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Point Reyes Institute Class: Butterflies for Beginners  

Class date / time: 

Sunday, April 24, 2022      10:30 AM – 2:30 PM PDT

Instructor: 

Wendy Dreskin

Fee: 

$50

Non-Member Fee: 

$60

Location:

Muddy Hollow Trail,  Limantour Road, Point Reyes National Seashore

Explore the butterflies of Muddy Hollow from swallowtails to checkerspots and blues! Observe their behaviors and identify host plants.

 

From swallowtails to blues, we will search for a variety of species and observe behaviors like puddling, nectaring, and maybe even egg laying. We’ll learn to recognize various native host plants like alders, ocean spray, milkmaids, sticky monkeyflower, yarrow, and purple needle grass as well as introduced plants that native butterflies have adapted to like English plantain. We will also look at native and non-native nectar plants including coastal hedge nettle, California blackberry, wild radish and thistles.

 

Butterflies we have seen during previous April classes in Muddy Hollow include Western Pine Elfins, California Ringlets, Red Admirals, Two Banded Skippers, Mylitta Crescents, Mourning Cloaks, and Painted Ladies.

 

Class includes an opportunity to view a number of butterfly and caterpillar field guides and learn the pros and cons of different resources.

 

This class is great preparation for the North American Butterfly Association annual butterfly count in June, the butterfly community’s equivalent of the Christmas Bird Count.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterflies-for-beginners-tickets-255461611557

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a Bird, It's a Plane - Butterflies for Families!

Date and time

Saturday, May 28, 2022   11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT

Instructor: 

Wendy Dreskin

Fee: 

$35

Location

Muddy Hollow Trailhead

169 Limantour Rd,  Inverness, CA 94937

How can you tell a moth from a butterfly? Meet butterflies and learn the answers to all your butterfly questions as we explore Muddy Hollow.

About this event


In this introduction to butterflies you’ll meet 8 -12 species from different families (Swallowtails, Brushfoots, Gossamer Wings, Pierids, and Skippers) and have a chance to observe behaviors like nectaring, puddling, and possibly mating or egg laying.

 

You’ll learn host plants and nectar plants for various species, and which have adapted to non-native host plants. Find out the best places in Marin to go to see less common butterflies, like our California state butterfly, the California Dogface.

This class is excellent preparation for the Marin Butterfly Count in June which is the butterfly community’s equivalent to the Christmas Bird Count. At the end of the day you’ll be ready to continue the fascinating study of butterflies on your own.

This is a program designed for children/youth to attend with an adult chaperone. It's an opportunity for families to learn together as we introduce your family to the butterfly families!

Note: This is NOT a collecting class. Collecting, or even netting butterflies, is not permitted at Point Reyes National Seashore without a research permit. All butterflies we visit with are returned to their habitat unharmed.

Wendy Dreskin has been teaching the popular class Meandering in Marin at College of Marin since 1998 and Point Reyes Field Seminars since 2005. In recognition of her work inspiring both children and adults, she was awarded the Terwilliger Environmental Award and inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/its-a-bird-its-a-plane-butterflies-for-families-tickets-315771810987

 

 

 

 

If you enjoyed viewing William Dreskin's photography on this website, you can see more at www.dreskinfineart.com

 

 

PREVIOUS CLASSES AND LISTINGS:

Wildflowers and Elephant Seals at Chimney Rock

Class date / time: 

Saturday, April 9, 2022  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

Instructor: 

Wendy Dreskin

Fee: 

$50

Non-Member Fee: 

$60

Location

Chimney Rock Trail Head, Point Reyes National Seashore

Spring wildflowers carpet the outer bluffs of Point Reyes while elephant seals reclaim the beaches. Enjoy both during a Chimney Rock hike!

 

Join us to explore and learn about the colorful spring kaleidoscope that blooms in great profusion along the bluffs of Point Reyes. This will be a day to treat the senses! We will spend the day examining and identifying the many species of flowers found here, and learning about their native American uses, the butterflies that use them as host plants, and the botanists who introduced them to Western science.

 

From the Elephant Seal Overlook, you’ll also have a chance to observe the elephant seals and learn about their comeback from the brink of extinction, the amazing adaptations that allow them to dive to depths of over a mile, the separate male and female migration routes, and how they meet “same time next year” at Point Reyes to breed.

 

While the focus is on flora and elephant seals, be prepared to stop for any surprises along the way. In past years we’ve seen migrating grey whales, coast garter snakes, river otters, coastal green hairstreaks, and peregrine falcons.

