Saturday, Jan 27, 2024 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat
This field trip will visit some 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, the Washout and/or Big Chico Creek Access 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. After birding, we will head to Scotty's Landing where you can purchase food and/or bverages and we can watch birds from the deck. Bring binoculars, water, & snacks.
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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Lisa Winslow has a lifelong love for birds, wildlife and nature. She was a School Counselor for many years in the Chico community. She often spends her weekends out birding and hiking and is a member of the local Altacal Audubon Society. One of her favorite hot spots in the Chico area is the Oxidation Ponds.
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