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Field Trip: Feathers, Figs, & Olives

$35 Adult; $20 Youth

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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

Description

Here is a unique field trip! First on the menu, taste some figs at Maywood Organic Fig Farm in Corning and take a tour by owner Bob Steinacher. The family’s entire operation (orchards, packing, storage, and shipping) and their home are on site. Then take a short stroll through the surrounding orchards and end up at a seasonal creek with riparian habitat. This place is a winter haven for many bird species, which include sparrows, finches, kinglets, towhees, juncos, thrushes, woodpeckers, and even owls and hawks.

After your morning of birding and figs, take the short trip into Corning to the Lucero Olive Oil's tasting room. Once there, you will be given a mill tour and have the opportunity to taste several of their award-winning olive oils. Birding will continue on the way back with a stop at Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area to search for the winter birds that take advantage of the towering oaks, grandiose sycamores, and lofty cottonwoods in these healthy habitat areas along the Sacramento River.

Wear good walking/hiking shoes, and bring lunch, water, and binoculars.

Field Trip Leaders

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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Bob Steinacher

Bob Steinacher has enjoyed watching birds and the wildlife on his family's farm for over 37 years. This year he gets to share them with you.

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Bill Frey

Bill Frey generally resides and birds in Carson City, NV. When he is not there, he can sometimes be found wandering the many bird areas of California.

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