Field Trip: Birds & Trees of Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

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

$25 Adult; $15 Youth

Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 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


On this trip we will explore the native trees, shrubs, and birds of stunning Butte Creek Canyon with its Tuscan Volcanic Formations. This is a 2-3-mile* intermediate hike along the creek down to the pond. Over 160 species have been documented here. Possible sightings include Phainopepla, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, and assorted creekside species. Otters and beavers also frequent the area. You will be hiking in an area affected by the Camp Fire. As we bird, we will explore this fire adapted landscape and see the vigorous regrowth of the past 4 years. Wear sturdy shoes/boots and bring water, and snacks.

Field Trip Leaders

Jon Aull

Jon has been a naturalist around Chico since the turn of the century, designing and implementing environmental education programs for children and adults. He has a master's degree from CSUC in Parks and Natural Resources. His particular interests are plants, birds, and butterflies, but practically anything in nature can stop him in his tracks and lead him down a rabbit hole of ecological relationships.

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Charlie Giannini

My name is Charlie Giannini I was born and raised in Chico, California. I always had a love for the outdoors and I began birdwatching in 5th grade. I am now a Junior at CSU, Chico Majoring in Biology with a minor in studio arts. After I finish my bachelor's degree I plan on going to grad school with the goal of eventually working as a wildlife biologist.

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Anton Dresler

Anton Dresler grew up exploring Bidwell Park and the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve since before he could walk. He has spent much of his time observing and learning about the natural world around him, and enjoys sharing both his knowledge of and enthusiasm for all the newts, birds and butterflies with those around him. And dad jokes.

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