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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013

By: Jessica McLoughlin (Expired article)

Solvang, CA -

The Wildling Museum is excited to offer its next session of “Fluent Nature with Fred and Larry” field classes on Saturday, January 19, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Join esteemed local naturalists Dr. Fred Emerson and botanist Larry Ballard on a chartered boat to experience Cachuma Lake's diverse inhabitants from the water.

Bald eagles, peregrine falcons, Canadian geese, wood ducks, wintering loons, western and Clark's grebes, white pelicans, osprey, and tree swallows have all been seen recently. Plus, enjoy spectacular panoramas of the Santa Ynez and San Raphael Mountains. Fred and Larry will be joined by Naturalist Liz Gaspar with the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, who knows the lake better than anyone. Don't miss this special excursion!

Fred and Larry have extensive knowledge to share in a warm and friendly way that is easily understood by budding naturalists. Classes will continue the third Saturday of each month through May 2013. For more information please go to the Wildling’s website: or call 805-686-8315 to sign up. The Cachuma Lake field class is $30 for non-members and $25 for members of the museum. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as class size is limited for this very popular class, so book early to reserve a spot! An additional $10 park use fee per vehicle will be required.

The Wildling Museum offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists, education and field experiences, guests can renew their relationship with the wilderness and understand its fragile nature - hopefully leaving more committed toward ensuring those spaces remain for future generations. For more information, please visit

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