Audubon Canyon Ranch, a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, will host its Backyard Naturalist Program on wildflowers from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
Bouverie Preserve biologist Jeanne Wirka will lead this class that explores the world of angiosperms (flowering plants) at the preserve. Throughout the 535-acre preserve, there are approximately 200 species of wildflowers.
Participants may find sky and bicolored lupine, popcorn flower, ground iris, red larkspur, baby blue eyes, mission bells, purple owl’s clover and shooting stars, among others. Wirka will discuss basic flower identification techniques using a variety of field guides.
Participants will also learn the key characteristics of different plant families that will help in recognizing species after leaving the Preserve.
Participants should bring a lunch, dress in layers and wear hiking shoes or boots.