Outdoor Adventures with Solano Land Trust in November

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Solano Land Trust and partners invite the community to have adventures outdoors in November. Participants on hikes can learn about migrating birds like the Rough-legged Hawk that have arrived to Solano County for the winter months, or may be stopping to rest and eat before continuing their journey to their winter home. As the rainy season starts and the dirt softens, there are also many opportunities to help plant and enhance restoration sites, and improve trails. For important details, including each activity’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150. November outdoor adventures include: Sat. Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Bird of Prey Hike: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present this popular series of birds of prey hikes of the winter migration season. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey.  It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle. This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot. The guided hike is $10 per person. You can pay online when registering, or bring cash/check, payable to Solano Land Trust. *NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks. Pre-registration required.  Sat. Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lynch Canyon and Newell Open Space Ridge Trail Day: On November 3, hundreds of volunteers will join the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and REI for the 10th annual Ridge Trail Day all around the Bay Area. Volunteers will repair trail tread, build fences, remove litter, and give the Ridge Trail some TLC! After their hard work volunteers will be able to socialize and have a chance to win great prizes from REI. Locally, volunteers can join the City of American Canyon, Solano County Parks, and Solano Land Trust, to enhance the Newell Open Space trailhead and neighboring trails in Lynch Canyon. Ages 14 and up are welcome to participate with adult supervision. Click here to register. Sat. Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King-Swett Ranches “Where the Wild Things Are” Hike: Wander the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo. Participants will get a great workout and learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity if they can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Up to 6 miles. Free. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. Fri. Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Get involved in science on Solano Land Trust lands. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. This month we will be caging stunted blue oak trees (Quercus douglasii). Space is limited. RSVP required to Ryan at: ryan@solanolandtrust.org. Sat. Nov. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Lynch Canyon Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free lunch and a parking pass provided. Sat. Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch Get the Rush! at Rush Ranch: On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary month to month. In November, kids and adults can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and learn why Rush Ranch is nationally famous by participating in tidal marsh activities. At 11:00, docents will lead families on an interpretive hike along the marsh. Visitors can also explore exhibits, wander trails on their own, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. Free. Fri. Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve #Optoutside and Walk Off That Turkey: Not into the usual Black Friday overload of consumption-shopping and sports TV? Why not gather up leftovers for lunch, your out of town guests, and the kids and come calmly explore a quiet hidden gem of Solano County with Solano Land Trust docents. Part of REI’s #OptOutside campaign. Four to six miles. Please read more details in the registration link below. Pre-registration strongly recommended. Ongoing at Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve Guided rides on your horse: Tours of Rockville Trails Preserve and Lynch Canyon are offered for experienced trail riders with fit horses that are both trail- and road-trained. Contact Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com. Parking is $6 at Lynch Canyon. The guided rides are free. Space is limited. Ongoing at Rush Ranch Horse Feeding Volunteer Opportunity: Get trained to feed the horses at Rush Ranch weekly throughout the year. Contact Tom at tmuehleise@aol.com. Explore on your own Lynch Canyon is open Fridays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to picnic, fly a kite, see cows and wildlife, and explore the hills on foot, mountain bike or horse. Parking is $6. Rush Ranch is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visitors to picnic, explore exhibits, see horses and cows, and walk alongside the tidal marsh or hike up hills. Parking is free. Both locations offer 360 degree views of Solano County and the Bay Area. Solano Land Trust protects land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.]]>

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