I’m up on the Montini Preserve and Sonoma Overlook Trail almost every day and I see new dog leavings frequently. So I think this video I shot last year deserves another watch. Remember that it is a City ordinance that carries a $100 fine for the first infraction. The fine ratchets up with subsequent infractions. So not only is it sensible to obey the law, it can save you money too. If you happen to be a scofflaw who ignores all of this and allows your dog to do its business on the trail, then at least pick it up — or at the very least take a stick and fling it off the trail. I and plenty of other dog owners do not take our dogs on the trails. You should do the same.
Today was the first day I noticed lizards on the trail this year, although it must be admitted that I hadn’t been on the trail for a couple days. But suddenly they are everywhere, along my entire hike from the 4th Street trailhead on the Montini Preserve all the way up to the top of the Overlook. Lizards provide a characteristic short, sharp rustling sound as they scurry and stop, scurry and stop, in the dry leaves. If the rustle is not of this variety, it may be a snake instead.
Lizards, like snakes, are reptiles and as such are cold-blooded. This means they rely upon their environment for body heat, which also requires them to hibernate for a period during the winter when ambient temperatures are cold. When they emerge from hibernation depends on the weather, and our recent heat wave in mid-February clearly has released them from hibernation.
So keep an eye peeled for this little creatures, who are often quite colorful, and also for their cousins, snakes. If the lizards are out, then rattlesnakes can’t be far behind.
Well, not quite, but don’t miss your chance to be part of the first organized hike on the pristine 1,600-acre Sonoma Raceway property on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds from the three-mile hike benefit the Sonoma Overlook Trail.
Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway, will delight us over lunch with some history as to how the raceway property was acquired and what the raceway is doing to protect this environmentally sensitive land.
Email us now to reserve your spot for this signature event! Your $50 contribution includes your participation in the hike, followed by a lovely picnic by Levy Restaurants with sweeping views of the Sonoma Valley. Friedeman Wines has donated their highly acclaimed Lancel Creek Wines to be served with lunch. Come meet the winemaker! Hikers can also participate in a raffle to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming Sonoma Raceway event.
Reservations are required. To reserve your spot or for more information, email LaurieSOT@gmail.com.