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Kern River Valley Bioregions Festival

Come join us on Earth Day, April 27, to celebrate the uniqueness of the Kern River Valley!

Saturday April 27, 2019 at Circle Park Kernville and at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA

For more information please visit the Southern Sierra Research Center.

The clean, sharp smell of Great Basin Sage in the wind….a Scott’s Oriole perched atop of a Kern Joshua…..mixed flocks of warblers foraging in a huge cottonwood….the call of a Wren-tit bouncing over a dense stand of chaparral… the deep blue skies and towering pines of the Sierra Nevada….

It is not unusual to encounter these things as you travel around California. It is unusual however, to come across all of them within a few miles of one another – but that’s exactly what you can do in the Kern River Valley. Located at the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada, the Kern River Valley is a unique place. Five of California’s six bioregions (a region defined by characteristics of the natural environment rather than by man-made divisions) meet here in the Kern River Valley: Great Basin, Mojave Desert, Coastal Chaparral, Sierran Forest and California Grassland; including the largest remaining contiguous riparian forest in the state. With so many different habitats meeting in one place, plants and animals usually separated by many miles can be spotted within a short distance including 350 bird species, 138 butterfly species, 2,000+ species of plants, and the highest mammal diversity in the United States (115 species). The Kern River Valley Bioregions Festival is an annual event that celebrates the local unique biological diversity found in the valley.

Come join us to celebrate the uniqueness of the Kern River Valley!

EVENTS - will be headquartered in Kernville at Circle Park and at the Audubon Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA.
Walks are free and spaces for events are limited. Additional events may be added.
Sign up at Circle Park or to obtain more information for events please contact Wendy Rannals at wrannals@fs.fed.us

7:00-9:00 Guided Bird walks at the Kern River Preserve, Weldon. Take a 1 mile walk through cottonwood-willow riparian forest and forest restoration plots along the South Fork Kern River. Each walk will take between one and two hours. Meet at the Kern River Preserve headquarters in Weldon.

9:30-1130 Guided nature walk at the Kern River Preserve, the nature trail begins at the headquarters sign. It’s about one mile long, the trail takes an hour to walk at a good pace. Expect to spend two or three hours if you want to experience the extraordinary plant and animal diversity.

7:30-10:00 Bird Banding Demonstration at the Kern River Preserve Conservation Ecologist with the Southern Sierra Research Station. Meet at the Kern River Preserve Headquarters in Weldon. No dogs at the banding station please. No limit for participants or reservations required.

7:30-10:00 Guided bird identification walk at Tillie Creek Campground by John Schmitt, naturalist and professional wildlife artist. Come hear/see a variety of local and migratory birds.

9:00 - 10:00 Wildflower Hike
Cannell Trail Wildflower Walk by Steve Anderson, Biologist USFS. Meet at Circle
Park and caravan to the Cannell Trail. This will include hiking along a trail and the hills sides of Cannell Trail
discussing and identifying flowers, types of brush and some historical features. Area subject to change, Participant total
limited to 15.

10:00 - 1:00 Friday April 26th Paintings by Carla Aubrey of Historic Forest Service Fire Lookouts at the Kern Valley Museum Annex.

12:30 - 2:00 Keysville Historic mining walk and talk by Tim Kelly, Archaeologist USFS. Meet at Keysville road across from Main Dam Campground. Hiking up to 4 miles throughout the Keysville area making stops at various locations of historic features along the way. Participant total limited to 12.

6:30pm Owl Prowl in the Greenhorn Mountains by John Schmitt, volunteer. Meet at the intersection between Rancheria Rd and 155 on the Greenhorn Summit near the USFS Summit Fire Station. Come enjoy searching for local Owls including Great-Horned Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Northern Saw-Whet Owl, Spotted Owl, and Northern Pygmy Owl with our own Owl enthusiast.

ACTIVITIES AND VENDORS
Information booths from USFS (defensible forest space), Panorama Vista Preserve, Bakersfield Reptile Club, Kern Audubon, Kerncrest Audubon, California Living Museum (CALM), Southern Sierra
Research Station, Keepers of the Kern, Onyx Collector, Tübatulabal Native Americans, US Department of Fish & Wildlife, Friends of the Condor, Red Rock Canyon Park, Tule Elk Preserve, Buck Rock Foundation, music by Archie Logsdon and others. There will also be a kids' s activity table and face painting. Sign up at Circle Park or to obtain more information for events please contact Wendy Rannals at
wrannals@fs.fed.us 

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