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Forests that have experienced fire are vibrant, dazzling, and full of life. While searching for the rare Black-backed Woodpeckers, which rely on these burned forests, biologists encounter a plethora of other wildlife such as deer, black bears, bobcats, sapsuckers, bluebirds, wrens, and raptors, including nesting Northern Goshawks and Spotted Owls and their chicks. The Black-backed Woodpeckers have recently been petitioned for special status species listing (threatened or endangered). Come enjoy this film’s short journey of wonder and discovery.

Searching for Gold Spot – The Wild After Wildfire” is a film bringing to light the importance of fire to montane (mountain) forests and wildlife of the American West. The film chronicles the current research and conservation efforts of a team of biologists focusing on rare Black-backed Woodpeckers native to the Sierra Nevada-Cascades Region. While searching for these incredibly camouflaged cavity nesters, the team also finds a plethora of other wildlife in a vibrant and rapidly regenerating but threatened ecosystem – the post-fire, or “snag”, forest.  Blending a visually exquisite celebration of wilderness with awareness of the challenges involved with saving it, “Searching for Gold Spot” will raise important questions about conservation of the wild as we know it.  Check out the trailer at https://youtu.be/ohWIrCb2liE. 30 min


Seminars are free and open to the public. There is a day-use fee to enter the Park. Pack a lunch, bring the family and plan on spending the day among the Giant Sequoias. For more information call Calaveras Big Trees Association at (209)795-1196.

Location:  Ralston Classroom – Education Building near Visitor Center.

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