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Field Trip: Rio Vista, Woodson Bridge, & Olive Tour

$28 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


Winter birds, the river, and olives! What a combination to experience and only at the Snow Goose Festival. First, join Dave as he takes you to the Rio Vista Unit of Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area to search for the winter birds that take advantage of these healthy habitat areas along the Sacramento River. You'll hike a 2-mile flat trail through the Rio Vista Unit in riparian woodland and stroll through towering oaks, sycamores, and cottonwoods at the Woodson Bridge SRA. These places are a winter haven to Bald Eagles, woodpeckers, thrushes, sparrows, wrens, finches, and owls. Then after your morning of birding, take the short trip into Corning to the Lucero Olive Oil's tasting room. Once there you will be given a mill tour and have the opportunity to taste several of their award-winning olive oils and their unique olive oil ice cream sundae. Wear good walking/hiking shoes, and bring lunch, water, and binoculars.

Field Trip Leaders

Dave Tinker

Dave Tinker is a Biology and Natural Resource teacher at Corning Union High School and is very familiar with this area. He has been very active in this river area for the last 15 years. He has been involved in bird censusing, wildlife viewing, and the maintaining of bird nest boxes.

Dave Tinker's Events

David O'Keefe

David O'Keefe has been observing birds one way or another for most of his life. He has done work for Pt. Reyes bird observatory and has helped with bird surveys across northern California. Currently he is actively renaming the birds of the north state with the titles the birds themselves use.

David O'Keefe's Events