Monterey Bay Birding Festival: Exploring a Coast Live Oak Woodland with Kate Marianchild

Sunday Sep 25 2016   9:00 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve  , Watsonville, CA  map

Oak woodlands rank among the top three habitat types in North America for bird richness. Coast live oaks are the third most common kind of oak in California, and they are surprisingly popular with birds, as well as with insects and mammals. In this walk with Secrets of the Oak Woodlands author Kate Marianchild, we will hope to see and discuss intimate details of the behavior, anatomy, social structure, and ecosystem interactions of some of the various animal species, including (but not limited to): acorn woodpeckers, Hutton’s vireos, bushtits, oak titmice, wrentits, scrub-jays, and western fence lizards. We will see lace lichen, California buckeye, poison oak, toyon, and a Pajaro manzanita, along with woodrat tree houses. Did you know that woodrats help songbirds survive?

This event is part of the Twelfth Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival. To learn more about the festival and register for it, go to:

Kate MarianchildWhen Kate Marianchild migrated to the oak woodlands of inland Mendocino County in 2001, she promptly fell in love with an ecosystem. After writing for Audubon and other nature-oriented nonprofits for several years, she began the research that led to the writing of this book. Marianchild studied Chinese language and literature at UC Berkeley and New Asia College in Hong Kong, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature. Following years of grassroots political activism, she moved to Mendocino County in 1980 and supported herself as a carpenter while founding and running Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, a company that is still thriving today under new ownership. For the past thirteen years she has lived in a cozy twenty-five-foot-diameter yurt with no indoor plumbing except a sink and a two-gallon hot water heater. In addition to watching wildlife, leading nature walks, and giving slide presentations, Marianchild sings with two community choirs, kayaks, swims, and participates in the events of her beloved community. (Kate Marianchild was known as Kathy Roberts before she changed her name to honor her deceased mother.)