Wings Over the Basin
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Celebrating the 40-Year Anniversary of the Historic Marbled Murrelet Nest Discovery,
Big Basin Redwoods State Park invites those who love birds and butterflies to attend Wings Over the Basin.
Experience the park’s varied winged life on field trips, guided bird and butterfly walks, and at an evening campfire presentation. See the schedule online at http://wingsoverthebasin2014.weebly.com/schedule.html
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Owls of the Redwood Forest
7:15 pm to 10 pm
Join Jan Hintermeister on a two-mile hike to learn about the rarely seen but sometimes heard owls at Big Basin. Experience the nocturnal world of owls while listening for our local species. Whooooo knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and hear one! Be prepared to stand quietly and patiently in cold weather. Dress in layers of quiet clothing, wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring a flashlight and binoculars (if you have them). Meet at Park Headquarters.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Birds of the Redwood Forest
9:30 am to 11 am
On this 1-1/2 mile walk you’ll learn about common birds of the redwood forest. Meet at Park Headquarters. Binoculars recommended (but not required).
Hermit Thrush Migration
12 pm to 1:15 pm
Learn about research being done at Big Basin Redwoods State Park by Allison Nelson to discover the fascinating migratory patterns of the Hermit Thrush. Meet at Park HQ at noon; we’ll walk to nearby Old Lodge for the presentation.
Once Upon a Nest
2:30 pm to 4 pm
Listen to tales of the history and lore of the endangered marbled murrelet as you follow the path of its discovery right here in the center of Big Basin with special guests Steve and Stephanie Singer and Docent Karen DeMello. You’ll also meet typical birds of the redwood forest along the way on this 1-1/2 mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Binoculars recommended (not required).
Music and Marshmallows!
6:30 pm to 7 pm
Listen and sing-along with special musical guests “Mostly Mediocre Musical Monarch Mariposas” (a.k.a. the 5Ms) while roasting marshmallows before the campfire presentation. The 5Ms will also provide post-campfire presentation entertainment. Meet at the Campfire Center.
“Jays and Murrelets” Campfire Program
7 pm to 8 pm
A Tale of Two Birds: Jays and Murrelets in California State Parks Why are there so many jays in California state parks? What do they eat and where do they go? Join scientist Elena West and her research team to learn about the results of her five year study on the behavior of Steller’s jays in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They will discuss the dynamic relationship between Steller’s jays and humans, and what this means for the conservation of Marbled murrelets. Meet at the Campfire Center near Park Headquarters. Afterwards, enjoy music by the 5Ms!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Dawn Marbled Murrelet Survey
5:15 am to 6:30 am
It’s a bit late in the season to hear and see Marbled Murrelets flying over, but Docent Karen DeMello will be up just in case this remarkable bird happens to be circling over the old growth forest nesting area before heading out to sea. Feel free to bring a folding chair or blankets to be comfy. Meet at Park Headquarters at 5:15 am sharp.
Jays and Murrelets Walk
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Birds with bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to study the Steller’s Jays. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Butterflies and Other Wings
10 am to 3 pm
National Park Service Biologist Paul Johnson returns to search for butterflies, beetles, dragonflies and other fascinating insects. We’ll hike 1-1/2 miles to explore a sunnier section of Big Basin (4 miles total). Meet at Park Headquarters. Bring lunch/snacks, water and binoculars (if you have them).
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