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Winter abundance – turkey tails to miner’s lettuce


with Jenny Odell, the New York Times- bestselling author of the book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. She is an artist based in Oakland whose work celebrates new angles on everyday life and brings appreciation to the world around you. Odell will be joined by Allison Titus, the Laguna Foundation’s Community Education Manager, to discuss the practice of birdwatching, the power of attention, and the lessons we can learn from listening to and observing the natural world. Pre-registration is required.

Info/Registration: the-power-of-attention-online-qa-with-jenny-odellregistration- 129924897867

On Jan. 28th from 7-8:30 p.m., Sonoma Land Trust and herbalist Autumn Summers will team up to teach you about the possible health benefits of the plants and fungi that are growing right outside your door this winter!

The webinar will cover how to identify, gather, and prepare these many plants into healthy smoothies and soups that will not only taste amazing, but will nourish your body and mind and have you feeling closer to the nature around you. Autumn Summers is currently the lead educator at the California School of Herbal Studies and has worked in the herbal medicine field for over two decades. She teaches students about botanical identification, taking them out into the woods to teach them the same things she will be teaching you!

Info/Registration: register/5216083427797/WN_BxLD0a6oQo2a7bkAlGOm0g

Continuing their “Birding to Beat the Winter Blues” series, the Laguna Foundation is hosting a webinar on how to introduce yourself to the world of birdwatching with Miles and Teresa Tuffli from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 29th. Miles and Teresa are birdwatchers based out of Guerneville who lead guided bird walks and give educational presentations to many local organizations around Sonoma and Napa Counties. In this webinar, they will teach you about the best times and locations to locate birds and how to identify them, including what to listen for and what important characteristics to keep an eye out for. This event is free, with preregistration required.

Info/Registration: with-miles-and-teresa-tuffli-registration-132872460105

Wine Business Entrepreneurship Certificate Opportunity

Sonoma State University is providing virtual classes in Wine Business Entrepreneurship for the Spring 2021 semester, in which anyone can enroll. The Certificate in Wine Entrepreneurship is a nine-week lecture-workshop course designed to explore the concept of small wine businesses and give those wanting to start a business in wine the time and focus to create a successful business plan. Over nine weeks, students will be taught key aspects of the wine business, including the regulatory climate for making and selling wine, how to create a virtual brand, and different profit models. The course will be taught from Feb. 22 until April 26, with applications due Feb. 1.

Info/Application: https://sbe.sonoma. edu/wine-entrepreneurship

Guided virtual hike with Sonoma Land Trust: Pole Mountain

Join the Sonoma Land Trust for an interactive, guided, virtual nature experience of Pole Mountain on Jan. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. We’ll “hike” up the north side of Pole Mountain, reach the 2,204-foot summit for amazing 360-degree views, and then traverse the southern slopes ending on the coastal bluffs of the Jenner Headlands.

From the top of the highest peak along the Sonoma Coast are unobstructed views of Sonoma County and beyond. Pole Mountain, situated between Jenner and Cazadero, stands above a blanket of ridges and presents crystal-clear views in all directions—the Pacific Ocean to the west, exquisite views of the cedars and wine country to the east, Mendocino County’s snow-capped mountains to the north (in winter), and, on especially clear days, Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo to the south.

There is no charge for this event, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Sonoma Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Sonoma Land Trust’s 238-acre iconic Pole Mountain Preserve, protected in partnership with Ag + Open Space and other funding partners, is uniquely situated between two other open space preserves: the Land Trust’s Little Black Mountain Preserve and the Jenner Headlands Preserve, acquired by Sonoma Land Trust, Ag + Open Space, and other conservation partners in 2009 and donated to The Wildlands Conservancy in 2013. These three preserves create a vast landscape from sea level and beyond the Pole Mountain summit, connecting more than 6,300 acres of wildland that has been protected as a recreational corridor for the hardiest of hikers and a refuge for plants and wildlife to adapt to a changing climate.

Group sizes are limited to mimic the experience of being out on the land together.

Info/registration: [email protected]; registration-133430429005