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Field Trip: Thermalito Afterbay & Surrounding Grasslands

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch (Map)

More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss


This hike along the north side of the Afterbay reservoir offers a great mix of habitat including open water, rice fields, short-grass plains, back-bays, and marsh. We hope to see a variety of waterfowl and raptors. Lots of open sky views. Bring food, good hiking gear, and all-weather clothing.

Field Trip Leaders

Andy Tomaselli

Andy Tomaselli is an avid outdoor enthusiast, having spent his young adult life working and living in Yosemite National Park where he first became curious about natural history. He is a self-taught naturalist, learning most of the flora and fauna of California from field guides. Andy enjoys fly fishing, backcountry skiing and has spent many years helping with local Christmas Bird Counts. Andy refers to himself as a "smart alecky laymen" and likes to call his self-taught natural history a "burden of knowledge" that he is more than happy to unload on anyone who asks. He has resided in Chico for over 25 years and has explored the Northstate extensively; especially obscure out of the way locations. When not birding or botanizing with his lovely wife, he likes to pursue his creative side playing and singing American standards on the ukulele.

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Hilary Locke

Hilary Locke is a lifelong nature lover who makes a living as a social worker. She has recently discovered that birding is a fabulous way to maintain her equanimity.

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