Community BioBlitz

To know your watershed is to love it. The first annual Know Your Watershed Week, April 28 -May 6, organized by Wolf Creek Community Alliance, will celebrate the Yuba, Bear and American River watersheds with many family-friendly activities and volunteer opportunities. Throughout the week, people of all ages will have the opportunity to learn what watershed they live in, discover interesting things about it, find out more about organizations that support watershed conservation, and have an enjoyable outdoor experience.

On Sunday, May 6, SYRCL is teaming up with Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) to offer a BioBlitz – a free event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch to the Cascade Canal/ Orene Weatherall trail from 10 am – 2 pm. Enjoy spending time in your watershed and learning about the plants, animals, and fungi that live there. No scientific experience is necessary – experts will be on hand to help identify species – just bring a camera, notebook and pencil or Smart Phone with the iNaturalist app downloaded. Data collected will help track the health of plant and wildlife habitat over time.

Parking is limited and carpooling is highly recommended.

Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, walking shoes with good tread and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Gracie Road Trailhead: Take either Gracie Road or Banner Lava Cap Road easterly from Nevada City. The parking area is on Gracie Road about 700 feet northwest (downhill) from the intersection with Banner-Lava Cap Road. Look for a “Cascade Canal Access Trail” sign on the east side of this parking area (N39.24106 W120.99855). A pleasant trail leads into the forest from this trailhead and connects with the main trail in 0.3 miles. Once at the main trailhead, stay left.

Spillover parking is available at the corner of Gracie and Banner Lava Cap. Please be mindful of the neighbors and be cautious of traffic when walking down Gracie Road to the lower trailhead parking lot.

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