As always, a lot is happening at Shipley. Not only are the signs of Spring everywhere, the songs of the birds, arrival of baby birds, flowers in bloom and the voices of so many happy children as school children continue to walk the trails……a truly happy place. We also continue to see evidence of our coyote family with new pups. It is still a good idea for our docents to alert visitors that we do have coyotes and to keep small children close by. I have run into several on the trail, but they just take a look and wander off into the deep growth. As you know Shipley is a “paradise” for birders and they continue to come to Shipley. However we are sad that the egrets did not return this year. We were prepared to film them and make them real stars on T.V., but they obviously did not want stardom!
The next few months will be a busy time at Shipley. On April 16th our docents will represent Shipley at the Earth Day Celebration at Bolsa Chica, corner of PCH and Warner Ave. from 10:00 a.m. Until 3:00 p.m. There will be displays and many organizations will be represented.
On May 7th Shipley will be having our own Open House with many displays and also music and hot dogs! It will be a fun day and if you would like to participate, please let me know. Starting on April 23rd at 10:00 a.m. The Master Gardeners will present a talk entitled Busy Gardener and you will learn how to keep your garden looking beautiful every month of the year. This will be followed by a presentation every month on a variety of subjects……Gardening with California Natives, June 25th, Butterflies for Your Garden, July 23rd, What’s in Your Soil, August 27th and September 24th, Grow it Now-Fall Vegetables.
In July and August we will once again be able to enjoy Shipley in the evening. Yes Cool Summer Nights will return as so many in the community have told us how much these evenings mean to them. These programs start on July 21st with the Orange County Birds of Prey, July 28th Orange County Trackers, August 4th Create a Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard, August 11, Orange County Astronomers (after dark) and on August 18 a concert with the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage group. What a summer!
We have had the good fortune to have the Master Gardeners presenting programs at Shipley, but also to conduct a project for children where they will learn gardening basics so that they can grow and appreciated gardens. This is a hands-on class where students will prep the soil, plant, maintain and harvest. The target group is 4 to 10 year old children and a parent. For additional information, call Barbara in the Interpretive Center or stop by for a flyer.
I would like to welcome two new docents to Shipley. They are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Jeremy Tyler Sanchez and Stephanie Kowacz are our newest docents.
We are also working with the National Charity League on a Mother and Daughter project. One of their goals for 2016 is the environment and they have asked us if they could be volunteers at Shipley. I will be training them and their first project will to become knowledgeable in one aspect of Shipley and on Saturdays be prepared to let the public learn more about our history, Native Americans, birds by being stationed in the Interpretive Center. I will keep you posted.
Renovations will begin in June with the first exhibit, Birds, being constructed by K2 and designed by Acorn. Everyone will be invited to participate in the ribbon cutting and I will keep you posted on the date.
Thanks for all you do for Shipley and I hope to see you at the Open House and please put aside a Saturday to be our docent!
Volunteer, Education Committee
The Friends of Shipley Nature Center