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Field Trip: Wings & Wine Tasting in Vina - Sold Out!

$40 Adult

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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Take a memorable trip to where California history was made and where assorted birds, monks, and a wine maker now reside. We'll explore the riparian and oak woodland habitats of the Sacramento River in search of resident and wintering birds such as woodpeckers, raptors, thrushes, sparrows, bluebirds, and more. Next, we'll visit the Abbey of New Clairvaux in nearby Vina, California, home to a community of Trappist monks that was founded in 1955. A discussion of the history of the property and its relation to the history of California, the story of its current residents, a tour of the under re-construction Twelfth Century Monastic Chapter House, and wine tasting will all be included. Tour and wine tasting fees included in price. Bring a lunch, water, and binoculars.

Field Trip Leaders

Dawn Garcia

Dawn Garcia works professionally as a wildlife biologist and is an active conservationist with the Altacal Audubon Society. She has had her federal bird banding license since 1992 and has initiated studies with songbirds and owls. Birding, bird-banding, and enjoying hikes and the beauty of nature are some of her passions.

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Jo Anna Arroyo

Jo Anna Arroyo is veteran biologist advocating for wildlife from her office laptop. When she does get outdoors, her binoculars, decent hiking shoes, her partner, and four-legged friend Rango are her joy. She prefers organic, eats vegetarian, volunteers, and is a voice for animals, with a special place in her heart for great apes.

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Bill Smith

Bill Smith is a retired Professional Forester who has resided in in Chico since 1975. He has a BS in Forest Management from Michigan Technological University and retired as the "Forest Silviculturist" from the Plumas National Forest in 2010. His forte in the Forest Service was large reforestation project logistics and Service Contract Administration. Notable accomplishments include serving on the Bidwell Park Commission, securing the three acre "Blue Oak Reserve" within Hillview Terrace Subdivision, and spearheadimg the design and build-out of Baroni Park, a Chico Neighborhood Park.

Bill leads a Chico Meetup Hiking Group and stays active in Community affairs. Currently, Bill is a docent at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux, in Vina, Ca., where he leads tours. The Abbey is home to 25 Trappist monks, and the property played an important role in California history.

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