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Field Trip: Raptor Field Study

$27 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

Walking, could involve distance but largely flat Walking, could involve distance but largely flat


The Northern Sacramento Valley attracts some 14 different raptor species during the cold winter months. January is one of the best months for raptor viewing in Butte County. Your field trip leader will provide you with some field instruction and simple tools to help you id raptors in the field before we head out. We will then put those tools to the test. We'll caravan down Hwy 99, south of Chico, and practice our new skills on as many of these birds of prey as we can. Target species include Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, and more. Dress for very cold weather, bring a scope if you have it, and binoculars are a MUST! You may also want to bring snacks and water/hot drinks. Carpooling is mandatory to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum.

Field Trip Leaders

Michelle Ocken

Michelle Ocken is a graduate student at CSU, Chico where she is working on her Masterís degree in biology while studying Western Burrowing Owls. She is the founder and President of the Chico State Birding Club and is a member of Altacal Audubon Society. She also volunteers throughout the year banding Northern Saw-whet Owls and passerines.

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Chuck Carroll

Chuck Carroll is a graduate of CSU Chico and works as Natural Resources Manager at Beale AFB. He is a member of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society, The Wildlife Society, The National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, and the Department of Defense Partners in Flight Steering Committee.

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