Description

 
Wildlife Wander with "Duck" Dave Barry 
Riddell Preserve, Healdsburg   
Saturday, March 30
10am to 1pm

Join LandPaths and extraordinary naturalist and longtime friend of LandPaths "Duck" Dave Barry to explore Riddell Preserve in a new way! We'll go on an easy hike around beautiful Riddell Preserve to explore the wildlife in the area - birds, insects, and more! Hopefully, even a few salamanders! All ages are welcome on this outing! 
Details:  
  • We will ask you to sign a waiver of liability
  • There is no potable water on the property
  • We ask that you leave your pets at home for this event.
  • There is no smoking or vaping on the preserve. 
  • Big thank you to LandPaths longtime volunteer Dave Barry for leading this hike and sharing his vast knowledge on the natural world. 
Difficulty:
We will begin our hike up to the cabin for about a mile up a steep but well-graded trail. We will then do a about another mile loop hike with an elevation gain of 200ft. Be prepared for hike for at least 1 to 1 1/2 hours total. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have questions about the difficulty level of the hike! 
About the area:
The Riddell Preserve is a 400-acre nature preserve located 5 miles northwest of Healdsburg, California. It is within the Dry Creek watershed and the Crane and Kelley Creek sub-watersheds.  It is an ecologically diverse landscape, with steep ridges alternating with riparian drainages, rock outcrops, meadows, redwood groves, chaparral, and hardwood forests.  Riddell has magnificent native grasslands, pure madrone stands, redwood fairy rings, and perennial springs. Hike miles of oak-dotted hills, moss-coated rocks, and swaths of ferns. The preserve is almost entirely undeveloped, with only a barn, a cabin, a shed, solar panels, piping, and 3 water tanks to deliver water to the cabin.  The preserve was donated to LandPaths in 2007 by the Riddell family for conservation purposes.
What to bring: 
  • Bottle of water and snacks for the day 
  • Comfortable clothing for adapating weather (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (that can get dirty)
Where we will meet you: 
Meet LandPaths' staff  in the parking lot of the Healdsburg Corporation Yard at 550 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Once everyone arrives we will caravan to the preserve. Please arrive on time. 
From Highway 101 North, take the Central Healdsburg Exit. and make a slight left on Healdsburg Avenue.  Turn left onto Mill Street.  Continue under the highway overpass as Mill Street turns into Westside Road. The Corporation Yard parking lot will be on the left immediately before the bridge crossing at the intersection of Westside Rd and Lucius Way. There is a "Corporation Yard" sign at the entrance to the parking lot.           
   
From Highway 101 South, take the Westside Exit and turn right on Westside Rd.  The Corporation Yard parking lot will be on the left immediately before the bridge crossing at the intersection of Westside Rd and Lucius Way.    
 
Staff: 
Our staff is certified in the minimum of CPR and First Aid, and they have training and years of experience working in outdoor spaces. All staff has had their backgrounds checked through fingerprinting.
Additional details:
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Don't have the funds? reach out to us about sliding-scale scholarships.
Accessibility:
If you have accessibility questions, please call or email us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Same-day cancellations:
Please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 7 am the morning of the day if you wish to confirm. If you don't hear a cancellation notice in the highlighted voicemail, the day hasn't been canceled.
 
How to sign up: 
Do you need help registering?
  • call Roxy at 707-544-7284 ext 103 or
  • email her at roxy@landpaths.org
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