Saving Oaks in Big Sur

April 7th, 2015

See this article on the UC Natural Reserve System website about our effort to save coast live oaks, study an invasive pathogen, and teach university students about field methods for conservation biology. Written by Kathleen Wong.

Saving Oaks in Big Sur

Big Creek Open House, May 9 2015. RSVP required this year.

April 7th, 2015

Open House, May 9, 2015

UC Santa Cruz and the UC Natural Reserve System
invite you to the
Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve

Saturday, May 9, 2015 9am-4pm

Entry is by RSVP only

Please watch this space for details on how to sign up

Open House is the only day of the year that the Reserve is open to the general public. You are welcome to visit, learn what we are all about, meet the staff and explore the Reserve. We’ll have folks at the main entrance who can share their experience and knowledge with you about lots of topics. Bring hiking shoes and a sack lunch. Driving tours are not available. Parking is limited to the pullout just south of the reserve gates. Park on the highway pullout and walk down to the gatehouse from there. Watch for signs out on the highway. Please carpool if possible. Click here for driving directions.

We look for volunteers to help get the trails ready or even on the day of the open house itself. Read about our Volunteer Stewardship Program for more info.

For more information, call or email
the reserve director, Mark Readdie.
(831) 667-2543

It’s A Wild Life featuring Feynner. Shows at Rio Theatre April 17 and Henry Miller Library April 18 & 19.

April 7th, 2015

Dear Big Creek friends, neighbors and supporters,

I’m excited to announce three screenings of Kennan and Karen Ward’s feature film about Big Sur, It’s A Wild Life.

Note showings April 17, 18 and 19. See instructions on postcards below.

Please forward to those you know would want to see the film. Hoping to add showings in the near future, depending on demand.

Hope to see you there!


It’s A Wild Life,
film Press kit information 2015

This film is ORGANIC by NATURE and true to life as any film has ever wanted to become. It took 6.5 years to be AN HONEST FILM, it was not easy! Kennan Ward / director.

Along the Northern Coast of California the Pacific ocean creates a rich environment that silhouettes a World Heritage sea and landscape. The marine fog that forms along the coast allows a unique habitat for flora and fauna to flourish. The wild coast of Big Sur is a topography from the Redwoods to the Sea.

Home to some of the tallest trees in the world, this landscape transitions to a marine sanctuary where whales, otters and seals flourish. Just onshore, bobcats demonstrate a never before filmed behavior of flying through the air to catch unsuspecting gulls. Mountain lions, black bears, Endangered Spotted Owls and rare California Condors nesting inside a Redwood Tree, all make their homes in the redwood forest. 

This film will uniquely connect the audience to the land and seascape of Big Sur. We follow the main characters that are deeply influenced by this place. The human characters name is Feynner, a long term resident and caretaker of the land. The wildlife characters include bobcats, hummingbirds and the magnificent condors.

In the end, we learn that Big Sur is a land that we tried to tame, to control, to make our own, but we did not succeed because in some places on Earth, the physical and spiritual characteristics of the place are too much for humans to conquer. And so we gain respect of the laws of the natural world, driven by the unique and dramatic ecosystem that we call Big Sur, one of Earth’s greatest gifts.

April 17th, Rio Theater


Henry Miller Library April 18 & 19




It’s a Wild Life

January 12th, 2015

Kennan and Karen Ward’s film featuring Feynner and Big Sur’s wildlife and landscapes will make it’s world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the end of this month.
It’s a Wild Life, USA
Directed by Kennan Ward
Featuring: Feynner Arias
This picturesque snapshot of the Northern California coast captures the beauty of Big Sur through its magnificent wildlife and the stories of a long-term caretaker of the land.

I can’t wait to see Feynner walk the red carpet in his felt hat and poison oak pants!

The film’s website is here:

Working on scheduling April events at the Rio Theatre and Monterey IMAX. Stay tuned.


Rainfall totals improving slightly

April 1st, 2014

We’re finally getting some rain. Here is an updated chart of rainfall totals for Highlands Peak weather station at 2,400′ elevation.