The Coast Miwok people call Sonoma Mountain “Oona-pa’is.” In the early 1900s, author Jack London purchased land on the northeastern side of the mountain. The property became part of his home with wife Charmian, which they called Beauty Ranch. In 1961, the land became part of Jack London State Historic Park.
Today, visitors to Oona-pa’is continue to be impressed by its variety of wildlife. On Saturday, March 25, award-winning author, scientist, and guide Rebecca Lawton will lead a two-hour literary bird walk from Jack London State Historic Park along the trails of Sonoma Mountain.
Departing from the Ranch parking lot at 8 a.m., the group will take a leisurely stroll to the site of Jack London’s lake (and beyond as time allows), looking for wild birds and musing on seasonal and long-term changes in water and wildlife.
Lawton will also talk about writing on the mountain before, during, and after Jack London’s time. She will share samples of ancient and contemporary language about the mountain and wildlife (birds, specifically), in part exploring how London himself described them.
This slow-paced walk is recommended for ages 12 and above. The distance will be one to three miles round trip, depending on the bird life found.
Participants are advised to wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, and bring water, snacks, and optional hiking poles. Binoculars are highly recommended. The hike will be cancelled in the event of rain.
Tickets are available at https://jacklondonpark.com/events/literary-bird-walk/. The price is $10 per person, in addition to the entry fee of $10 per vehicle (up to nine passengers).