FAIRFIELD — Nature lovers have ample opportunity this week to not only experience some of the most pristine settings in Solano County, but to also get their hands dirty keeping one of those vistas in tip-top condition.
These opportunities come courtesy of the Solano Land Trust and the county.
Start the week from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday with a visit to Rush Ranch for Carols of the Birds: Winter Songs in the Marsh.
The visit includes a brief demonstration of bird songs followed by a quiet, gentle walk with some uneven ground.
Participants should bring a backpack with plenty of water along with snacks or a picnic lunch; wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes; and have protection from the sun, wind and fog. Binoculars are also recommended.
Rush Ranch is located approximately 2 miles south of Highway 12 on Grizzly Island Road. Visitors are asked to meet guide Gayle Vaughan in the brick courtyard. Rain or strong wind cancels the event. RSVP to Vaughan at 745-8322.
Next up, the Solano Land Trust seeks trail crew volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park.
Volunteers will help repair eroded damage on existing trails. Organizers ask volunteers to meet Solano Land Trust Land Steward Ken Poerner at the kiosk in the parking lot for orientation and training. Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, heavy work gloves, sunglasses and boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is located at 3100 Lynch Road in Vallejo. To RSVP or for more information, call Poerner at 580-6277. Rain cancels event, call Poerner if weather is uncertain.
Finally, a free guided nature walk will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Solano Park, located at 8685 Pleasants Valley Road in Winters.
Volunteers Cricket Kanouff and Kitty Van Newkoop will lead the easy-paced tour, with a focus on history and native plants.
Participants are asked to meet the guides in front of Nature Center at the west entrance to the park. There is a fee for parking, but no RSVP is necessary. Heavy rain cancels the walk.
For information in advance, call 451-7699. For same-day information, call 530-795-2990.
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