Condors & Caves: Pinnacles Park Celebrates This Weekend

15 01 2009

Pinnacles National Monument will launch its 101th year with a series of lectures beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, January 16, at the Campground Amphitheater and continuing through the weekend.

Friday’s program, “Pinnacles 101,” will cover things visitors can see, hikes they can take, and ways to make the most of a weekend at the monument..

At 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday park rangers will present “Geology 101” at the Bear Gulch Nature Center; “Condors 101” from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., with spotting scopes set up in the Pinnacles campground, and “Habitat Restoration 101 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pinnacles Visitor Center both days.

Full Schedule:

Pinnacles 101
Friday night, 7:00 pm
Campground Amphitheater
Join a park ranger for this informal discussion that will cover the basics of Pinnacles, including things you can see, hikes you can take, and ways to make the most of your time here.

Condors 101
Saturday and Sunday
9:00 to 11:00 am and 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Spotting Scopes located in the campground
Stop by anytime during these informal talks to learn what the next 100 years may have in store for California condors and the condor program here at Pinnacles.

Habitat Restoration 101
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am to 12:00
Pinnacles Visitor Center, Campground
Briefly learn about invasive plants and how park staff manages these botanical threats. Stick around to try your hand at pulling Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), a common campground weed.

Geology 101
Saturday and Sunday, 3:00 pm
Bear Gulch Nature Center
Come learn about the fiery past and slow-moving present of the rocks at Pinnacles, and what changes to expect in the next century.

For information about the geology that gave Pinnacles National Park its name and more, read here.

The Balconies Cave

The Balconies Cave, a narrow canyon with a roof of talus

Female acmon blue butterfly on coyote brush flowers

Female acmon blue butterfly on coyote brush flowers

Via The Monterey County Herald and the National Park Service

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