Tadpoles and Snakes and Horned Lizards, Oh My!

Well, I could go on and on about this weekend's volunteer adventure with Habitat Works. I could talk about the gorgeous weather, the stunning setting, and the wonderful volunteers. I could try to explain the feeling that comes with accomplishing the task of ridding a section of the Los Padres National Forest of the invasive knapweed and thistle. I could tell you how humbling it is to be around people who know so much about the area, from plant names to leave-no-trace practices to the history. I could attempt to list all the highlights, from the grandest (driving the S-10 by myself through 40 miles of dirt road and four water crossings) to the most subtle (Tom and I getting down on our hands and knees to try to identify animal tracks). Instead, I'll give you the bare details: 21 volunteers, two days, Sierra Madre Ridge (sacred cultural site to the Chumash Indians), campfire and crescent moon, springtime, and a deep appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of something physically and emotionally transforming. I've always been an ardent supporter of Habitat Works. They do what they say and they say what they do. If you're looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this Thursday, I can think of nothing better than signing up to participate in a Habitat Works project or making a financial contribution toward their efforts. The reward can be seen in the slideshow below: the preservation of something incredibly special. [slideshow]