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Field Trip: Llano Seco Rancho -- Land, Water, & Wildlife

$22 Adult; $10 Youth

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


Farming operations and managed wildlife areas at Llano Seco Rancho rely on a water delivery system that draws from the Sacramento River, Butte Creek, and the Feather River. On this tour you will see and learn about the ranch water delivery system that has been in use for over 100 years. Tour guide John Hunt is a local ecologist who has been involved in wildlife studies, habitat restoration, and resource management at the ranch for over 15 years. You will walk along the valley oak woodlands, savannas, and freshwater marshes associated with Angel Slough and the water delivery system. Also, Llano Seco Rancho employees will take some time in the cookhouse to share about the history of the property. Dress warmly and be sure to bring your binoculars, as these habitats will provide ample opportunity to see wintering waterfowl, including Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds.

Field Trip Leaders

John W. Hunt

John Hunt has worked as a natural resources professional and project manager for more than 20 years. He is a wildlife biologist and botanist with a Master's Degree in Biology and certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). John is the Conservation Director of the Northern California Regional Land Trust.

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Malia Forbert

Malia Forbert graduated from Sonoma State University in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. Ms. Forbert has five years of field experience with native and invasive plant management, and biological surveys in Northern California. As Stewardship Coordinator for the Northern California Regional Land Trust, Malia's main focus is to maintain communication and relationships between landowners, agencies, and community partners, and coordinate and perform annual conservation easement monitoring, GIS mapping, and reports for 33+ properties across Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Shasta counties as well as assist with all outreach, field trips, and surveys.

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