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Community Education
Walks, Talks & Classes

January | February

The Laguna Foundation is proud to collaborate with local biologists, artists, educators, herbalists, naturalists, and partner organizations to offer a wide range of natural and cultural history online programs, presentations, and outings all year long. Whether you’d like to learn a new skill, enjoy the beautiful Laguna scenery, or attend a fun event with your family, the Laguna Foundation has a variety of offerings to deepen your appreciation for the Laguna de Santa Rosa, connect with nature, and inspire a vibrant community dedicated to lifelong learning.

We are in an unprecedented period of uncertainty with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting families, workplaces, schools, businesses, and all other facets of life in communities from Sonoma County to across the world. Here at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, we are adjusting our operations to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, service vendors, and visitors.

We look forward to resuming in-person programs once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please browse our selection of recorded webinars and other activities on our Educational Resources page, and check back for future online programs.

 

January



Presented in partnership with:

Birding to Beat the Winter Blues Series Event

Bird-Noticing and the Power of Attention
Online Q&A with Jenny Odell, New York Times Bestselling Author of “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
Tuesday, January 26, 2021. 2:30pm – 3:45pm.
Free (suggested donation $5– $15). Pre-registration required.

Jenny Odell, New York Times bestselling author of “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” will kick off our winter series “Birding to Beat the Winter Blues” with a candid Q&A with Allison Titus, Community Education Manager. We will discuss the practice of birdwatching (or “bird-noticing, as Odell calls it), the power of attention, and the lessons we can learn from listening to and observing the natural world.

Jenny Odell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Her work celebrates and seeks new angles on the everyday, often using digital means to bring attention to one's physical environment and bioregion.

Odell has been an artist in residence at The San Francisco Planning Department, Recology SF (the dump), the New York Public Library, and the Internet Archive. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Paris Review, and last year she reviewed bird songs for The Believer. For the last six years, Odell has taught art at Stanford University. Her book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, was published in 2019.

This free program is made possible with support from the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Community Investment Program.



Presented in partnership with:

Birding to Beat the Winter Blues Series Event

Breaking Into Birdwatching
Webinar with Miles and Teresa Tuffli
Friday, January 29, 2021. 1:00pm – 2:30pm.
Free (suggested donation $5– $15). Pre-registration required.

Calling all new birders, bird-curious folks, or seasoned birders looking to refresh! Miles and Teresa Tuffli are back with us again to teach how to break into the world of birdwatching. Start your new year with tips on how to grow your birdwatching abilities, and keep learning.

Discover the best places and times to look for birds and how to locate them. Learn the art of HOW to look at a bird, including the most important things to notice when you see one you don’t recognize. They’ll give you tips on using binoculars, getting the most out of your field guide, and even how to start birding by ear! They’ll touch upon bird behavior and discuss the importance of understanding the shared characteristics within some common bird families. To wrap up, they’ll analyze photographs of some common birds in Sonoma County to demonstrate how to look at a bird you’re hoping to identify.

Teresa and Miles Tuffli are avid birders from Guerneville who especially love helping “bird-curious” folks take the next step of getting into the field to enjoy the bird world! They lead guided bird walks and give educational presentations for local organizations like LandPaths, Sonoma Land Trust, Redwood Region Ornithological Society, Marin Audubon Society, PRNSA Field Institute, and the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival. Residents of West Sonoma County for 11 years, Miles and Teresa also enjoy writing about and documenting our local birds at their website: I’m Birding Right Now.

This free program is made possible with support from the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Community Investment Program.


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February



Presented in partnership with:


Inseparable: Water, Wetlands & Life
Honoring World Wetlands Day and the Laguna de Santa Rosa 
Webinar with Laguna Foundation's Anne Morkill, Executive Director,
and Christine Fontaine, Director of Education
Tuesday, February 2. 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
FREE. Pre-registration required.

World Wetlands Day 2021 is particularly special to Sonoma County because it marks ten years since the Laguna de Santa Rosa was first designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the United Nations’ Ramsar Convention. During this informative and visually beautiful presentation, we will explore the critical role of wetlands on a global scale and journey across a diversity of wetland habitats through the US, California, and the Bay Area to our own Laguna de Santa Rosa.

