Breaking Weather News for Northern California
At this moment Northern California is being lashed by a strong El Niño-powered rains. Sebastopol, my home town, is currently under the “atmospheric river” streaming in from the eastern Pacific. More than 40 mm of rain have fallen in my backyard rain gauge since midnight.
It’s forecast to rain for the next several days. The National Weather Service has posted both a Flood Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch for this region. California needs the rain, but maybe not quite so much in so short a time. It will fill our estuaries, that’s for sure.
California Certified Naturalist Program
I greatly admire John Muir and Charles Darwin. Both men were naturalists—people who observe, study, and interpret nature.
In retirement, I have felt drawn to becoming a naturalist. Almost every day—even when it’s raining—I find myself outdoors in nature. (If they continue, today’s torrential rains may make this day a rare exception.)
I’m learning to become a more attentive and patient observer. On each outing I try to see something new. When I get home from my outings, I often delve into my small library of field guides or go online to learn more about what I’ve observed. The more I learn about nature, the more I want to learn.
I started this blog to share what I see and learn on my paddling trips. I go hiking and mountain biking just as frequently, but I don’t blog about those outings unless they happen to be in estuarine settings.
Up to this point I’ve been an autodidact. Soon, though, I’m beginning formal instruction. I enrolled in the University of California Extension’s California Certified Naturalist Program offered through the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods in Guerneville. The program, I hope, will teach me to become a more skillful, careful, and disciplined observer and interpreter of the natural world.
Becoming a certified naturalist involves ten class meetings, two field outings, and a camping trip. Here’s the schedule.
CA Naturalist Certification Program Location & Dates
Stewards Office, Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve
2016 Class Meetings:
All Classes 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 23, 24
2016 Field Trips:
Day Trips 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Camping Trip 10:00 AM Sat – 3:00 PM Sun
If any readers of this blog want to sign up for the training, here’s a link to more information.