December 2015
Solano Land Trust-Rush Ranch night
Feeling stressed or blue this holiday season? Try going on a hike! If you're like me, you know from experience that a walk outdoors can improve your mood. Now there's proof according to a study done by Stanford researchers.

I wish you all the best this holiday season, and hope you take the time to enjoy the beauty of our outdoor winter in Solano County.
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Nicole Byrd
Executive Director
nicole@solanolandtrust.org

Is conservation right for you?
Why people conserve their land

People sometimes ask us why landowners conserve their land.

We have heard a lot of reasons that range from peace of mind to tax benefits. Here are the eight reasons we hear about the most ...

"Top quality produce is our pride, and growing it is our joy. Local food security is our civic duty." 
- Matthew McCue & Lily Schneider, Shooting Star CSA 
Cooking with Nicole
Nicole Byrd and friends
Mix humor and stir

What is your favorite part of the holidays? Is it making Christmas candy with girlfriends and making old family recipes?

Nicole loves to dust off the recipe book compiled by her Grandma Dorothy and friends. Dorothy (or Toad, as her friends called her due to a shock of blonde hair) grew up on a farm in Texas, and had a way with words and a wicked sense of humor.
 
Here is "A Working Mom's Chicken Dinner," a recipe that works just as well during the holidays, and one you won't soon forget.

Got last minute shopping?
Menagerie Hill Ranch
Locally grown is a great gift

Got last minute holiday shopping to do? Why not go local and support your farmers and ranchers? When you do, you support the open space and agriculture that you love. You can also get cool stuff.
 
Need ideas? Here's a list of products such as Shirachi mango vinegar or...

Rock the New Year
Start off with a gorgeous hike
Rockville Trails view Saturday, January 1 
9 am - 1 pm 
 
Kick off the New Year on the right (then left) foot and join us for a hike at Rockville Trails. Climb steep hills, breathe fresh air, and enjoy the winter views of Suisun and Green Valleys. On a clear day you can see the Sierras!

Call Cathy at (707) 745-1913 if you have any questions.

Birds and babes
Fun for kids and young adults  
Saturday, January 2 
8:30 am - 11:30 am 

Join Solano Land Trust and the Napa-Solano Audubon Society for a Christmas Bird Count geared for kids (CBC4Kids) at Rush Ranch.

Introduce the love of birding to the young people in your life. Includes tips on using binoculars (loaners included), bird identification, and a chance to report findings to eBird.
 
Kids ages 7 to 15 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Call Wendy with questions at (925) 963-4871.

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Photographs (top to bottom) courtesy of Tom Muehleisen, the Lynch Family, Nicole Byrd, Menagerie Hill Ranch,
Aleta George, and Napa-Solano Audubon Society

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