In the not too distant past, wetlands were regarded as wastelands. Most people felt that they were places to be avoided, and it was common practice to drain them, fill them, or treat them as dumping grounds. Yet, wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems that supply all our fresh water and provide many services essential to all life on earth. We now know valuing and protecting them is a global responsibility. If you have ever experienced the sights and sounds of thousands of waterfowl lifting off a wetland at dawn, enjoyed eating a meal with rice, fish or shellfish, had a close-up encounter with any one of hundreds of diverse wildlife species that depend on wetlands, or maybe even kayaked in the Laguna or paused to marvel at its ability to grow to the size of a vast lake to hold rainwater after a big winter storm, you have a sense of the value of these diverse ecosystems. Join us to expand your love of the wetlands and our home environment.

We invite you to visit our staff webpage to learn more about our presenters for this event.

There is no charge for this event, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of  Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.


 

Presented in partnership with:

Birding to Beat the Winter Blues Series Event

Migración: cómo conectan el mundo los pájaros
Programa bilingue en Español e Ingles
Jueves, 4 de Febrero, 2020 4:00 – 5:00pm.
Gratis (donación sugerida $5 – $15). Se requiere registración.

¡Acompáñenos para un programa virtual divertido diseñado para toda la familia sobre pájaros! ¿Sabías que los pájaros migran miles de millas sobre montañas, mares y hasta continentes? ¡Algunos de estos pájaros migrantes pasan por aquí en el condado de Sonoma! Aprenda más sobre los viajes maravilloso de nuestros amigos plumados y que tenemos en común con ellos en este programa bilingüe con Irma Cuevas y Allison Titus.

Migration: How Birds Connect the World
Bilingual Program in Spanish and English
Thursday, February 4, 2020. 4:00 – 5:00pm.
Free (suggested donation $5 – $15). Pre-registration required.

Join us for this fun online program for the whole family all about birds! Did you know many birds migrate thousands of miles across mountain ranges, oceans, and continents? Some of these birds stop here in Sonoma County! Learn more about the amazing journeys of our feathered friends and what we have in common in this bilingual program with Irma Cuevas and Allison Titus.

BIO: Irma is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Sonoma County Regional Parks. Her professional goals include elevating community engagement and programming at Regional Parks to increase equity and inclusivity with historically under-served communities. She has a deep knowledge of the park system and cultural history of our county that she passionately shares with park visitors and the community.  Irma is a proud founding member of SoCo LEARN and strives to be of resource to her community, colleagues and county at large. Irma is known for her sense of humor, love of the ocean, music, traveling and geeking out on tide pools.

This free program is made possible with support from the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Community Investment Program.


 

Presented in partnership with:

Birding to Beat the Winter Blues Series Event

Waterfowl of the Laguna de Santa Rosa & the Pacific Flyway
Webinar with Dave Barry
Thursday, February 11. 6:00pm – 7:15pm.
FREE (suggested donation $5– $15). Pre-registration required.

Ducks, geese, wonderful waterfowl! Learn about how the Laguna de Santa Rosa is an important stopover along the Pacific Flyway for thousands of migrating ducks and other water-loving birds during the winter. Learn cool facts, like the difference between “dabbling" and “diving” ducks, how far geese migrate, and how to tell the difference between male and female waterfowl. We will also talk about some of the challenges that these birds face, as well as conservation success stories.

Dave Barry is a certified California Naturalist, a certification program created by UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Dave brings a breath of experience and knowledge of birding and nature to his volunteer work mentoring young birders, leading bird tours and nature hikes, and giving natural history talks. Dave is a Santa Rosa native and has done programs with LandPaths, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space, the Wildlands Conservancy, and is a lead naturalist with West County Hawk Watch.

This free program is made possible with support from the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Community Investment Program.


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For more information, contact Allison Titus, Community Education Program Manager
(707) 527-9277 xt. 110 or by email at Allison@LagunaFoundation.org.

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