 

Meet at the Chimney Rock parking lot. Please carpool if possible, as parking is very limited. Be sure to be on time (or early!) as the lot fills up. Hike is approximately 3 miles.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildflowers-and-elephant-seals-at-chimney-rock-tickets-238833305847

 

ZOOM PRESENTATION: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at

4 PM

A Year of Nature in Marin

If you aren't totally "zoomed out", I'll be doing a presentation on A Year of Nature in Marin for the Corte Madera branch of the Marin County Library on Wednesday, March 24 at 4 PM.  Free but you have to register. 

https://marinlibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index/event/6036a784fc63c72f009f75ae

Not as good as hiking, but a whirlwind tour through 12 months on the trail that's guaranteed COVID-19 safe and won't bother your knees!  Wonderful photos by William Dreskin, Jonah Benningfield, and many former and current students!  

Point Reyes Institute Class: Butterflies for Beginners  

Class date / time: 

Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Instructor: 

Wendy Dreskin

Fee: 

$50

Non-Member Fee: 

$60

 

Explore the butterflies of Muddy Hollow from swallowtails to checkerspots and blues! Observe their behaviors and identify host plants.

 

From swallowtails to blues, we will search for a variety of species and observe behaviors like puddling, nectaring, and maybe even egg laying. We’ll also take time to learn to recognize various native host plants like alders, ocean spray, milkmaids, sticky monkeyflower, yarrow, and purple needle grass as well as introduced plants that native butterflies have adapted to like English plantain. We will also look at native and non-native nectar plants including coastal hedge nettle, dewberry (native blackberry), wild radish and thistles.

 

Butterflies we have seen in previous classes in Muddy Hollow in April include Western Pine Elfins, California Ringlets, Red Admirals, Two Banded Skippers, Mylitta Crescents, Mourning Cloaks, and Painted Ladies.

 

Class includes an opportunity to view a number of butterfly and caterpillar field guides and learn the pros and cons of different ones.

 

This class is great preparation for the North American Butterfly Association annual butterfly count in June, the butterfly community’s equivalent of the Christmas Bird Count.

 

https://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/classes/butterflies-beginners-4

 

 

Coast Miwok Ethnobotany Along Sky Trail

Workshop on Sunday April 28  2019

Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival  

http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/

 

Registration opens Feb 12 2019

 

Coast Miwok Ethnobotany Along Sky Trail

with Wendy Dreskin

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Difficulty/Length: Easy-Moderate, 2-3 miles

Experience Levels/Ages: All levels, Ages 10+

Ticket Price: $25 | 16 participants

 

Join award-winning naturalist Wendy Dreskin to learn about Point Reyes’ first

inhabitants, the Coast Miwoks. There were over 100 Coast Miwok village sites

at Point Reyes, 39 between Inverness Park and the Tomales Bluffs. Wendy will

help us explore and discover the how this bountiful land provided for the

Miwoks for thousands of years and how life on the peninsula was intricately

woven into the changing seasons. On this hike, Wendy will focus on the plants

the Miwoks and other Native American tribes utilized for food, medicine,

basketry, dye, cordage, musical instruments and more. She will also point out

birds, butterflies and other interesting plants and animals as we hike through

the forest.

 

Event Location: Sky Trail and surrounding forest trails, Point Reyes National

Seashore, CA

Where to Meet (Rain or Shine): Sky Trailhead, Point Reyes National Seashore,

CA. First trailhead and parking lot off Limantour Road.


 

MAGIC OF MINUS TIDE

 

Class date / time:

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:00 am to 11:30 am

Instructor: Wendy Dreskin

Fee: $65

Non-Member Fee: $75

For a brief time during minus tides, the hidden mysteries of the reef are revealed. During one of the best minus tides of the year, we will see giant green anemones, purple sea urchins, various species of crabs, and possibly mussel worms, bushy headed peanut worms, brittle stars, and nudibranchs, the colorful sea slugs known as the butterflies of the sea. Herons, egrets, black oyster catchers, and other birds will be on hand for the low tide buffet spread.

 

-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

 

http://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/classes/magic-minus-tide-2

 

 

 

Point Reyes Field Institute: 

Save the dates!  Registration now open!

 

June 2, 2018  BUTTERFLIES FOR BEGINNERS

Here is the link for registration and more information: 

 

www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/classes/butterflies-beginners-3

 

 

Point Reyes Field Institute: 

Save the dates!  Registration now open!

Magic of Minus Tide **NEW DATE**

Location:

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email

with directions to the meeting location!

 

Class date / time:

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 5:45 AM to 9:00 AM

Instructor:

Wendy Dreskin

Fee:

$35

Non-Member Fee:

$50

For a brief time during minus tides, the hidden mysteries of the reef are revealed.

Join us for an exploration of the intertidal zone as we discover giant green anemones, ochre stars,

purple sea urchins, and various species of crabs. Hopefully, we will also come across tiny,

beautiful nudibranchs.

 

 

-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

 

-This will be a vigorous activity.

