Field Trip: Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery

Field Trip: Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

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


This field trip will visit two of Chico's best birding sites and is appropriate for beginning to advanced birders. First we will explore the Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary at the City of Chico Wastewater Treatment Plant, which now has limited access to the public. We'll spend a couple of hours walking the levees around the ponds where we hope to find many species of migrating waterfowl as well as resident birds and mammals. We will then go over to the Indian Fishery Day Use Area of Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park. There the half-mile trail winds through an oak woodland forest adjacent to an oxbow lake. Woodpeckers abound along with many other woodland and aquatic birds. If we are lucky we may also see river otter, beaver, and turtles. Bring binoculars, water, & snacks. This trip is also offered on Friday and Saturday with different leaders.

Field Trip Leaders

Matt Forster

Matt Forster is an avid outdoorsman and birder whose love of the land has him interested in conservation of habitat and restoration. He studied waterfowl biology and wetland management as well as ornithology at CSUChico.

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Asher Perla

Asher Perla is a 14 year old high school student and birder from Yuba county. He started birding in early 2019, after discovering eBird on a Snow Goose Festival field trip. In 2020, he completed a birding bird year in Yuba County, observing 242 species in one calendar year. Asher goes birding every day, and loves to discover and observe new behaviours in common birds as well as find rare and unusual species. In 2021, he began a study of nesting habits of a Purple Martin colony in Oregon House which he plans to continue in 2022.

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