Bike tour of lake’s wetland edge set Sunday

Written by Triplicate Staff July 27, 2012 04:26 pm

Redwood Parks Association and the Tolowa Dunes Stewards invite nature enthusiasts and families to bring their own bicycles for a discovery ride with naturalist Sandra Jerabek on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

A guided bicycle tour will follow a 4 ½-mile loop gravel road behind a locked gate.

Riders should meet at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road, Crescent City.

 

They will enjoy the peace and solitude of riding where there is no traffic, meandering through shaded forests, gliding alongside grassy meadows and dunes, and even visiting a secluded beaver pond, organizers say.

The excursion includes short hikes to the lagoon’s wetland edge to discover hidden places, plants, birds, and animals. Participants will learn about the rich cultural history and diverse ecology of the West Coast’s largest coastal lagoon, Lake Earl, outside of Alaska.

Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome. Wear a hat and appropriate clothing; bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Jerabek is a local naturalist and project manager for the Tolowa Dunes Stewards. She has been studying Lake Earl and its wetlands for more than a decade.

Jerabek coordinates restoration projects in Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area. She was the original founder of the Aleutian Goose Festival, and continues to promote nature and heritage tourism projects for Del Norte County.

Tolowa Coast summer programs are sponsored by the Redwood Parks Association and Tolowa Dunes Stewards, in collaboration with California State Parks and California Department of Fish and Game.

For more information, call Sue Calla at 707-465-6191.