community watershed restoration since 1983

Wildlife Tracking – MFI Short Course

Mattole Field Institute Spring Series 2017 – Widlife Tracking with Kim Cabrera, April 19

On April 19, thirteen community members joined professional tracker Kim Cabrera for an introduction to wildlife tracking techniques. The group, ranging from 8 years old to roughly 70, explored exposed mud and sandbars in the Mattole River estuary.   

Despite recent rains,we encountered tracks made by coyote and deer, and when we went to investigate an area where otter tracks had been seen the day before, we were in for a grand surprise. The otter tracks, sadly, had been washed away by rising estuary tidewaters, but as we stood in the area, one of the boys participating in the course nonchalantly stated, “there’s an otter.” We looked, and there was a river otter swimming about twenty feet in front of us. “Wouldn’t it be cool if he climbed up on the bank and made some tracks for us?” Kim joked. The otter obliged. We watched as the otter clambered out of the water through some wet sand (perfect tracking substrate!) and then frolicked in a patch of dry sand, rolling around and showing us his white underbelly. As we photographed and gawked, he then defecated and eventually returned to the water.

Kim then led us to his tracks and scat and we had an excellent session of learning about otters. The children present particularly loved learning how to pour plaster to make casts of the tracks. Kim taught us some fundamentals of tracking lost humans, and how to differentiate various animals’ tracks.  Our day was cut short by a powerful rainstorm, but all were energized and grateful for the magical encounter we’d had with the otter, and for another beautiful day out in the field in the Mattole.

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Pro-Mattole!

Join us in celebrating the Mattole, everyone is welcome to this free event at the Mattole Grange!

Kids activities (4-6 p.m.)

Lost Coast Camp staff and friends are bringing their fun games for a super exciting kid zone!

 Tug-of war Contest (5 p.m.)

What?! Better start getting your team of 5 together now, because the competition will be tough! In addition to the ultimate bragging rights, we’ll have some sweet prizes too.

Prizes – Beer – Dinner (6 p.m.)

Door prizes, local brews, the most delicious food to be found in the Mattole – halibut tacos with corn salad from Calamity Coast Catering ($5)– come out and treat yourself! Our local businesses and groups will have booths set-up showcasing all the Valley has to offer (contact Cassie at 629-3514 if you want to table)

Square Dancing (7-9 p.m.)

What better way to spend a Saturday night than square dancing to our local talents, with calling by one of the best. Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a rockin’ good time!

Mattole Valley Mudstompers, with calling by Lyndsey Battle

 

ALL local groups and businesses invited to table -for more info, contact Cassie at (707) 629-3514 or cassie@mattole.org.

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Birds, Blues, and Brews!

Come support the Mattole Restoration Council with a perfect trifecta of bird calls and trivia, fantastic blues to swing music, and delicious Mad River beer! In addition to a great time, $1 from each pint goes to support local, environmental restoration work in the Mattole.

At the Mad River Brewing Company in Blue Lake –  Wednesday, April 19th from 5-9pm.

BIRDS

We all know Humboldt hosts a wealth of birds, and plenty of bird lovers! Do you have a stellar bird call? Bring it for a chance to win a prize in our bird call competition! No bird calls, but plenty of bird knowledge? Join us for our bird trivia round! Bird calls and trivia, 7-7:30

 

BLUES

Strap on your dancing shoes! Blase Bonpane and the Soulmates are bringing their Blues to Swing experience for your enjoyment. For a sneak peak of their fantastic sound, you can visit their website here: https://www.blasebonpaneandthesoulmates.com/. Music from 6-8:30pm.

