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Field Trip: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area with Karen Amstutz - Sold Out!

$35 Adult; $20 Youth

Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 8:15 am - 3:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is one of the premier winter birding areas in Northern Sacramento Valley. With its varied habitats, flat hiking trails, viewing hides, and auto loop, viewing the abundant waterfowl and Snow Geese will be spectacular! We will also be looking for wintering raptors, shorebirds, and gulls. Target birds will include Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-necked Stilt, and Long-billed Curlew to name a few. Please bring your binoculars, a lunch, and plenty of water.

Field Trip Leaders

Victor Paz

Victor Paz was a member of the Central Sierra Audubon Society in Sonora, CA for 20 years. He has recently moved to Tehama County and is now a member of the Altacal Audubon Society.

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Ruth Paz

Ruth Paz is a member of Altacal Audubon Society and enjoys the monthly meetings and presentations. The summer camping trips with Audubon are great fun. When birding in Lassen Volcanic National Park on some of these trips, she enjoys seeing birds that don't come to her back yard. Ruth has been birding for over 20 years.

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Karen Amstutz

Karen Amstutz is a native Californian who has spent a lifetime of summers steeped in Lodgepole Pines and their community. She has spent the past 25 years living on the edge of Yosemite National Park with her husband and daughters. Karen carries out a seasonal upslope migration to Tuolumne Meadows where she works as a national park ranger supervising the Tuolumne Meadows Interpretation operation. Karen's vibrant programs are renowned, and she is proud of the way her staff interprets the subalpine mysteries for visitors from around the world. Working as a naturalist for 30 years, Karen has lived her life with connection and attention to the natural world in professional and personal capacities. Leading bird walks and carrying out the Tuolumne Meadows bird survey since 2012 has allowed for much time and engagement with a surprising variety of avian species. She has contributed much to the understanding of birds in Yosemite's high country since her arrival in the park in the early 1990s. Karen has been a presenter at nearly all of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauquas, leading popular workshops in a variety of areas in and around the Mono Basin. She has been a leader for Yosemite's Christmas Bird Count for 20 years. Karen has been fortunate to have spent many months birding in South Asia and founded a youth birdwatching organization in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010 for children in Kailash Hostel. It is Karen's great joy to see people connect with the natural world through the lenses of binoculars! With close attention to birds, Karen's definition of 'Home' settles on our precious, perfect, planet, Earth.

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