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Field Trip: Birds & Trees of Cedar Grove

$22 Adult; $10 Youth

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


Join us for a bird and tree walk in Lower Bidwell Park. This gentle 2-mile walk will focus on identifying the many birds that inhabit this local site. The walk include Cedar Grove's "World of Trees" Nature Trail and a stop along Big Chico Creek. The "World of Trees" is an arboretum that has many native shrubs, plants, and species of trees, some of which are over 100 years old. Joseph and John will discuss identification topics including how to identify trees that are defoliated and how birds use trees for habitat and food. With the large variety of plants and trees and the ready access to water, many species of birds flock to the center. We hope to see Western Bluebird, kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, several species of woodpeckers, and possibly raptors.

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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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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