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Field Trips for Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bird Photography at Gray Lodge - Still Open

$27 Adult ; $10 Youth
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat

Learn photographic techniques of digital photography, and then take great pictures of the wintering waterfowl and other wetland species. We will make use of the walking trails, viewing hides and platform, and the 3-mile auto loop at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Both photographic and processing techniques will be discussed. A digital camera with at least 200mm telephoto capability is recommended. Youth, age 16 & 17, are welcome. Dress warmly and bring water and a snack.

Field Trip Leader: Dean Carrier

Up the Creek with a Pair of Binoculars - Still Open

$27 Adult ; $10 Youth
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) is part of the larger Big Chico Creek watershed and home to a great diversity of plants and animals, including over 100 bird species. A historical ranch, the BCCER is now a place for education, research, and habitat enhancement. We will bird the oak woodland/chaparral of the upper canyon, then we’ll head down to the riparian area along the creek. This is a special opportunity to be transported by vehicle through a steep and somewhat remote area with only walk-in access for the public. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars.

Field Trip Leaders: Jon Aull and Lindsay Wood

Sacramento Refuge Fly-Off - Still Open

$27 Adult ; $10 Youth
12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat

Leaving Chico in the early afternoon will give us plenty of time to stop and look for geese, swans, and cranes on our way to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. We will arrive at the refuge in time to witness thousands of birds silhouetted against the sunset sky as they leave the refuge all at once in their spectacular 'fly-off'. Dress warmly. Photographers are welcome and encouraged to bring their equipment. This trip is also offered on Friday with a different leader.

Field Trip Leader: Cris Cline

Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery - Still Open

$22 Adult ; $10 Youth
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat

This field trip will visit two of Chico’s best birding sites. First we will explore the Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary at the City of Chico Wastewater Treatment Plant. We’ll spend a couple of hours walking the levees around the ponds where we hope to find many species of migrating waterfowl as well as resident birds and mammals. We will then go over to the Indian Fishery Day Use Area of Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park. There the half-mile trail winds through an oak woodland forest adjacent to an oxbow lake. Woodpeckers abound along with many other woodland and aquatic birds. If we are lucky we may also see River Otter, Beaver, and Pond Turtles. Bring binoculars. This trip is also offered on Sunday morning with different leaders.

Field Trip Leaders: Jerry Dirnberger and Steve King