May MLT Monthly
In our newsletter this month, Mendocino Land Trust shares a story about a Beat poet and her beloved guardian trees in Albion, gives a big thank you to our Trail Keepers business sponsors, invites you to a wildflower wander at Navarro Point and more. Keep reading for all the info!
Guarding the Guardian Trees
Albion Property with Beat History Donated to MLT
​This is a story about ruth weiss and her Guardian Trees in Albion. ruth gained fame as a Beat poet and preferred her name to be written in lower case. We honor that preference here. In addition to publishing volumes of poetry, haiku, and long narrative poems including The Brink and Desert Journal, ruth was well known for her friendships with other famous Beats...

ruth came to Albion in the 1980s, purchasing a home in the forest off Albion Ridge Road. The buildings there are in keeping with ruth’s style - artistic and rustic - but what she really loved about the property was the trees. There are a few old-growth redwoods on the property, but ruth felt akin to all the trees, especially those near her house. Her good friend Anna Marie Stenberg recounts a story ruth often told about the first night she spent in the house. ruth had a dream or a vision...

Keep reading on MLT's website.
Join us for a wildflower wander at Navarro Point on May 23! How many different types of flowers will we find in bloom? Come and find out! This walk will be led by “Ranger Amy,” current MLT employee and former naturalist. She’s itching to hit the trail and share her love of plants with YOU! You’ll learn to be on the lookout for “nature mysteries” in addition to wildflowers. Bring a sense of adventure, drinking water, lunch or some trail snacks and dress for the weather. The full adventure will probably last about two hours but you may come and go as you please. Bring a mask and be prepared to wear it when appropriate. Well-supervised children and leashed dogs are welcome -- but be sure to stay away from steep bluffs! If you plan to attend, please drop an email to amy@mendocinolandtrust.org so we know how many people to expect.
Thank You, Trail Keepers!
Local Businesses show Support for MLT Trails and Preserves
You probably know that the Mendocino Land Trust maintains several trails and preserves for public enjoyment and recreation. But did you know that several local businesses have gone the extra mile in helping to support our trails and preserves? You’ll find their names proudly displayed at the parking area for these preserves.
Pelican Bluffs Trail Keepers
Navarro Point Trail Keepers
Belinda Point Trail Keepers
Old Smith Ranch Trail Keepers
Click the logos to learn more about these businesses. Please support these local companies that support the Mendocino Land Trust.
If your business or organization would like to become a Trail Keeper, please email amy@mendocinolandtrust.org or call the MLT office at (707) 962-0470
Share the Beach!
Docent training begins May 19
We thought some of our MLT supporters might be interested in becoming “Share the Beach” docents with CA State Parks. Find out more at a virtual training on Wednesday, May 19 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. If you'd like to attend you will need to email Alison.Cebula@parks.ca.gov for the Zoom link. A second, in-person training will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, May 23 at MacKerricher State Park.
Mendonoma Sightings Conservation Conversation
is now streaming on YouTube!
What was the fate of the one-eyed eagle? Which surprising creature nested in Jeanne's bird box? What is a fata morgana? Find the answer to all these questions and a ton of great photos and the stories behind them by watching our Conservation Conversation with Jeanne Jackson of Mendonoma Sightings. This was a live Zoom event on April 29. If you missed it - or want to see some of those fantastic photos again - you can find the recording on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2492W3BJIQ

More about Jeanne and the event on MLT's website
Nature Appreciation - More Flowers!
In case you don’t already follow us on Facebook or Instagram, here are some of the wildflowers we featured in April. How many of them do you recognize?

Even if you already know their names we hope you will click on through,
there is always more to learn!
Which food item is this flower named after?
Enjoy a slideshow of this blue beauty
Wildflower guide!
HiRes version downloadable on MLT's website.
Peep this lil forest beauty!
As long as the flowers keep blooming we'll keep celebrating "Wildflower Wednesdays."
Email your wildflower photos to amy@mendocinolandtrust.org
and we may feature your shots on social media and in next month's newsletter.

P.S. If you haven’t already taken our Community Feedback survey we hope you will take a few moments to do so using this Google Form, Your input will help us in drafting a new strategic plan to preserve what we all love about Mendocino County. Your input will help make the plan as effective as possible to help us achieve conservation and public access.