Diverse Reptiles of Arroyo Hondo Preserve with Dr. Sam Sweet
Join the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and talented teacher Dr. Sam Sweet for a second outing in search of the many reptiles of our canyon at the 782-acre Arroyo Hondo Preserve along the Gaviota Coast. Arroyo Hondo is home to an impressive diversity of species including ringnecked snakes, two different kingsnakes, and a variety of other snakes and lizards. We will also search for the western pond turtle in the riparian area.
Dr. Sam Sweet is a fascinating field trip leader and professor of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB, specializing in the amphibians and reptiles of our region.
Each spring, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County hosts a series of special educational walks guided by local experts. All walks will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Arroyo Hondo Barn and will end at or before noon. Participants are welcome to bring their cameras as well as a picnic lunch to eat at the picnic area by the creek after the walk.
Please wear strong shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, water, and sunscreen.
Donation per walk: Free to current members, Nonmember adult: $25 payable in advance by credit card. Children under 15: $10. To pay by check, please contact the office. (805) 966-4520Funds earned through this series will help with upkeep of the Preserve.
Advance registration is required.
About the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Since 1985, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has worked with community groups, willing landowners and others to preserve, restore, and manage open space, wildlife habitat, and family farms and ranches throughout the County. To date, the Land Trust has helped to preserve more than 25,000 acres of natural resource and working land across the county, including the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Sedgwick Reserve, Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Coronado Butterfly Preserve, Point Sal, Carpinteria Salt Marsh, and several ranches on the Gaviota Coast. www.sblandtrust.org