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Field Trip: Birds & Trees of Butte Creek Ecological Preserve - Sold Out!

$22 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss


We will explore the native trees, shrubs, and birds of Butte Creek. Butte Creek Canyon is stunning with its Tuscan Volcanic Formations. This is a 3-4 mile intermediate hike along the creek (and over some logs) down to the pond. Possible sightings include Red-breasted Sapsucker, Wood Ducks, goldeneye, Great Horned Owl, and assorted warblers. Goose and duck fly-overs are also possibilities. Otters and beavers may also be seen. You will be hiking in an area affected by the Camp Fire. We will explore issues that relate to how trees and plants respond to fire damage. Still lots of natural beauty and encouraging signs of recovery to explore. Wear sturdy shoes/boots and bring water, and snacks.

Field Trip Leaders

Joseph O'Neil

Joseph O'Neil is a Certified Arborist with over 30 years of experience in the tree and nursery field, working at Mendon's Nursery in Paradise for 9 years and currently as a consulting arborist. He has an Art degree from CSU Chico and has traveled the North State extensively. He's been birding since 2003 and loves sharing his knowledge regarding tree resources for birds.

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John Meserve

Is a professional Consulting Arborist and Horticulturist working throughout Northern California. He is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified and Certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, as well as being a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. Besides being a full time consultant he has worked as an adjunct instructor at U.C. Berkeley teaching horticulture and plant identification to Landscape Architecture students in the School of Environmental Design, as well as teaching Landscape Management in the U.C. Berkeley Cooperative Extension program. Meserve considers himself a tree and plant enthusiast, spending much free time in his garden and landscaped property, and helping others in theirs. New to birding, he is excited to share his extensive knowledge of the tree world with those that study and focus on the birds that live there. He looks forward to turning 'that tree' into something identifiable and known to participating birders.

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Jon Aull

Jon Aull received his master's degree studying parks and natural resources in the recreation department at Chico State. He is the education coordinator for the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve.

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Melanie Albrecht Peterson

Melanie Albrecht Peterson is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast whose interests include geology, natural sciences, and bird watching. As a former nursery employee, Melanie has a deep interest in plants and trees and their function in providing habitat and food for avian species. She has enjoyed learning the plants, birds, and geology of the west coast since relocating to California in 2017.

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