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Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival

Last weekend, May 3 and 4, the Audubon Society’s Kern River Preserve held their 14th Annual Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival (formerly the Bioregions Festival).

Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve in Weldon hosted numerous free events, including bird walks led by Kerncrest Audubon Society volunteers, bird banding with the Southern Sierra Research Station, and information booths and exhibits located in the large, shaded front yard of Preserve Headquarters.

BLM-California's Ridgecrest Field Office took part in the event, hosting an information table. BLM biologists Bob Parker and Shelley Ellis and BLM archaeologist Don Storm answered visitors questions and presented displays of bird beaks, feet, and wings and other educational materials on natural and cultural topics. (continued below photo)

BLM display table at the Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival

The Kern River Preserve offered birding and natural history field trips with expert leaders from April 30 - May 6. The Festival also offered a variety of activities for all interests and age levels. Field trips were limited to between five and twenty people to insure the highest quality and most enjoyable birding and natural history experiences.

Located at the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada, the Kern Valley is a unique place where several major California ecological regions merge: Great Basin Desert, Mojave Desert, Chaparral, Sierran Forest, and Great Valley Grassland, including the largest remaining contiguous riparian forest in California.

The Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival is a celebration of the miracle of nature at its best. Wildlife, wildflowers, and spectacular vistas of unique geological wonders make this a natural paradise. The Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival takes place in a stunning setting -- a hanging valley at 2600' surrounded by 6000' to 8000' high peaks on the Sequoia National Forest and less than one hour from the new Sequoia National Monument. Situated below these Sierran peaks are the National Wild & Scenic North Fork and South Fork of the Kern River and Audubon California's 2894-acre Kern River Preserve -- part of the Globally Important Bird Area located along the South Fork of the Kern River. The Kern River Valley abounds with additional recreational opportunities. The Kern River Fish Hatchery and the Kern Valley Historical Museum are open on every weekend. The Annual Nature Festival will be back in 2009 for its 15th year, to celebrate the rich biodiversity and scenic beauty of the Kern River Valley.

- S. Ellis, May 2008

Related: Bird watching - Ridgecrest Field Office

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 331

Last updated: 05-14-2008