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Field Trip: Divide Ranch (includes lunch) - Sold Out!

$38 Adult; $20 Youth

Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


Nestled in the beautiful foothills of Western Glenn County, you'll visit areas of the Divide Ranch cattle operation. This is a family owned and operated 2000-acre cattle ranch with an additional 3000-acre ranch that the family leases. The family's love for the land and its agricultural heritage has inspired them to create numerous riparian areas for wildlife habitat and a grazing management plan that places a strong emphasis on the health of the range. Numbers of deer, turtles, beavers, raptors, ducks, and other birds have increased greatly in these areas. An extra pair of waterproof boots is a must due to a creek crossing. Following your time outdoors, you will enjoy lunch at the ranch house with Divide Ranch's 100% Grass-Fed Beef on the menu. If time permits and for those wishing to do so, lunch will be followed by a short drive west to the beautiful Upper Stony Creek area for additional bird sighting opportunities.

Divide Ranch's 100% Grass-Fed beef will be available for sale, so bring your ice chests!

Field Trip Leaders

Mike and Kathy Landini

Mike and Kathy Landini own and manage the Divide Ranch with the help of their adult children Nicole and Tony. They are passionate about creating environments on both land that they own and land that they lease, which support the family and the cattle as well as the land and the wildlife. They also direct-sell their 100% Grass-Fed Beef at farmers' markets, including the Chico Certified Farmers' Market on Saturdays.

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Pamela Waldsmith

Pamela Waldsmith enjoys a variety of interests: birding; hiking; yoga; kayaking; painting; travel; local, national, and world affairs; reading; pickleball; and photography. As an educator of thirty-five years, she most enjoyed teaching science and expanding her young students' educational experience through field trips. Fueled by her passion for science, she coached her students for the annual Nature Bowl, a fun environmental competition, with her students often placing very high in the final state competition. Since her retirement, she misses the youngsters yet has had more time to pursue her many interests, and she continues learning every day in new ways.

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Karen L. Smith

Karen is a lifelong birder and loves nature. Three years ago, after attending the annual Snow Goose Festival, she moved to Chico from the bay area due to Chico's rich habitat for bird life and its location on the Pacific Flyway. She has traveled to Baja, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and several locations within the United States to learn about birds. Karen currently co-leads a birdwatching group with Newcomers Club of Chico and next semester will teach a basic birdwatching course with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Chico. A member of Altacal Audubon Society since moving to Chico, she enjoys teaching new birders how to identify and appreciate the birds around them.

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