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Field Trip: Marathon Big Day Birding in Sutter County

$35 Adult; $20 Youth

Friday, Jan 25, 2019 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

A true adventure trip, lots of driving and hiking A true adventure trip, lots of driving and hiking

Description

Mary and Matt will be leading a fast-paced, non-stop, wide-ranging adventure throughout Sutter County. This county is known for its wetlands and rice fields where we'll expect to see a wide variety of waterfowl including swans, geese, ducks, wading birds, shorebirds, and rails. We will bird around the Sutter Buttes while looking for Golden Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and other grassland species. Next we'll head over to Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary, then to Sutter NWR to see what ducks we can find, and then off to Meridian where an unexpected Harris's Sparrow was spotted last winter. Expect to see 75-80 or more species on this fun adventure! Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. We will be eating on the run (or in the car) since we all want to see as many birds as possible! Carpooling is mandatory to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum. No early departures on this trip.

Field Trip Leaders

Mary Muchowski

Mary Muchowski has worked as a wildlife technician/biologist since 1988 with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She has lived in the Chico area since 1983, and really enjoys the bird-life of the area, especially in the winter!

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Matt Forster

Matt Forster is an avid outdoorsman and birder whose love of the land has him interested in conservation of habitat and restoration. He studied waterfowl biology and wetland management as well as ornithology at CSUChico.

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