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Protecting the wildflowers in Kern County

Places to find fields of wildflowers
Posted: 6:33 PM, Mar 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 00:25:54-04
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Wednesday is the first day of spring, and the wildflowers are blooming around the state, prompting thousands of visitors to flock to see them. Officials here in Kern County are laying down a few rules to help preserve the flowers for everyone to enjoy.

"We try to tell people to leave the place better than they found it, and do not create damage by going off the trail and picking the flowers. It's hard especially with children because they want to frolic and it's their instinct to run through the flowers," said Wind Wolves Preserve Outdoor Education Director, Melissa Dabulamanzi.

Here in Kern County, there are a few places to see beautiful wildflowers including the Wind Wolves Preserve which offers a self-guided tour on their wildflower loop. They are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on special events check out their website.

Tejon Ranch Conservancy is also open for guided wildflower tours. They start this weekend, but spaces fill up quickly. To register for a tour visit their website .

There is another secret spot near Arvin that is about four miles west of the 58 full of colorful wildflowers.

"I like this area because it's a variety of color and I was out on 58 and seven, and it was mostly yellow flowers out there," said Mara Riesmeyer a Bakersfield resident who visited the wildflower blooms on Tuesday.

Wildflower spot in Arvin

Full blooms of wildflowers are expected towards the end of April. Officials say while we are beginning to see some blooms, they are unsure if the county will see a super bloom, meaning a blanket of flowers, because the flowers are competing for resources with the native grass.