Subject: Open Space Outlook June 2017


OPEN SPACE OUTLOOK

June 2017

Bobcat Release at Little Uvas Open Space Preserve
The Open Space Authority recently joined its partner, Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center (WERC), at Little Uvas Open Space Preserve for the release of a bobcat named Oakley back into the wild. WERC has been caring for Oakley for the last 9 months and it was finally time for her to go back home.
Watch as Oakley ventures back into the wild and learn more about her care at WERC.
The Authority was happy to partner with WERC to provide a thriving habitat for Oakley. Little Uvas Open Space Preserve has the essential elements for Oakley to survive, including water and food sources, oak woodlands, and more. To learn more about how bobcats use their habitat, the Authority is using radio collar technology to track their movement between the Santa Cruz Mountains, through Coyote Valley, and the Diablo Range. This study will inform the Authority and its conservation partners on the vital habitats and pathways wildlife are using to help us protect these species. Learn more about this wildlife connectivity research on our website.

Summer in the Preserves
Summer in the Santa Clara Valley brings long, hot, and sunny days. As temperatures rise, even this winter’s whopping rains won’t be enough to keep the grasses green. Observe this seasonal cycle as our green hills fade to gold.
 
Although summer is a tough time for the region’s plants and animals, it is a perfect time to hit the trails. As you plan your summer vacation and adventures, don’t forget to take some time to enjoy your local open space preserves. Here is a quick reminder of trail etiquette and hiking safety tips.
 
Most importantly, know your limits. There’s no shame in cutting a hike short if you are feeling hot or tired. Pack more water than you think you need. Wear a hat, comfortable clothes, and sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen.  Days are long, but plan carefully to ensure you are out of the preserve by sunset. Also, use our trail maps to know the name of the trail you are on and pay attention to distinctive landmarks, such as creeks. If you, or someone else is in need of help, you’ll be able to direct rescuers to your location. And above all else, have fun and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

Nature Photographer Extraordinaire
Retired electrical engineer Ron Horii uses his nature photography skills to open people’s eyes to the wonders of our big backyard. He has been walking the preserves and taking photos since the Authority’s inception in 1993.

“I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures of nature,” he said. “When I’d go hiking for exercise, I’d stop and take pictures of the scenery—flowers, water, trees."


As an Open Space docent, he teaches photography and how to view the many facets of the natural world through a camera lens. Ron’s exquisite landscape photos have gained public attention and enticed more people to explore the natural world. “With more people out on the trails, the demand for conservation and open space will continue to grow,” he said.
Who Am I?
I have a distinctive plume — sometimes called a topknot — that juts off the tip of my head. I’m plump with a black throat, gray breast, and a tan and white body. You may spot me scurrying across the trail, particularly in Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. And, during June and July, I may be followed by eight-or-so fist-sized babies.
Moonlit Watershed Walk
Join us for a fun and engaging family-friendly walk along Coyote Creek. Learn about the nocturnal animals that live here and enjoy the early evening with stories and a campfire setting. There will be s’mores, games, and other interactive experiences on this walk.

Friday, June 9, 2017
7 to 10 p.m.
Kelley Park
Register here for more information!
Binocular Stargazing
Want to learn the night sky? Did you know that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a telescope to do so? All you need is a decent pair of binoculars. You will learn all about how the night sky changes by the hour, month, and year.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Register here for more information!
Who Am I? Answer
I’m a California quail. Although I’m the California state bird, I’m also found in parts of Oregon, Washington and Nevada. I prefer chaparral or scrub habitat, where there are plenty of seeds and leaves, which interestingly, I digest with the help of protozoan, or single-celled organism, that lives in my intestines. Once a year, usually in May, I find a sheltered spot on the ground to line a nest with grass and leaves and lay about 12 eggs. Males help care for the chicks when they emerge about three weeks later. I’m usually on the ground, but I can fly, although often just enough to take cover in brush. And, for trivia fans, a new word: A group of quail is called a “covey.”
Photo Credits

Bobcat video - Mike Hundt
Coyote Valley Hikers - Ron Horii

Ron Horii - Chris Horii
CA Quail - ccAllan Hack
Kelley Park - Ron Horii
Stars - Chris Verburg
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