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Field Trip: Vina Plains to Pine Creek & the River - Sold Out!

$22 Adult; $10 Youth

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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Visit The Nature Conservancy's Vina Plains Preserve and observe winter plants and animals of unique vernal pool ecosystems. Learn why vernal pool landscapes are so important to migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. Next, travel to the Pine Creek Unit of Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge to see a riparian habitat restoration project and learn why it is critical for the survival of Chinook Salmon, migratory songbirds, and endangered species.

Field Trip Leaders

Joe Silveira

Joe Silveira is currently the Wildlife Refuge Manager for the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge and the North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area--Llano Seco Unit. He has served as a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990 and has been stationed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex since 1992, where he works on habitat restoration and management programs involving the ecology and conservation of riparian floodplains, vernal pool landscapes, grasslands, and managed freshwater wetlands.

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Dawit Zeleke

Dawit Zeleke is the Associate Director Conservation and Agriculture for The Nature Conservancy. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States in 1976. He arrived at Oakwood as a freshman and graduated with the Class of 1981. Dawit earned his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Friends World College in Huntington, New York.

Dawit has worked for The Nature Conservancy for the last 25 years. He is responsible for setting strategic vision and fundraising for projects, from a variety of private and public sources, for a conservation region that includes forests in the Sierra Nevada, river systems in Northern and Central California, and more than 100,000 acres of agricultural and rangeland properties throughout California. Dawit has a passion for managing people and working with teams. With over 20 years of agriculture, habitat management, and habitat restoration experience, Dawit serves as an internal resource to conservation programs and initiatives. As a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program and chair of the U.C. Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean's Advisory Board, Dawit manages high-level relationships within California's agriculture community and industry.

Dawit and his wife Cori own and operate Capay Satsuma Mandarins, a certified organic orchard. Dawit enjoys international travel, especially to Eastern and Southern Africa, and he is an avid flyfisher.

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