Mythic Adventure: Cosumnes River Preserve & Birds in Folklore

Seeing the migratory Sandhill cranes in their winter home is one of the most beautiful sights in nature, and the Cosumnes River Preserve is one of the best places to see them! 

Just 30 minutes south of Sacramento, the wetlands, tidal sloughs, and riparian forests provide one of the Central Valley's crucial links in California's flyway for thousands of the millions of these magnificent birds returning from the Pacific Northwest and as far away as Siberia.

They're back!  Join us for our 3rd annual visit to the Cosumnes River Preserve.  Let's gather on the porch of the Nature Center and head out on the trail by 3:30 pm.  The 1-1/2 mile boardwalk and wetland trail loops back to the Nature Center.  We'll stop along the trail at the lookout point to share stories about birds in folklore - choose from samples or bring one of your own.  Sunset is at 4:47 pm and our walk is timed to view the cranes returning from the fields to the preserve at dusk.  

Bring your own snack or drink if you wish because food is not for sale at the preserve, but there are benches and picnic tables.  Don't forget your camera and binoculars.  

“When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the “newness,” the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.”  —Thomas Merton, "New Seeds of Contemplation," (New Directions, New York, 1961)

A great resource is Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts edited and/or translated by D. L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburgh ©[masked]

Photo Above: Detail of a painting by Susan Seddon Boulet [masked]) 
Pomegranate Publishers, Inc.



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  • Anna J.

    Sorry I'm going to have to miss today. I pinched a nerve in my back and am not feeling too great today.

    November 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ouch! Take Care of Yourself.

      November 25, 2013

    • Jeanne A.

      Sorry to hear you're not well, hope you're feeling better soon.

      November 25, 2013

  • T. Caroline K.

    Reflection pond:)

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Ann S.

    Great event!! Thanks much!

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the great event! It was very special to see the cranes. Hope to see you at another event.

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Hanna S.

    Hello - Looking forward to this! I'm leaving from Downtown/Midtown Sacramento in about 20 minutes if anyone would like a ride.

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to say we can't make it because of lack of funds for gas for our car. Have a great time. Maybe next year we can make it. Sounded wonderfully creative and to be in nature, a blessing. Blessed Be.

    November 23, 2013

    • Jeanne A.

      Sorry to hear you can't make it. We look forward to meeting you sometime soon.

      1 · November 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. I look forward to coming to your events in the near future.

      November 24, 2013

  • Jeanne A.

    Mythologist, psychologist and past presenter at Mythology Cafe, Dr. Jonathan Young, describes how familiar stories can provide psychological insights. This video focuses on how classic tales, such as The Ugly Duckling, reflect the task of claiming the treasures of the unconscious. Follow this timeless adventure to learn more about finding one's calling, dealing with challenges, and finding a sense of belonging. Discussion will show how metaphors can reveal elements of the inner life.
    http://www.meetup.com/JCF-MRT-SAC/messages/boards/thread/39861872

    November 23, 2013

  • Nicole

    I told a few of my friends about this and will have a car full from the bay area.

    1 · November 18, 2013

    • Jeanne A.

      Glad to hear you and your friends can join us, Nicole!

      November 18, 2013

  • gee~nah

    I'm very sorry I will not be able to attend & participate =( I hope you all enjoy! =)

    November 16, 2013

  • gee~nah

    Please put my guests and I as tenative. My mom and I really enjoyed last year! Thank you for sharing and having this meet up again =)

    November 13, 2013

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