Field Trip: Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery

Field Trip: Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

Walking, could involve distance but largely flat Walking, could involve distance but largely flat


This field trip will visit two 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. 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. Bring binoculars, water, & snacks. This trip is also offered on Sunday with different leaders.

Field Trip Leader

Scott Huber

Scott Huber has led bird watching trips throughout the western US, Mexico and the arctic as well as hundreds of wildlife tours in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Scott is past President of Altacal Audubon Society and past northstate representative to the California Audubon Board of Directors.

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