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Field Trip: Bird the Shores of Black Butte Lake

$27 Adult; $10 Youth

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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


Situated on the west side of the upper Sacramento Valley, Black Butte Lake is surrounded by beautiful dark volcanic buttes. Come explore the backwaters and woodlands this lake has to offer and see Pied-billed Grebes, Clark's and Western Grebes, Belted Kingfisher, Bonaparte's Gulls, and goldeneyes. Stop along the roads and see Wild Turkeys, Loggerhead Shrike, Mountain Bluebirds, Red-tailed Hawks, and Turkey Vultures. Lewis's Woodpeckers, Golden Eagles, and Bald Eagles winter in this area too. We'll take a short hike on the Big Oak Trail. Bring a lunch and drink. This trip is also offered on Sunday with different leaders.

Field Trip Leaders

Wyatt Hersey

Wyatt Hersey is a seasonal Avian Ecologist with Point Blue Conservation Science, an artist, and an environmental educator with Earthbound Skills in Chico.

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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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