Secrets of the Oak Woodlands at REI Berkeley

Wednesday Nov 30 2016   7:00 PM
REI Berkeley  1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

In this illustrated lecture, Kate Marianchild will lead you on a romp through California’s oak woodlands, our state’s most diverse and widespread terrestrial ecosystem. Combining up-to-the-minute science with humor and fascinating stories, Kate explores the intimate lives and interconnections of California’s oak woodlands, from manzanita, mistletoe, and lace lichen to acorn woodpeckers, newts, and woodrats. Home to more species than any other terrestrial ecosystems in the state, our endangered oak woodlands are California’s foremost reservoirs of life. Copies of Kate’s book, Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, will be available for sale.

Free and open to the public; register online here.

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.)