Ackerson Meadow and Crane Flat: Birding and Bats

Ackerson Meadow and Crane Flat: Birding and Bats

Explore Yosemite’s diverse habitats and the species that live there.
April 27, 2019 to April 28, 2019

On this guided weekend adventure, you’ll experience springtime beauty in two diverse Yosemite habitats: Ackerson Meadow and Crane Flat. During daylight hours, join a naturalist guide to look for bright wildflowers, lush grasses and signs of songbirds. As you listen for chirps and trills, you’ll learn about Yosemite’s long-running songbird research program, which collects data to help protect avian species throughout and beyond the park.

In the evening, you’ll explore the habits and habitats of another kind of airborne creature: bats. Learn how Yosemite’s flying mammals use echolocation to navigate after dark, and about the critical role they play in park ecosystems. You’ll end the weekend with a better understanding of Yosemite’s meadows and the species they support.

Included with your registration:

  • Two full days in Ackerson Meadow and Crane Flat area (Saturday, April 27, through Sunday, April 28).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservation arrives Friday, April 26, and departs April 29) at Hodgdon Campground near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Gate. We cannot adjust these dates.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Rush Creek Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the start of the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 4–5 miles per day.
Elevation: 6,000 feet.
Registration Price:$169
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Kaleb Goff

Kaleb Goff

Kaleb Goff grew up in California’s San Diego County, where the suburban canyons, ocean shore and low-lying mountains to the east shaped his love for wild spaces. He developed a passion for science and conservation as a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, and has spent several years working as a National Park Service ranger-naturalist in Yosemite. As a naturalist and guide, Kaleb seeks to help people connect to the outdoors through art and science, whether through bird and botany walks or watercolor and poetry workshops. His love of art and nature is also etched into his personal hobbies, which include banjo-playing, rock-climbing, gardening, surfing and traveling.