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Presentations/Workshops for Saturday, January 24, 2015

Basic Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop - Still Open

$15 Adult ; $8 Youth
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center


This workshop is an introduction to nature and wildlife photography, particularly bird photography. Topics will include discussions on exposure, lighting, composition, and the ethics of nature photography. Some equipment will be on display including film and digital cameras, photography blinds, camera support devices, flash projection setups, and remote control units. This workshop compliments a free Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge photography tour offered on Sunday morning. To sign up for this tour, contact the Sacramento NWR at (530) 934-2801 or sacramentovalleyrefuges@fws.gov.

Presenter: Steve Emmons

Soundscapes of California - Still Open

$8 Adult ; $5 Youth
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center


Take a tour of California's fascinating soundscapes. We will enjoy a selection of surround-sound recordings from California's parks and wildlife preserves. A quick survey of nature recording equipment and brief ear training exercises will be given. The relatively new concept of "soundscape" describes an immersive appreciation of nature. Participants may wish to take the field trip that compliments this workshop, Beginning Birding by Ear on Sunday at 7:45 am.

Presenters: Dan Dugan and Greg Weddig and Sharon Perry

Owls: Soul of the Night by Scott Weidensaul - Sold Out!

$10 Adult ; $5 Youth
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center


Everyone loves owls - the beauty, mystery and charm of these nocturnal birds. But science is still unlocking many of the secrets of owl biology and ecology, and there is a great deal still to be discovered about them. Scott Weidensaul will take you into the enigmatic world of owls during this workshop, based on his forthcoming book, Owls of North America and the Caribbean, a Peterson Reference Guide, and exploring much of his own field research into Snowy Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls, and other species.

Presenter: Scott Weidensaul

Photographing Birds & Nature - Where to Go in California - Still Open

$15 Adult ; $8 Youth
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

This program is an introduction to some of the locations in California and nearby southern Oregon that provide excellent opportunities to photograph nature, particularly birds and scenic views. Photography opportunities on the refuges of the Sacramento Refuge Complex will be discussed in addition to recommended methods of photographing at the other locations covered in the presentation.

Presenter: Steve Emmons

The Ventriloquist Owl - Still Open

$8 Adult ; $5 Youth
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center


The ventriloquist Flammulated Owl is a secretive, Neotropical migrant that eats only insects and nests in tree cavities. People have always been fascinated by owls, and this species is particularly intriguing. After 15 years studying Flammulated Owls in western North America, David Arsenault remains captivated by their mysterious lives. David currently manages the Plumas Audubon Society’s long-term study of Flammulated Owls at Lake Davis in northern California, which is the largest known population of this species in the Sierra Nevada. During this workshop, David will share what he has learned studying the species in New Mexico, Nevada, and now in California.

Presenter: David Arsenault

Photography...Taking it to the Next Level! - Still Open

$10 Adult ; $5 Youth
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center


Finding your way in the field of artistic expression, consider going outside your comfort zone. From Go Pro Hero, iPhone cameras, super easy HD movies, inexpensive 60X telephoto, and a photo market gone bonkers, the lid is off on creativity. Let's (show & tell) talk about it. The surprise is in learning that your best location may well be close to where you live.

Presenter: Ron & Nancy Sanford

Less Lawn, More Wildlife - Gardens as Habitat - Still Open

$8 Adult ; $5 Youth
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center


Lawns are wonderful for children to play on, dogs to run on, and the expanse of green is certainly appreciated in the heat of the summer. Lawns, however, use large quantities of water and fertilizer, need mowing, and provide little to no habitat for insects and birds. In this workshop I will discuss the nuts and bolts of converting a lawn into a wildlife friendly garden for pollinators and birds. Methods of eliminating lawns - irrigation conversion - design considerations - and plant choices will be covered. We will also talk about Altacal's new Neighborhood Habitat Certification Program.

Presenter: John Whittlesey

Secrets of the Sutter Buttes - Still Open

$8 Adult ; $5 Youth
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center


Here's an opportunity for glimpses into the mysterious Sutter Buttes. Travel through the Buttes without ever leaving your chair as you enjoy this fascinating slide presentation on the many facets and wonders of the remarkable landscape that makes up the Sutter Buttes.

Presenter: Mike Hubbartt