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Free Events and Activities for the Whole Family for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

The Maze of Maps

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

This year we will feature an eclectic assortment of interesting maps from around the North Valley and beyond. Get the bird’s eye view of our local landscape features. Stroll through maps in the CMFC hallway and let your curiosity take you on a tour.

Exhibits Galore & Vendors!

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Displays by State, Federal, and Non-profit organizations. Plus vendors selling everything from binoculars to bird books.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Display

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

All 100 California winners from nearly 2,000 entries will be on display. Don’t forget to see the Chico winners.

Meet Smokey Bear and the Blue Goose!

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Smokey the Bear and the National Wildlife Refuge’s Blue Goose will be visiting at various times courtesy of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Also be sure to visit the US Fish & Wildlife Service fire safety exhibit booth.

Raising Kid Colt: A Story of a Young Sandhill Crane (Video)

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Experience up close the intimate world of a Sandhill Crane's family life, which includes seldom-seen perspectives of raising crane colts, as well as a progression of colt development over the summer. The video will transport you to their personal world and leave you with new insights of these iconic birds.

For many years, Sandhill Cranes have been visiting Inspiration Ridge Preserve in Homer, Alaska, where Nina and her husband, Edgar Bailey, co-founders of Kachemak Crane Watch, have lived since 1998. One day 2 years ago, a pair of Lesser Sandhill Cranes claimed a breeding territory at the Preserve. When it became clear that this pair was not going away, Nina, an amateur videographer, started filming them almost daily during their summer stay. She captured feather painting, pair bonding, dancing, mating, and more, and when the pair returned in 2011, she captured incredible footage of their daily life as they raised their family.

Presenter: Gary Ivey

Optics Demo

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Learn the basics about Binoculars and Spotting Scopes for bird watching! What do the numbers mean? Isn't higher power always better? This will be a "show and tell" discussion about the differences in size, quality, and construction of optics so that you can make a good choice for your needs and budget. Sample optics will be available from numerous manufacturers to illustrate. Marilyn Rose from Out of This World Discount Binoculars will be the presenter.

Presenter: Marilyn Rose

Junior Naturalist Activities

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Along with the Live Animal Presentations, Meet Smokey Bear and Blue Goose, Junior Duck Stamp Display, and the Duck Calling Contest, children may earn a Junior Naturalist Certificate by participating in a few activities designed just for children. There will be nature crafts, opportunities to build bird feeders, make a bird call and much, much more!

Live Raptor Experience

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Come see the Center for Reconnecting with Nature's display of raptors and falconry. Live birds will be present and the Center will be sharing about their mission, which focuses on reconnecting both children and adults with nature. The exhibit will be open from 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm, both Saturday and Sunday.

Presenter: The Center for Reconnecting with Nature

Volcanoes of Lassen Volcanic National Park

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

This workshop is a great opportunity for educators, adults, and children ages ten and older to learn about some of the world’s most exciting active earth processes. Learn about the unique geologic features of this national park and how to identify the four major types of volcanoes using a variety of fun and creative techniques. Educational props, volcanic rocks, visual display, and other resources will be used to enhance this presentation.

Presenter: Steve Zachery