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Field Trip: Upper Bidwell Park's Yahi Trail

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


The Yahi Trail in Upper Bidwell Park, a favorite birding trail with locals, offers a surprisingly rich variety of birds all year. The natural habitat along Big Chico Creek offers excellent viewing opportunities of many creek-side and oak woodland bird species, and it has some of the best winter birding in Bidwell Park. We will hike less than 3 miles round-trip along the creek starting at Horseshoe Lake. Sightings include Black Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Acorn Woodpecker, and Bushtit. Many other species are possible, like Phainopepla, and it's always worth a walk down this trail to find out! Wear comfortable hiking shoes and layers, and bring water and snacks. This trip is also offered on Sunday morning with different leaders.

Field Trip Leaders

John Seid

John Seid taught elementary school children for 35 years and made it a point to teach them about the wonders of our natural world and our place in this amazing world. Since we live in the Pacific Flyway, many units were done around birds that migrate here and also our local ones. John believes that if you know the name of something it brings you closer. He is an avid photographer, and you can find him all summer kayaking and all winter at the refuges around us with his faithful dog Lucy.

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Joan Robins

Joan Robins has been a wildlife and nature photographer for over twenty years, traveling the world, but more importantly, exploring the nooks and crannies in nearby mountains, fields, and ponds. She has photographed Bald Eagles along the Sacramento River, Bushtits and Ruby-crowned Kinglets along the paths at the Indian Fisheries, Osprey and dancing Grebes at Black Butte Lake, and Sandhill Cranes at dawn at Llano Seco. Over the years, she's studied animal and bird behavior and adjusted her own habits to match theirs - up before dawn to capture them in the morning light. The beauty of the natural world never loses its allure and nothing delights her more than sharing this beauty with others through her photographs.

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