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Photos: Winter Ridge Runners Camp

New Year, Changing Wildlife!
By: Martha Cerda, Naturalist
 
Dear Alviso Adobe friends,
 
Happy New Year! The Alviso Adobe staff welcomed the new year leading our Winter Ridge Runners camp on a three-day adventure across Pleasanton trails and parks. Twenty-nine eager campers ages 7 to 11 started the year exploring the beauty of nature. Although we did not encounter any rain, temperatures were at a constant chilly 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, these chill temperatures did not stop us from having a blast. This week in camp, we learned how changes in nature are constantly happening around us. The beginning of the year is a transformative time for many of us. New year resolutions, anyone? For animals and plants the new year brings seasonal challenges. In order to survive these changes, it is necessary to adapt. Whether it is by toughening it out, migrating, or hibernating, wildlife has amazing ways to survive any hurdles.
 
We started camp at a classic Ridge Runners location, Augustin Bernal. During this time of year, we see California Newts crawling out of crevices, logs, and rocks as they start their challenging journey to a pond, lake, or stream to breed. These salamanders migrate to the top of the ridge until they reach ‘Turtle Pond’ where they can be found intertwined. Here, female newts lay their eggs on rocks and plants underwater. Campers learned the many transformations a newt’s body undergoes as it adapt to its breeding life in water.
 
The following day, we visited Shadow Cliffs and talked about other forms of adaptations seen in animals. Immediately after we started our hike, we saw nine Turkey Vultures roosting on a tree. This led to a great conversation about birds, their behavior, and migration. In the afternoon, campers explored the many trails located throughout Shadow Cliffs by going through a series of ‘challenges’ similar to the ones animals face during winter.
 
On Friday, campers hiked part of the Courdet trail beginning at the Castleridge trailhead. We explored the plants that are fragrant during this time of year and talked about their many uses across cultures. The afternoon called for a visit to our beehives at the Adobe. Although our bees did not make it through this fall they left plenty of honey for us to harvest. We look forward to having a new colony this upcoming spring. Campers learned how honeybees adapt to icy conditions and even got a taste of honey.
 
We concluded camp with a good old campfire and s’more gathering. Many thanks to all of our campers and staff who started the year with us in the best way possible, trailblazing and connecting with nature. We are looking forward for our Spring Ridge Runners Camp in April and summer camps this year!

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Alviso Adobe Community Park
3465 Old Foothill Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Facility Hours:
Wednesday-Sunday
10:00am-4:00pm



 
Contact our Staff:
alvisoadobe@cityofpleasantonca.gov

Martha Cerda
Naturalist


Nick Carozza
Assistant Naturalist


Heather Smalley
Camp Coordinator

Amanda Schmidt
Volunteer Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

 






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