Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

Tuesday Jan 20 2015   7:00 PM
Ukiah Civic Center  300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah, CA  map

Kate Marianchild, author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, will give a slideshow presentation for Peregrine Audubon Society’s monthly speaker program. Marianchild will illustrate many of the fascinating facts and stories from her book with vivid photographic images and gorgeous watercolors by Ann Meyer Maglinte. Audience members will crawl into woodrat houses, undulate in erotic mating balls with newts, and gaze at the sky through the third eye of a western fence lizard. The talk will also include tidbits about several species not treated in the book, such as northern flickers, wrentits, and tarantulas. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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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.)