Communing with Cattle: interpreting animal behavior and sending positive cues.
January 25 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Venture into the world of animal behavioral science! We will be learning how to read and interpret cattle body language and recognizing how our actions can affect cattle behavior. As Citizen Scientists, Docents, and SLT staff and volunteers, we can lead the way towards minimizing stress for livestock and recreationists alike. Let’s learn to safely share the trails!
Livestock and recreationists share the trails on over 130,000 acres of open space in the North Bay and San Francisco Bay Areas. All of Solano Land Trust’s properties are managed with grazing. Grazing animals serve a valuable purpose on the rangeland, but are often misunderstood. Cattle can be especially imposing to hikers due to their large size.
January 25th, Meet by 9:30 am at the Rush Ranch Nature Center; you will be done by 1:00 pm. This activity will be led by Jasmine Westbrook, SLT Project Manager. We will begin with a presentation and some discussion, and then we will take to the pastures to try to interpret the behaviors of cattle in the field. Please bring water and comfortable shoes for the outdoor portion. I recommend dressing in layers, as the Nature Center can get a bit chilly! The walk to the pasture will be easy to moderate difficulty level, depending on where the cattle are. If it is pouring rain, we may cancel the hike, but the rest of the event will take place. I plan to bring a lunch and I hope that some of you will join me!
RSVP is not necessary for the January 25th event, but it will help us get a head count. RSVP for this event by using this link : RSVP Recommended or email directly to Jasmine Westbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.