‘HITCHED TO EVERYTHING’

Kate Marianchild gives talk, slide show on life in the oak woodlands. Last day of John Muir show

by Roberta Werdinger

On Sunday, March 16, at 2 pm, author and naturalist Kate Marianchild will give an illustrated lecture titled "Plants and Animals Among the Oaks" at the Grace Hudson Museum. The event is free with Museum admission. The talk will focus on the fascinating survival strategies of the manzanita and California buckeye plants, including their effective but very different adaptations to drought. Other topics include "bumblebees that sing and pollinate in middle C, birds that build sock-shaped nests of spider webs and lichens, butterflies tended by ants and squirrels engaged in coevolutionary arms races," as well as explore Native Californians' relationship to manzanita. Woodrats, mycorrhizal fungi and honeybees may also make an appearance, as will Grandmaw Buckeye, possibly the largest and oldest tree of its kind in existence.  March 16 is also the last day to catch the Grace Hudson Museum's current exhibit, "Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy," an exhibition of digitally enhanced high-resolution images of Muir's wide-ranging plant specimens, along with pages and drawings from Muir's nature journals. Marianchild's wide-eyed and deeply informed presentation is sure to echo and extend the exhibition's finely detailed representations of the plants and landscapes Muir worked so hard to preserve.  The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah and is a part of the City of Ukiah's Community Services Department. General admission to the Museum is $4, $10 per family, $3 for students and seniors, and free to members or on the first Friday of the month. For more information please go to www.gracehudsonmuseum.org or call 467-2836.

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