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Yellow Star Thistle Star Party and Potluck
Friday, August 25th, 2023
5pm - 9pm
This event will be led in English
(Volunteers may leave early, but must arrive on time)
You are warmly invited to lend a hand at Bohemia Ecological Preserve for the health of the forest, soil, and grasslands!
Argh, Yellow star-thistle! (shakes fist). Did you know that one plant from this wily invasive species can disperse more than 35,000 seeds per year? And that Yellow star-thistle tends to dramatically outcompete the precious and threatened native grasslands that are crucial to planetary health? For all these reasons, removing star-thistle at this preserve is a major priority! Join us for a special evening event, where we take advantage of the longer day - we'll pull yst in the early evening and then hang out to watch the stars! 
Here’s a sampling of possible tasks that you will do to care for the land: 
  • Hiking moderate slopes.  
  • Pulling yellow star-thistle plants by hand (wearing gloves that we’ll provide) and placing them in bag. 
  • Carrying bags of yellow star-thistle to disposal site.  
  • Gathering for a community stewardship potluck (so please bring your favorite dish to share!) 
  • Watching sunset and the starry night sky. 
About Bohemia Ecological Preserve: 
This 1,000 acre protected, open space, people-powered preserve in West Sonoma County teems with old-growth forest, oak woodlands, native grasslands, and a legendary waterfall. Several endangered and at-risk species live here, including northern spotted owls, red tree voles, and Pennell's bird's beak. 

How to get there: The entrance to Bohemia Ecological Preserve is off Bohemian Highway, approximately 3 miles north of Occidental. From the intersection of Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, drive north on Bohemian Highway for approximately 3 miles. Look for the LandPaths' sign marking the entrance. The address is 6773 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, CA 95465

What is LandPaths' Covid-19 volunteer workday policy? Please read the most recent version of LandPaths' Covid-19 policy before attending the workday.  

Does rain mean the workday is canceled? The stewardship workday will move forward if there is a light drizzle, but a torrential rainstorm will cancel.  Please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 7am the morning of the stewardship day if the weather feels questionable. If you don't hear a notice of cancellation on the outgoing voice message, the stewardship day is moving forward.   

What should you bring?  

  • Your favorite potluck dish to share!
  • Your own plate and utensils
  • A water bottle filled with water 
  • A backpack for your gear
  • Sturdy boots or shoes that can get muddy
  • Long pants are recommended 
  • Work gloves 
  • Hat and sunscreen 

What else do you need to know? 

  • No experience necessary! Everyone is welcome! We will create tasks according to your abilities 
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
  • There are restrooms and potable water
  • No pets or smoking 
  • The event will end when it is dark out, so please keep in mind that the road back into town is windy. 

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