This is the schedule of events for the Conservation in the Vineyards program as they stand on Tuesday February 26, 2019.
May 2: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Arrivals
There will be a reception and hosted cocktail party at the Vineyard Inn. The hospitality room is on the ground floor. Just ask. It won’t be hard to find.
Friday May 3: Various tours as follows.
Breakfast will be ready at 7 AM for the early starters.
8:00 AM – 12 PM. Trophy Room Tour The first van will depart between eight and 8:30 and it will take nearly an hour to arrive at Rich Pierce’s trophy room in Clayton. Box lunch will be provided. Return by noon. (Limited to 20 people)
This 38 1/2 in wide buck is one of the larger bucks in Rich’s collection, maybe not the largest.
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Friday Ohlone Conservation Bank. Rob Fletcher will load his truck up with four guests and take them on a tour of the Ohlone Preserve Conservation Bank. This is a great time of year to view butterflies and wildflowers. (Limited to four guests)
11:00 AM Friday: Holm Ranch. Load up and travel to the Holm Ranch where former Livermore Chapter Chair Bob Holm will show you some of the best blacktail habitat in the East Bay Area. He’ll also provide a group of 8 people with a barbecue lunch. (Limited to 8 guests)
11:00 AM until 4:00 PM Friday. Wine tasting at Livermore Valley wineries. Passes and transportation will be provided.
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Friday Tour a ranch and wind farm with owner Janice Marciel. Come learn about Wildlife Barriers in the Altamont Hills – wind turbines, freeways and aqueducts. The Altamont Hills are home to many threatened and endangered species.
Friday Evening 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM McGrail Vineyards
Social gathering at McGrail Vineyards. Hosted McGrail wine, heavy appetizers and a sausage table with some of your favorite venison – deer and elk.
This is a great opportunity to spend time one-on-one with MDF leaders, biologists, and land managers while trying out Livermore wines. Enjoy the fabulous view of the surrounding East Bay hills.
Saturday May 4. Open Space Tour 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM and load up the 4X4 pickups at 8 AM. This will be a caravan into Southeast Alameda County. The tour will be guided by many local experts and MDF supporters.
Here are some of the things you’ll be looking for:
The tour will cover three different management regimes. Although these open space lands may look the same, the underlying management goals are significantly different.
1. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission manages watershed lands throughout the Bay Area. Read about it. SF PUC San Antonio Reservoir
Tour Leader Clayton Koopmann BIO Clayton third person short version with photo
2. East Bay Regional Park District East Bay Parks Stewardship
Bio Doug Bell Bell_BioV2_2019 one pg
3. Fletcher Conservation Lands FCL web site
About Rob Fletcher Rob Fletcher Manager, FCLands
Joe DiDonato biologist Joe DiDonato bio
Saturday Evening 6:00 PM to 10 PM at Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Sit down and enjoy the views. Choose from four meal options. Hosted bar.
Hear what MDF leaders have to say about the state of MDF, the Endowment Fund, major MDF projects and the future. We will ask for your financial support.