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Field Trip: Birds & Trees of Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

$22 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


We will explore the native trees, shrubs, and birds of Butte Creek. Butte Creek Canyon is stunning with its Tuscan Volcanic Formations. This is a 3-4 mile intermediate hike along the creek (and over some logs) down to the pond. Possible sightings include Red-breasted Sapsucker, Wood Ducks, goldeneye, Great Horned Owl, and assorted warblers. Goose and duck fly-overs are also possibilities. Otters and beavers may also be seen. You will be hiking in an area affected by the Camp Fire. We will explore issues that relate to how trees and plants respond to fire damage. Still lots of natural beauty and encouraging signs of recovery to explore. Wear sturdy shoes/boots and bring water, and snacks.

Field Trip Leaders

Jon Aull

Jon Aull received his master's degree studying parks and natural resources in the recreation department at Chico State. He is the education coordinator for the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve.

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Joseph O'Neil

Joseph O'Neil is a Certified Arborist with over 30 years of experience in the tree and nursery field, working at Mendon's Nursery in Paradise for 9 years and currently as a consulting arborist. He has an Art degree from CSU Chico and has traveled the North State extensively. He's been birding since 2003 and loves sharing his knowledge regarding tree resources for birds.

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Miguette Sansegundo

Miguette Sansegundo is a life long professional gardener who moved to Chico ten years ago from Long Island, NY. The change in climate and vegetation type has been a fascination for her. Working first at the local native plant nursery to get her bearings and later exploring the area on her own, she has come to know the native flora in the area as well as that of her former seaside home. She is particularly happy to be birding in such a choice and special location.

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