Walking in Wonder with Kate Marianchild

Saturday May 18 2019   8:30 AM
The Oak Granary  12901 Eel River Rd, Potter Valley, CA  map

This easy walk will take you through a rolling green landscape dotted with ponds, wildflowers, and ancient oaks.You will see red-winged blackbirds and blue-gray gnatcatchers feeding their babies, and colorful orioles flying to and from their nests. Dragonflies and butterflies will be patrolling their territories, bluebelly lizards will be courting and mating, hummingbirds will be diving and squeaking. Lovely wildflowers, such as Ithuriel’s spear, Diogenes’ lantern, and Farewell to Spring will be blooming. Secrets of the Oak Woodlands author Kate Marianchild will regale you with fascinating nature lore about oaks, soaproot, purple needle grass, galls, cicadas, chorus frogs, lace lichen, caterpillars, and more. Bring a bag lunch, water, hat, and fragrance-free sunscreen. Wear tall socks that you can tuck your pants into.

Price: $50/person. Space is limited to 10 participants; register here or call Kate at (707) 463-0839 to reserve your space.

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.)