Field Trip: Birds & Trees of Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

Field Trip: Birds & Trees of Butte Creek Ecological Preserve - Sold Out!

$22 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (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 currently the outdoor education coordinator for the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, and has worked as a naturalist along the creek for 20 years.

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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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Melanie Albrecht Peterson

Melanie Albrecht Peterson is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast whose interests include geology, natural sciences, and bird watching. As a former nursery employee, Melanie has a deep interest in plants and trees and their function in providing habitat and food for avian species. She has enjoyed learning the plants, birds, and geology of the west coast since relocating to California in 2017.

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