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Field Trip: Cole & Book Family Farms

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 6:30 am - 11:30 am

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


Let your birding begin at two local farms. Our first stop will be at the Book Family Farm for the early morning eagle fly-out from their foothill roosting site. The farms' fields attract Sandhill Cranes and a variety of resident and wintering birds. Just down the road, our second stop, the Cole Farm, has a large pond with cattails and tules, perfect habitat for numerous waterbirds.

Field Trip Leaders

Keith Book

Keith Book and his family are owners of the Book Family Farms.

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Gary Cole

Gary Cole is the owner of Cole Farm.

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Jerry Dirnberger

While living in the wilds of Montana in the fall of 1999, Jerry Dirnberger, the internationally unknown birder and adventurer, heard the 'not so quiet' whispers of the migrating snow geese saying "head south, head south". Since then he has spent his winters both in Colombia, SA and Chico (where he has homes) enjoying the friendship of the birds he has encountered along the way.

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Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith grew up in rural Northern California. She went on her first camping trip at age 7 months, and has taken every opportunity to get outdoors ever since. After enjoying a career in higher education, Lorraine is thrilled to have more time now to pursue her love of all things outdoors - hiking, birding, camping, kayaking, and learning something new every day about the natural world. Since retiring, Lorraine has guided nature walks, and hiking and backpacking adventures, with an emphasis on amateur birding and botanizing. Recently she has lead hiking and camping outings with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico.

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