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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks

June 15, 9:30 a.m. Pacific Wildlife Care 

Pacific Wildlife Care volunteer and Central Coast Outdoors owner/guide Virginia Flaherty will lead a walk focusing on Pacific Wildlife Cares rehabilitation program in relationship to the Elfin Forest and its surrounding environs. Pacific Wildlife Care takes in over 2500 animals of over 170 different species each year. PWC has rescued, rehabilitated, and released thousands of animals since its inception in 1986, including virtually all of the native species found in the Elfin Forest, on the sand spit and in the estuary. Virginia will talk about what we as individuals can do to help ensure the return of these injured, orphaned and oiled wildlife to the hills and waters of the Central Coast. She will also be bringing one of PWCs Wildlife Ambassadors to the start of the walk.

July 20, 9:30 a.m. Insect Walk

Although we generally see just a few kinds of insects and spiders while walking through the Elfin Forest, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of different species of arthropods living in the Forest. Entomologist Dr. Norman Smith will search every nook and cranny along the boardwalk for the Good, Bad, and Ugly of these creatures, as well as late summer butterflies. The importance and ecology of our local insects will be discussed during the walk. If youd like to see the insects close up, bring a hand lens or close-focusing binoculars.

When and Where?

Walks in the Elfin Forest begin at times stated above at the north end (1100 block) of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel in Los Osos. Wear comfortable shoes, long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Park carefully, avoiding driveways and mailboxes, and leave pets at home. The easy paced walks last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. For more information call (805) 528-0392.