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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks

October 13, 8:30 a.m. – Bird Inventory
Note the earlier walk time

Jim Royer will lead us on a bird inventory walk in preparation for the Big Sit! on S unday, October 14. This international event hosted by Birdwatcher’s Digest ( pits participating groups of birders a gainst one another to identify the most species of birds in one day. Our Big Sit! takes place at Bush Lupine Point. Join Jim on Saturday in finding and identifying 60 or more species of birds throughout the Elfin Forest and in the Morro Bay estuary. Regardless of your birding experience, you’ll come away knowing more about birds, their calls, their habits and habitats

October 20, 9:30 a.m. – The Importance of Soils to the Elfin Forest

Have you heard the term “Baywood Fine Sand?” It’s the name of the predominant soil in Los Osos, as well as in the Elfin Forest. It’s what you walk on when the pavement ends, because all of Los Osos was once a series of sand dunes. Cal Poly soil scientist Chip Appel will describe local soils and talk about their importance in determining what plants will grow in them. We’ll learn how sandy soil both benefits and stresses plants. Chip will also explain why the presence of sandy soils in Los Osos reflects climate change and seismic activity over the past couple million years.

November 17, 9:30 a.m. – Tuning in to Nature Writers

Do you enjoy being read to? Here’s an opportunity to stroll around the Elfin Forest boardwalk and hear the thoughts and words of famous natural history writers. Historian Robert Pavlik will share selections from the works of Robinson Jeffers, Wallace Stegner, Rachel Carson, Gary Snyder, and other writers and poets from this and past centuries. Bob will provide you with a delightful menu of descriptions and impressions to enjoy in the Elfin Forest environment. He’ll also bring a handout of his readings for those who want to read further.

When and Where?

Walks in the Elfin Forest begin at times stated above at the north end (1100 block) of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel in Los Osos. Wear comfortable shoes, long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Park carefully, avoiding driveways and mailboxes, and leave pets at home. The easy paced walks last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. For more information call (805) 528-0392.