For their latest nature program on Sunday the Tolowa Dunes Stewards and Redwood Parks Association invite folks to take a more in-depth look at dune wildlife and habitat.
Biologist and botanist Wendell Wood will lead participants on a 4-mile hike through the dunes, showing them a hidden lake, uncovering unusual dune plant communities and meandering through a willow thicket forest where elk hide.
The one-way hike will take five to six hours with leisurely stops for lunch and a look at wildlife, birds and plants. A variety of shore birds may be seen on the shores of Lake Tolowa during the late summer migration, and a list of the plant species with both common and scientific names will be provided.
Wood has surveyed, documented and photographed more than 500 plant species and 400 mushroom species in Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.
The hike will be on uneven surfaces and will require walking on sand, tall grasses and sedge meadows. Participants are advised to wear a hat, long pants and closed-toe hiking shoes. They should also bring a lunch, drinking water and binoculars if they have them.
Hikers should meet at 9 a.m. outside the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road in Crescent City.