$25 Adult; $15 Youth
Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat
Just a short drive outside Durham, along the roadways bordering Rancho Esquon you may see Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, and Sandhill Cranes right from your vehicle. Bald Eagles are occasionally spotted perched in the snags along the agricultural wetlands. Upon arrival at Rancho Esquon, hot coffee and pastries will be waiting at the Larry E Merlo Education Center where ranch manager, Rayme Antonowich will talk about the diverse undertakings of the complex rice ranch. Then Brenda, the ranch's Office Manager, will lead you to the 1,000-acre restored wetland area, where you will discover high concentrations of waterfowl, raptors, and varied wildlife that make Rancho Esquon their home. This trip is also offered on Saturday.
Brenda M Bebensee was born and raised in Gridley, California. She attended CSU, Chico majoring in Photojournalism and Public Relations. After college she worked as a Wholesale Lender in the bay area for 15 years. Brenda moved back to the area focused on her waterfowl photography. She joined Ducks Unlimited and The California Waterfowl Association, becoming a volunteer for CWA's Wood Duck Program. Brenda first came to Rancho Esquon 8 years ago when she brought Wood Duck Eggs to Loretta Gardiner, the office manager and Hatchery Manager partnered with CWA Egg Salvage Program. Brenda became a volunteer for Loretta helping to clean Brood Ponds, feed, receive, band and release egg salvage ducks at 5 weeks old. She was named Volunteer of the Year by CWA in 2020. In February of this year, Loretta retired from the office and Brenda was hired to replace her as Rancho Esquon, Inc Office Manager. She spends free time photographing waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors at our area refuges, Llano Seco, Sacramento Refuge, Gray lodge, Colusa Refuge, and Private Habitats to photograph and or video the owner's duck hunting.
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Raymond "Rayme" Antonowich was born and raised in Durham, California, attended Durham High School and graduated California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After receiving a degree in Agricultural Production, he returned home to Durham. Rayme gained expertise in farming through his Family Business, Antonowich Farms and Antonowich Huller, his involvement with FFA, various water boards, and life experiences. In 2003 he was hired as a consultant for Rancho Esquon, Inc developing the orchards, rebuilding roads, improving and maintaining the fish ladders and dam on Butte Creek, planting and developing our wetland habitat, where millions of waterfowl, shore birds, songbirds and raptors stop to feed and rest as they migrate south traveling the Pacific Flyaway. In 2016, Rayme became General Ranch Manager of Rancho Esquon, Inc. He continues to better the ranch you see today, tackling obstacles, and continuing growth and development. He is involved in State, District and Local Water boards, protecting not only Rancho Esquon, but all area farms.
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