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Summertime in the dunes

Hikers trek across a restored dune near Lake Earl. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Hikers trek across a restored dune near Lake Earl. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
CRESCENT CITY — Organizers have announced the Tolowa Coast Summer 2013 Nature Programs, which will be held every weekend through Sept. 1.

The educational and interpretive programs are sponsored by the Redwood Parks Association and the Tolowa Dunes Stewards, in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state parks.

This is the 10th summer that a wide variety of weekly field trips and nature programs have been offered on the public lands of Tolowa Dunes State Park, the Lake Earl Wildlife Area, and Point St. George Heritage Area.

Most programs are on Sundays and start and end at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road, Crescent City (see schedule at right).

This coming Sunday, June 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., botanist Laura Julian will lead a coastal dune wildflower slide program followed by a stroll through Tolowa Dunes State Park. Participants will take a 2-mile round-trip through a variety of dune habitats. Discover which native plants and flowers are in bloom and how they survive in a windy and sandy world. 

Wear comfortable shoes, long-sleeved shirt and pants; bring drinking water, snacks, and mosquito repellent.

Julian is a botanist and exotic plant management specialist with Redwood National and State Parks. She is a member of the North Chapter of California Native Plant Society and is actively involved in coastal dunes conservation and restoration. She has recently completed her master’s thesis at Humboldt State University on the native bee species found in Tolowa Dunes State Park.

Future summer programs include Tolowa culture, wetlands ecology, dune wildflowers, lichens, coastal birds, dragonflies, an all-day hike, and dune restoration. All programs and field trips are led by regional biologists, botanists, naturalists, and experts in their field.

For more information, call Sue Calla at 707-465-6191. 

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