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Field Trip: Raptor Run - Sold Out!

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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The Northern Sacramento River Valley hosts a large assortment of raptors that during our relatively mild, wet winters is augmented by an almost equally large contingent of wintering species, some of which exploit our fantastic cohort of wintering waterfowl and others the vast expanses of grasslands and fallow ag lands. January is one of the best months for raptor viewing in Butte County; accordingly, we will caravan southward along Hwy 99 to the environs south of Chico to seek as many of these birds of prey as we can. Target species include Bald and Golden Eagles, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, Merlin, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and Burrowing Owl. Dress for potentially cold, wet weather; bring a scope if you have one; and binoculars are a MUST! Carpooling is mandatory to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum. This trip is also offered on Wednesday and Sunday with different leaders.

Field Trip Leaders

Gary Nielsen

Gary Nielsen has birded for more than 40 years in Butte county and beyond. A particular love are birds of open horizons, be they raptors or seabirds. Since retiring from teaching in 2007, he has spent more than a year in the seabird colonies of the NW Hawaiian Islands, including 11 months on Midway, among the 2 million Albatross.

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Gary Moeller

Gary Moeller lived in Lafayette until he entered the Navy. There he met Harry Adamson of artist fame. Audubon clubs would go to Harry's backyard to view birds. A good friend of Gary's did amateur taxidermy and sparked his interest in birds. Naturally, birding in his youth was hit and miss due it not being "cool."

Gary became a machinist and did quality control at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. He birded on and off with his mother, who went often and also painted. As time went on, he became more interested in birds and has been to Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, and Costa Rica.

Gary considers himself an advanced beginner birder. He enjoys knowing the names of the various species and is always searching for ones to add to his life list.

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