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Field Trip: Bidwell Park's Yahi Trail

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


Bidwell Park is one of the largest city parks in the United States, with a range of habitat types and recreational uses. Starting at Horseshoe Lake, we will hike about 4 miles round-trip of the Yahi Trail along Big Chico Creek. This stretch of rich riparian habitat provides excellent viewing opportunities of many riparian and oak woodland plant and animal species, and it has some of the best winter birding in Bidwell Park. Common sightings include Black Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Acorn Woodpecker, and Bushtit. Many other species are possible, and it's always worth a walk down this trail to find out! Wear comfortable hiking shoes and layers, and bring water and snacks. This trip is also offered on Thursday morning with different leaders.

Field Trip Leaders

Ken Sobon

Ken Sobon is an avid birder, field trip leader, and Vice President of Altacal Audubon Society. He has worked the last 5 seasons volunteering and assisting, and next year will be directing the Northern Saw-whet Owl fall migration monitoring project. In addition Ken has been a science teacher to middle school students in Oroville since 1995. He has shared his love of science and birding with his students both in the classroom and in field.

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Charlie Cornell

Charles Cornell holds a degree in Geography. He has birded in Butte County since the 1970s, worked for the U. S. Forest Service, and volunteered in Outdoor & Environmental Education programs. Living near rice fields in Butte County, he enjoys stepping outside at night and hearing goose music and Great Horned Owls.

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