Escapes: Calling all citizen scientists


Explore biodiversity

Be a scientist for a day and help experts discover, count, map and learn about organisms during BioBlitz 2014.

Thousands of community members and students, as well as more than 300 leading scientists and naturalists, will gather for the 24-hour species count starting Friday afternoon. Wildflowers, seals, microbes and redwoods are all fair game across Muir Woods, Fort Point, the Giacomini wetlands, Muir Beach, the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, the Presidio, Mori Point and Rancho Corral del Tierra.

Citizen scientists wishing to join an inventory team must register in advance for their preferred park, time and subject matter. All inventory expeditions at Muir Woods are free, but normal park entrance fees apply elsewhere.

The two-day corresponding Biodiversity Festival, however, is free. It takes place at Crissy Field’s East Beach in the San Francisco Presidio, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Expect a giant BioBlitz data center, where guests can track what’s being discovered out in the field, as well as demonstrations, exhibits, animals and hands-on activities. Visit for more information about the festival and registration.


Bach festival

What: Three days, three renditions of Bach’s music. Thursday night’s “Baroque, Not Broke” event brings together university students and local musicians for a free recital. Friday’s “Bach for All Time” features Rodney Gehrke, professor of organ at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, playing Bach, his contemporaries and his predecessors on the Centennial Organ. And Saturday’s “The Beautiful Baroque” stars countertenor Reginald Mobley singing Bach and other masters.

When: 4 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Rowland-Taylor Recital and Harlen Adams Theatre Stage, California State University, Chico, 400 West First St., Chico

Cost: Free Thursday, $6-$15 Friday and Saturday



Boardwalk sleepover

What: Sleep inside the Cocoanut Grove and wake up to the sound of crashing waves for the second annual Boardwalk Family Fun Overnight. The package includes 2.5 hours of free play in the arcade, dinner and continental breakfast, a sandcastle contest, beach games, an evening movie and an all-day rides wristband.

When: Friday to Saturday

Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz

Cost: $69.95



Power hike

What: Get ready for June’s seventh annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run with this 5K, docent-led jog. Bring water, snacks and trail-running shoes. There is no water on the premises.

When: 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday

Where: Lynch Canyon, 3100 Lynch Road, Vallejo

Cost: Free, parking is $5

Information:; RSVP to


Travel talk

What: World traveler Linda Hite will speak about her journeys through India’s Ladakh region and Tibet at the next No Reservations Travel Club meeting.

When: 7 p.m. April 1

Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 457-1426;

– Bee staff