Early Monsoon Nature Walk
FOMC naturalist Doug Moore will lead an nature walk around the Proctor Nature Loop. Recent rains in the canyon will stimulate "monsoon germination & hatching" of canyon plant and insect specialties. Increased moisture and moderate temperatures should make canyon critters more active and observable. We will be particularly looking for butterflies, beetles, birds and reptiles.
Saturday, July 27th, 8:00 to 11:00 AM
Proctor Parking Area, Madera Canyon
Meet at Proctor Parking Area. We plan an approximately one mile easy to moderate hike on the accessible Proctor Nature Loop. Bring: water, comfortable walking shoes, as un hat, sunscreen, binocs, trail snack and insect repellent. Optional: walking stick, camera.
The event is free. Usual USFS parking/use fees apply. Please join us.
Bud Gode Picnic and Bug Night
Saturday, August 3rd, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
White House Ramada, Madera Canyon
Some of Madera Canyon's most fascinating creatures only come out at night! Come enjoy a sunset picnic in the canyon, then stay for an evening of blacklighting for for nocturnal insects and other critters attracted to UV "black" lights.
We'll eat supper under the White House Ramada, followed by a short "walk-about" the upper Whitehouse parking area and nature loop for nocturnal critters out early and finish up with watching what comes into the blacklight. We'll see some beautiful moths and beetles that only come out with the summer rains and possibly also bats, owls and other nocturnal canyon residents. This is a fun activity for adults and kids over six years old.
Bring: a picnic supper, beverages/water, comfortable walking shoes, a flashlight for each person (with good batteries!) and a jacket/sweater. Optional: insect repellent, camera and rain gear
Note: Weather in the canyon can change rapidly. Lightening or flash flood conditions can develop quickly. Personal safety is of the utmost importance. This picnic may be cancelled at any time before or during the activity due to potential weather. Cancellation notice will be posted on the Friends of Madera Canyon website as soon as possible, but for last minute safety cancellation, a notification to participants may be impossible. We suggest checking the local forecast and observing weather conditions before and during the drive up to the canyon.
Friends of Madera Canyon