CANCELED: Extraordinary Ordinary Birds of California’s Oak Woodlands

Sunday Apr 15 2018   5:30 PM
China Camp State Park - Lower Village Museum  100 China Camp Village Rd, San Rafael, CA  map

Join Friends of China Camp for a very special presentation by award-winning naturalist and author, Kate Marianchild.

California’s oak woodlands host at least 147 bird species, many of which are so common they are often dismissed as ordinary. But can we use the word “ordinary” for the birds who build one of the most intricate nests in the world? Or the jays who have planted almost all of California’s oaks and whose intelligence may surpass that of the great apes? This talk will open your eyes to the marvelous survival strategies, behaviors, and social structures of birds we see every day in California’s oak woodlands, and these common birds will never again seem ordinary.

Admission: $10. Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve, please email, or call (415) 456-0766 with your name, phone number, and total number of places you are reserving.

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.)