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Bouverie event - Biomimicry

Bouverie Audubon Preserve

Saturday October 8th 2011 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen will host a fall science salon titled “Biomimicry: What Nature Can Teach Us.” The event will feature Karen Allen, certified biomimicry professional, biologist and educator; Scott Summit, co-founder of Bespoke Innovations and a 20-year veteran designer of consumer products for companies like Nike and Palm; and Tom McKeag, founder of BioDreamMachine, which provides bio-inspired design and science instruction to public and private K-12 students. The event will include lectures by each of the speakers and will be followed by a reception from 4 to 5 p.m.

Biomimicry is a design discipline that studies nature, and identifies its best models, systems and processes and replicates them in order to solve human problems and enhance innovations. The study of birds to enable human flight is an early example of biomimicry.

Tickets are $35, or $30 for ACR Members at Sponsor level or above.

Then, on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., the “Twilight Trails” Backyard Naturalist Program offers a rare opportunity to explore Bouverie Preserve at dusk with Bouverie Preserve biologist Jeanne Wirka.

The first part of the 1-2 mile guided hike will be spent in silence, to disconnect from the buzz of daily life, and provide opportunities to hear Great Horned and Screech Owls. Eyes will be kept open for flying moths, bats, and fluorescent scorpions. In the second part of the hike, Jeanne will discuss the nocturnal cycles and habits of animals at the Bouverie. Hikers should bring water, appropriate layers, hiking shoes or boots, and a snack.

The 535-acre Bouverie Preserve is home to a rich and distinct combination of plants and animals, including more than 130 species of birds, 350 species of flowering plants, and numerous large mammals such as the bobcat, grey fox, and coyote.

Bouverie Preserve is located at 13935 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen (across from the Sonoma Valley Regional Park.)

Cost is $25 for non-members. Discounts are available for members.

To register for either event, call 415-868-9244 or email

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