 

BREWS

Oh Mad River Brewing, from your delicious beers to your community engagement– we are fans! MRB is donating $1 from each pint  sold on April 19 to the Mattole Restoration Council, thank you! https://www.madriverbrewing.com/

 

 

MATTOLE RESTORATION COUNCIL

We’re a local non-profit that has been working to restore and conserve the health of the Mattole River Watershed in Southern Humboldt for over 30 years – through native plants, forest health, and education, we’re working throughout the watershed. To learn more about what we do, check out our website. www.mattole.org

 

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Volunteer at the Native Plant Nursery

Interns and Volunteers help at the nursery

Do you like working with native plants? How about helping out our community? If so, come get your hands dirty with us at the Native Plant Nursery on Mondays from 10-12pm. This is also a great time to stop by for plant and seed inquiries.
Tasks vary weekly – but you can expect to enjoy simple fulfilling jobs such as transplanting trees, preparing seedlings to be planted, and maintaining our native Seed Farms.

Can’t make it out but still want to support the nursery? You can find some of the plants that we sell here.

For more information or to find out what we are doing this week, contact Veronica at 629-3514, or veronica@mattole.org.

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Medicinal Herbs MFI Course

On April 1, Mattole Field Institute ran a well-attended, free field course on Medicinal Herbs with a local herbalist Nicole Gagliano of Wild and Wise Herbal CSA. Twenty-three community members came out for the instructional hike, which was noteworthy due to another popular event being subsequently scheduled on the same day. One delightful outcome of this field course was that it was attended by young and old: participants ranged from 6 years old to elders in their 70s. We learned to identify various medicinal plants growing along roadsides and in the forest of lower Mill Creek, and then had a focused classroom session where we discussed medicinal properties of the plants, with a hands-on session of medicine-making. Participants who stayed

for the latter portion took home medicinal tinctures and salves that they had prepared themselves, as well as a guide to herbal medicine-making prepared by Nicole.

Thank you Nicole and everyone that attended! And, thank you the Grace US Foundation for making this course possible!

To learn more about Nicole’s herbal CSA, Wild and Wise, visit wildandwisecsa.com.

For additional upcoming courses, click here.

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MFI Short Courses, Free and Open to the Public!

DATE CHANGE: Birding Mattole Beach and Estuary will now be offered on June 11.

Thanks to the generous support of Grace US Foundation, the Mattole Field Institute is excited to offer a series of 1-day courses that are free and open to the public! However, space is limited – so please RSVP with flora@mattole.org if you are interested in attending any of these great classes.

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Sudden Oak Death Commmunity Meeting

Sudden Oak Death and the Mattole Watershed

Please join the Mattole Restoration Council and the University of California Cooperative Extension for a community meeting on the current status of sudden oak death (SOD) in the Mattole watershed. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session and field training to teach participants how to identify SOD symptoms and collect their own samples for SOD verification.

Please bring your own lunch. If you suspect to have SOD infected trees on your property, feel free to bring bay leaf samples for lab testing. For more information on identifying SOD symptoms, please visit:

http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/diagnosis-and-management/hosts-and-symptoms/

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Tree Planting in the Mattole Estuary

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Event Location:

Mattole Estuary, off of Lighthouse Rd.

Approximate address: 2885 Lighthouse Rd, Petrolia, CA 95558

(For GPS purposes only, as address marker does not exist.)


If coming north from the Petrolia General Store, follow the Mattole Road south out of town. Continue about a mile down the road, crossing the river, and then take a right on Lighthouse Rd. Follow Lighthouse Rd. for 3.7 miles, until you see a two-track on the right, with Volunteer Event signage.  If you drive over Bear Creek, which flows directly on top of Lighthouse Rd, you’ve gone about a quarter mile too far.

If coming from Honeydew to the south, head west on Mattole Rd. out of town. Follow Mattole Rd. for 13.6 miles, until turning left onto Lighthouse Rd, directly before a bridge which crosses over the Mattole River. Follow Lighthouse Rd. for 3.7 miles, until you see a two-track on the right, with Volunteer Event signage.  If you drive over Bear Creek, which flows directly on top of Lighthouse Rd, you’ve gone about a quarter mile too far.

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