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Field Trip: Llano Seco Viewing Platform with Karen Amstutz - Sold Out!

$32 Adult; $15 Youth

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

Walking, could involve distance but largely flat Walking, could involve distance but largely flat

Wheelchair accessible


The Llano Seco Unit of the Sacramento River NWR offers sensational views from an elevated viewing platform. This is an ideal spot for viewing a large number of geese and ducks in one location! Other often-seen species include Sandhill Cranes, raptors, herons, and egrets. This is definitely a birding hot spot and a good trip for the beginning birder. This trip is also offered on Sunday led by Shelly Kirn.

Field Trip Leaders

Shelly Kirn

Shelly Kirn teaches conservation biology, ecology, evolution, and several other classes at CSU, Chico and is faculty co-advisor to the biology honor society (Omicron Theta Epsilon). Shelly has been birding for almost 25 years and enjoys traveling throughout the US (and occasionally beyond) to see birds and other wildlife.

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Karen Amstutz

Karen Amstutz is a native Californian who has spent a lifetime of summers steeped in Lodgepole Pines and their community. She has spent the past 25 years living on the edge of Yosemite National Park with her husband and daughters. Karen carries out a seasonal upslope migration to Tuolumne Meadows where she works as a national park ranger supervising the Tuolumne Meadows Interpretation operation. Karen's vibrant programs are renowned, and she is proud of the way her staff interprets the subalpine mysteries for visitors from around the world. Working as a naturalist for 30 years, Karen has lived her life with connection and attention to the natural world in professional and personal capacities. Leading bird walks and carrying out the Tuolumne Meadows bird survey since 2012 has allowed for much time and engagement with a surprising variety of avian species. She has contributed much to the understanding of birds in Yosemite's high country since her arrival in the park in the early 1990s. Karen has been a presenter at nearly all of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauquas, leading popular workshops in a variety of areas in and around the Mono Basin. She has been a leader for Yosemite's Christmas Bird Count for 20 years. Karen has been fortunate to have spent many months birding in South Asia and founded a youth birdwatching organization in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010 for children in Kailash Hostel. It is Karen's great joy to see people connect with the natural world through the lenses of binoculars! With close attention to birds, Karen's definition of 'Home' settles on our precious, perfect, planet, Earth.

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