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Field Trip: Raptor Run - Sold Out!

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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The Northern Sacramento River Valley hosts a large assortment of raptors that during our relatively mild, wet winters is augmented by an almost equally large contingent of wintering species, some of which exploit our fantastic cohort of wintering waterfowl and others the vast expanses of grasslands and fallow ag lands. January is one of the best months for raptor viewing in Butte County; accordingly, we will caravan southward along Hwy 99 to the environs south of Chico to seek as many of these birds of prey as we can. Target species include Bald and Golden Eagles, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, Merlin, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and Burrowing Owl. Dress for potentially cold, wet weather; bring a scope if you have one; and binoculars are a MUST! Carpooling is mandatory to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum. This trip is also offered on Wednesday and Saturday with different leaders.

Field Trip Leaders

Michelle Ocken

Michelle Ocken is a biologist working for Colorado State University at Beale Air Force Base. She received her Master's degree in biology from Chico State University studying Western Burrowing Owl habitat requirements. While attending Chico State, she was the founder and president of the Chico State Birding/Naturalists Club and has been a member of Altacal Audubon Society. She enjoys leading birding trips and assisting with bird banding whenever she can and sharing her knowledge of the natural world.

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Gary Nielsen

Gary Nielsen has birded for more than 40 years in Butte county and beyond. A particular love are birds of open horizons, be they raptors or seabirds. Since retiring from teaching in 2007, he has spent more than a year in the seabird colonies of the NW Hawaiian Islands, including 11 months on Midway, among the 2 million Albatross.

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