Field Trip: Raptor Run Cottonwood/Nelson South of Chico

Field Trip: Raptor Run Cottonwood/Nelson South of Chico - Sold Out!

$30 Adult; $15 Youth

Thursday, Jan 25, 2024 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

Walking, could involve distance but largely flat Walking, could involve distance but largely flat


The Northern Sacramento River Valley hosts a large assortment of raptors that during our relatively mild, wet winters is augmented by an almost equally large contingent of wintering species, some of which exploit our fantastic cohort of wintering waterfowl and others the vast expanses of grasslands and fallow ag lands. January is one of the best months for raptor viewing in Butte County; accordingly, we will caravan southward along Hwy 99 to the environs south of Chico to seek as many of these birds of prey as we can. Target species include Bald and Golden Eagles, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, Merlin, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and Burrowing Owl. Dress for potentially cold, wet weather; bring a scope if you have one; and binoculars are a MUST! This trip is also offered on Saturday.

Field Trip Leaders

Gary Nielsen

Gary Nielsen has birded for more than 40 years in Butte county and beyond. A particular love are birds of open horizons, be they raptors or seabirds. Since retiring from teaching in 2007, he has spent more than a year in the seabird colonies of the NW Hawaiian Islands, including 11 months on Midway, among the 2 million Albatross.

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Tom Myers

Tom Myers is a retired elementary teacher who has been birding for over 25 years. He is a board member of the Stanislaus Audubon Society and birds mostly in Stanislaus and Merced Counties. He enjoys long walks with his dog, birding, hiking and exploring wild places.

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