A Historic Working Ranch on the Sonoma County Coast 65 Miles North of San Francisco
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Bodega Bay Outdoor Adventures at Chanslor Ranch
(707) 875-2721 or the Adventures Office at (707) 922-6338
2014 Guided Wildlife Tracking Hikes
With Naturalist Jim Sullivan
at Chanslor Ranch, Bodega Bay, California
A VERY SPECIAL 2 1/2 to 3 HOUR GUIDED WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
ON THE SONOMA COUNTY COAST. ANIMAL & BIRD TRACKING, BIRD LANGUAGE AS WELL AS NATIVE PLANTS
Why Tracking? By Jim Sullivan
"Recreational tracking is derived from the traditional food gathering techniques of original people everywhere. In this country, as popularized by Tom Brown, it is derived largely from the Apache scout traditions of the Southwest, with contributions from many other traditional and modern sources.
As recreational trackers, we employ the techniques of traditional trackers to develop a deep understanding of animal life and of the environment they live in. Most animals are nocturnal and seldom seen. But by studying tracks we come to understand much about their lives. Trackers speak of getting inside the minds of animals. We teach ourselves to read tracks in much the same way we read a novel: our minds learn to generate an animated picture of the animal world, moving backward and forward in time, just as we do in a novel. We can
almost live in that world, just as we almost live in a good novel."
AREAS WE EXPLORE ON HIKES:
Salmon Creek Canyon, Sonoma Coast State Park
Topics covered: Identification, gaits, scat, sign, bird language.
"Getting inside the animal mind". Follow the tracks of otter,
bobcat, coyote, deer, badger and many other types of wildlife.
Observe native plants and birdlife
Type of hike: Light to moderate
Cost: $30 per person - Discounts for Club Members/Ranch Guests
Group Size: 8-10 - Ages: 9 and over (ask about exceptions)
What to wear: Long pants, jacket, shoes or boots which can get wet.
What you might want to bring: Water, sun protection, camera, journal,
binoculars (we do have compact loaner binoculars) wildlife calls.
Liability waiver form required
Meet in the Adventure Barn at 9:00 for morning hike
and 4:30 for afternoon hike.
Departure time: 9:15 Morning and 4:45 Afternoon Sessions
Length of event: 2.5 - 3.0 hours
Reservations: Required. We can also plan special group packages
FOR QUESTIONS & RESERVATIONS:
Call: CHANSLOR WILDLIFE at (707) 875-2721 or e-mail: Chanslor2660@gmail.com
Jim Sullivan is a 4th generation Sonoma county native, lifetime naturalist, biologist, and internationally certified tracker. He graduated from Notre Dame, studied in Vienna, UC Santa Barbara and S.F. State. Jim also teaches tracking at SRJC. He is also a professional artist and natural foods enthusiast.
- Camping & Wildlife Tracking Packages Available
- Room or Vacation Rental & Wildlife Hiking Packages
- Outdoor Adventure Hikes for Groups of 10 to 20
- Evening Hikes with Bonfire and Gourmet Wiener Roasts
or morning hikes with a picnic or campfire lunch
Track of coyote following black tail deer
Bobcat sharpend claws on tree
Camp and Track
Or just stay for the wiener roast.
Its an adventure either way!