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Field Trip: Birding, History, & Wine Tasting in Durham - Sold Out!

$35 Adult

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 8:45 am - 4:15 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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Come to Durham and see for yourself its birds and wines, back roads and vines, and the founding family of the times. The adventure starts at the Llano Seco Viewing Platform to see waterfowl and cranes. Then we'll drive the back roads of Durham where orchards and flooded rice fields support a wide variety of bird species. Our early lunch stop will be at Durham Community Park where Yellow-billed Magpies are often found! After lunch we'll stop for birding along the levy at Butte Creek and then we're off to the Durham Cemetery, where you'll find out the interesting history of the founding family, the Durhams, and California pioneer Sam Neal. After the cemetery, we will spend time with another pioneer, wood recycler Randy McLaughlin, at his Olde Durham Wood Company yard on Oro Chico Hwy. This discussion about wood recycling and composting is sure to be interesting. Then to finish off the day, we'll stop at the Almendra Winery & Distillery for some wine tasting. Tasting fee included in price. Bring lunch, water, and dress warmly with appropriate foot wear.

Field Trip Leaders

Mary Muchowski

Mary Muchowski has worked as a wildlife technician/biologist since 1988 with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She has lived in the Chico area since 1983, and really enjoys the bird-life of the area, especially in the winter! She is currently the Executive Director of the Altacal Audubon Society.

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Bill Smith

Bill Smith is a retired Professional Forester who has resided in in Chico since 1975. He has a BS in Forest Management from Michigan Technological University and retired as the "Forest Silviculturist" from the Plumas National Forest in 2010. His forte in the Forest Service was large reforestation project logistics and Service Contract Administration. Notable accomplishments include serving on the Bidwell Park Commission, securing the three acre "Blue Oak Reserve" within Hillview Terrace Subdivision, and spearheadimg the design and build-out of Baroni Park, a Chico Neighborhood Park.

Bill leads a Chico Meetup Hiking Group and stays active in Community affairs. Currently, Bill is a docent at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux, in Vina, Ca., where he leads tours. The Abbey is home to 25 Trappist monks, and the property played an important role in California history.

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