 

-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

Here is the link for registration and more information: 

http://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/classes/magic-minus-tide-new-date

Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival    

 

http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/purchase-tickets/

 

Coast Miwok Ethnobotany Along Sky Trail with Wendy Dreskin

Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Difficulty/Length: Easy-Moderate, 2-3 miles

Experience Levels/Ages: All levels, Ages 10+ Ticket Price: $25 | 16 participants

 

Join award-winning naturalist Wendy Dreskin to learn about Point Reyes’ first inhabitants, the Coast Miwoks. There were over 100 Coast Miwok village sites at Point Reyes, 39 between Inverness Park and the Tomales Bluffs. Wendy will help us explore and discover the how this bountiful land provided for the Miwoks for thousands of years and how life on the peninsula was intricately woven into the changing seasons. On this hike, Wendy will focus on the plants the Miwoks and other Native American tribes utilized for food, medicine, basketry, dye, cordage, musical instruments, and more. She will also point out birds, butterflies, and other interesting plants and animals as we hike through the forest. Guide Bio: Wendy Dreskin is a naturalist who loves and teaches about everything from birds and butterflies to wildflowers, mushrooms, lichens and galls. She has been teaching the popular Community Education class Meandering in Marin at College of Marin since 1998. She teaches nature education classes for children at various schools in Marin County. She leads an annual safari to Tanzania which in 2017 was a trip for The Branson School and in 2018 will be an adult trip. As a volunteer, she has coordinated the Marin Butterfly Count since 2005. She was Education Chair of the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for ten years. In recognition of her work inspiring both children and adults, she was awarded the Terwilliger Environmental Award, and in 2018 was inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame.

Event Location: Sky Trail and surrounding forest trails, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA Where to Meet (Rain or Shine): Sky Trailhead, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA. First trailhead and parking lot off Limantour Road.

What to Bring: Please wear layers and good walking shoes. Bring water, snacks and/or lunch, and binoculars. Optional items include: Backpack, guide books, camera, sunscreen and sunhat.

Workshops for Adults and Teens

 

Point Reyes Field Institute

Butterflies for Beginners

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -

10:00am to 2:00pm

Fee:  $40

Non-Member Fee:  $50

How can you tell a moth from a butterfly?  How do various species of butterflies spend the winter? What butterfly is our state insect?  What’s an instar?  What host plants do butterflies use and how can I attract butterflies to my garden? Learn the answers to these and all your other butterfly questions on an exploration of Muddy Hollow.  This is NOT a collecting class.  All butterflies we visit with are returned to their habitat unharmed. By the end of the day you will be on a first name basis with about ten species of butterflies and know what equipment to get to continue study on your own.  (Note: Catching butterflies is prohibited in Marin County Open Space, CA State Parks, or National Seashore/National Recreation Area. This class is with special permission.)

 

-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

 

Location: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!

http://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/classes/butterflies-beginners-2

 

Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival

Saturday, April 29  8:30-11:30    

Ethnobotany Class:

Coast Miwok Enthobotany Along Sky Trail

 

Go to

www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/event-details

 

Purchase Tickets: Please note, you will need to scroll through the list of classes to Sunday and check the class you would like to join. This registers the first person, and then it will prompt you for additional attendees, and if you want them to have the same choices, so you won't have to scroll through the list again.

Also please note, some classes are wait list only. If you would like to added to the wait list, register as normal and it will not charge you, unless a spot opens up. Attendees on the wait list are added in the order they are received. You will be notified and charged if a space opens up. Please do not attend a class you are wait listed for, as we work very hard to keep our groups small and manageable.

If you have trouble with registering, or would like assistance, please contact us at (415) 663.9312, Tuesday - Friday between 10 am - 5 pm.

 

Ethnobotany Class:

Coast Miwok Enthobotany Along Sky Trail

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 8:30 am – 11:30 am (Morning)

Guide: Wendy Dreskin

Difficulty/Length: Easy-Moderate, 2-3 miles

Experience Levels/Ages: All levels, Ages 10+

Ticket Price: $35 | Limited to 15 participants

 

Join award-winning naturalist Wendy Dreskin to learn about Point Reyes’ first inhabitants,

the Coast Miwoks. There were over 100 Coast Miwok village sites at Point Reyes, 39

between Inverness Park and the Tomales Bluffs. Wendy will help us explore and discover

how this bountiful land provided for the Miwoks for thousands of years and how life on

the peninsula was intricately woven into the changing seasons. On this hike, Wendy will

focus on the plants the Miwoks and other Native American tribes utilized for food,

medicine, basketry, dye, cordage, musical instruments, and more. She will also point

out birds, butterflies, and other interesting plants and animals as we hike along Sky Trail

in Point Reyes National Seashore.