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Free Events and Activities for the Whole Family for Sunday, January 26, 2014

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.

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.

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!

Wetlands' Wildlife - The Sacramento Valley

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Filmed in the Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge, The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, The Llano Seco Wildlife Refuge, and the wetlands and rice fields in and around the counties of Butte and Colusa in California, this beautiful video gives viewers a close-up look at many of the migratory birds that come from as far away as Siberia and the Arctic Circle to make their homes in the Sacramento Valley's wetlands each winter. Included are Snow Geese, Ross's Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese, Canada Geese, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, and many other species.

Presenter: Henry Ganzler

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Display

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Chico Creek Nature Center

All 100 California winners from nearly 2,000 entries will be on display. Don’t forget to see the Chico winners. The location has changed this year. It is now at the Chico Creek Nature Center. The display will be available for viewing from Wednesday, January 23, through Sunday, January 27, from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

Volcanoes of Lassen Volcanic National Park

11:00 am - 12:30 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

River Dynamics & Wildlife

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Chico Masonic Family Center

Join us for a virtual journey through the upper and middle Sacramento River regions. We will discuss how physical river systems and seasons affect and influence wildlife within the Sacramento River Watershed. This workshop will highlight the majesty, ecosystem services and diverse wildlife of the Sacramento River. This 1.5 hour workshop will have plenty of time for questions and attendee input.


Presenter: Lucas RossMerz