From tarantulas, moths, and rattlesnakes to ground squirrels, coyotes, and hawks, oak woodlands are positively humming with life! Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) as we dive into the rich ecology of our local oak woodlands with Kate Marianchild, author of the widely popular book Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks.

Combining science with wonder and personal experience, Kate will explain the unique and extraordinary importance of oaks themselves, and will lead us in an intimate journey through the diverse array of native plants and animals that make their homes in the oak-covered hills and plains of the Bay Area.

About the Author

Upon her move to inland Mendocino in 2001, Kate Marianchild fell passionately in love with the oak woodland ecosystem. She found herself wondering about the ecosystem’s species and what they needed for survival. Following her curiosity, Kate approached Heyday with a book idea and began 5 years of intense research and writing which evolved into her book, Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks. Kate currently leads walks, teaches classes, and speaks up at county supervisors’ hearings in defense of the oak woodlands ecosystem and in support of climate change activism. 

This event is part of POST’s community event series, which is open to the general public as well as POST donors. We hope you’ll join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donors. Learn how you can support POST here:

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