Field Trip: Divide Ranch

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$28 Adult; $10 Youth

Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss


Nestled in the beautiful foothills of Western Glenn County, you'll visit areas of the Divide Ranch cattle operation. This is a family owned and operated 2000-acre cattle ranch with an additional 3000-acre ranch that the family leases. The family's love for the land and its agricultural heritage has inspired them to create numerous riparian areas for wildlife habitat, and a grazing management plan that places a strong emphasis on the health of the range. Bird and other wildlife have done well with their changes, such as Lewis's Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Blue Heron, Hooded Mergansers, American Kestrel, falcon, deer, turtles, beavers, have increased greatly in these areas. We will meet Kathy Landini who will share their journey. We will make several stops along the journey to their ranch. After arriving at their ranch house, our birding group will hike up the gorgeous hill behind their ranch, where we will be treated to more varied bird species. We will have a fabulous 360 degree view at the top where we will enjoy our lunch, weather dependent. Looking westerly, we will see Stony Gorge Reservoir, town of Elk Creek, and Snow Mountain. Looking easterly we will see the Sutter Buttes and the valley. Looking northerly on a clear day we will see Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. Moderately strenuous 3-mile round trip. Please be prepared with a backpack, plenty of water, a bag lunch, snacks, sturdy walking shoes (be prepared for muddy conditions if rain has been recent), layered clothing, trekking poles recommended. Approx. 1000 feet elevation change, (600'-1600').

Field Trip Leaders

Pamela Waldsmith

Pamela Waldsmith enjoys a variety of interests: birding; hiking; yoga; kayaking; painting; travel; local, national, and world affairs; reading; pickleball; and photography. As an educator of thirty-five years, she most enjoyed teaching science and expanding her young students' educational experience through field trips. Fueled by her passion for science, she coached her students for the annual Nature Bowl, a fun environmental competition, with her students often placing very high in the final state competition. Since her retirement, she misses the youngsters yet has had more time to pursue her many interests, and she continues learning every day in new ways.

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Karen L. Smith

Karen L. Smith is a lifelong birder and nature lover. Five years ago, after attending the annual Snow Goose Festival, she moved to Chico from the bay area due to Chico's rich habitat of bird life and its location on the Pacific Flyway. She has traveled to Baja, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and several locations within the United States to learn about birds. Karen currently co-leads a birding group with Newcomers Club of Chico and taught a Beginner's Birding course with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU, Chico. She enjoys teaching new birders how to identify and appreciate the birds around them.

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