CalNat 2019 Winter Class 7, 03-22-19

The focus of today’s Certified California Naturalist class was “Animals”, and our guest speaker was Diane Nichols, the founder and Executive Director of Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis, CA.

Gere is a short video clip of a part of the presentation: https://youtu.be/-CoWsQQdAPY

CLICK HERE for the full album of photos.

Student Johannes Troost brought along a resource book on trees to share with the class. And student Mary Scheidt brought in her cyanotype print showing the different life-stages of the California Poppy.

Today’s class activities included our “Coyote CSI”; challenge. Students were presented with the skeleton of a young coyote and asked to determine how the coyote had died.

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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.