An Exhausting But Interesting Weekend at EcoCamp Berryessa

Tuleyome staff (of which I’m a part) and members enjoyed a great event at Ecocamp Berryessa over the weekend. Almost 70 people showed up, and participated in a picnic BBQ, a prize drawing, an impromptu hike along the North End Trail, fun on the water, and lots of comradery.

Wildlife was heard and spotted throughout the event including foxes, coyotes, osprey, herons ans egrets, Turkey Vultures, Brewer’s Blackbirds, Scrub Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers, a Barn Owl and a Great Horned Owl. We also heard a pair of cows mooing on the lakeshore after they escaped from a nearby ranch.

Thank you to all of the donors who came out to celebrate with us. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you, too, to Chris Cahill and the Napa Parks and Open Space District for making the camp available for use; and to the G Street Grille and their chefs for the wonderful BBQ.

CLICK HERE to see the photo album.  Most of the photos are by me, but some are also by Eric Barnett.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.