Field Trip: Cole & Book Family Farms

Field Trip: Cole & Book Family Farms - Sold Out!

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Friday, Jan 28, 2022 6:30 am - 11:30 am

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

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


Let your birding begin at two local farms. Our first stop will be at the Book Family Farm for the early morning eagle fly-out from their foothill roosting site. The farms' fields attract Sandhill Cranes and a variety of resident and wintering birds. Just down the road, our second stop, the Cole Farm, has a large pond with cattails and tules, perfect habitat for numerous waterbirds. Dress for potentially cold, wet weather and wear sturdy hiking footwear.

Field Trip Leaders

Gary Cole

I was born in Chico and went through most of my education in Chico schools. I have a degree in biology and natural history while stressing my interest in ornithology at the graduate studies level while at CSUC. I've traveled and birded in many places around the world such as China, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Russia, and spent extensive times in Australia/Tasmania. For several years I've guided the bird walk at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area on weekends Dec. thru Feb. I've lived, farmed, an enjoyed observing and studying wildlife at my present residential location for over 50 years. I look forward to sharing my interests, observations, and wildlife viewing with others.

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Tess McGuire

Tess McGuire has been birding and making hats for the last twenty years. She became an avid kayaker when she bought a house on Clear Lake. Now that she lives near Mendocino she paddles the the local rivers and birds the coast. Perhaps some day she'll be brave enough to go out on the ocean.

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Keith Book

Keith Book and his family are owners of the Book Family Farms.

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Karen von Bargen

I've been casually birding since I was about 3 when my granny gave me my first Golden Guide. I fell away from birding in my teen years but started up again when I was in college and doing native plant surveys. I feel very lucky to live in Butte County where birds are numerous and people are so kind as to share their bird knowledge with others.

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