Field Trip: Birding, History & Wine Tasting in Durham

Field Trip: Birding, History & Wine Tasting in Durham - Sold Out!

$35 Adult

Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 8:45 am - 4:15 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

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Come to Durham and see for yourself its birds and wines, back roads and vines, and the founding family of the times. The adventure starts at the Llano Seco Viewing Platform to see waterfowl and cranes. Then we'll drive the back roads of Durham where orchards and flooded rice fields support a wide variety of bird species. Our early lunch stop will be at Durham Community Park where Yellow-billed Magpies are often found! After lunch we'll stop for birding along the levy at Butte Creek and then we're off to the Durham Cemetery, where you'll find out the interesting history of the founding family, the Durhams, and California pioneer Sam Neal. After the cemetery, we will spend time with another pioneer, wood recycler Randy McLaughlin, at his Olde Durham Wood Company yard on Oro Chico Hwy. This discussion about wood recycling and composting is sure to be interesting. Then to finish off the day, we'll stop at Dog Creek Cellars for some wine tasting. Tasting fee included in price. Bring lunch, water, and dress warmly with appropriate foot wear.

Field Trip Leaders

Bill Smith

Bill Smith is a retired Professional Forester who has resided in in Chico since 1975. He has a BS in Forest Management from Michigan Technological University and retired as the "Forest Silviculturist" from the Plumas National Forest in 2010. His forte in the Forest Service was large reforestation project logistics and Service Contract Administration. Notable accomplishments include serving on the Bidwell Park Commission, securing the three acre "Blue Oak Reserve" within Hillview Terrace Subdivision, and spearheadimg the design and build-out of Baroni Park, a Chico Neighborhood Park.

Bill leads a Chico Meetup Hiking Group and stays active in Community affairs. Currently, Bill is a docent at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux, in Vina, Ca., where he leads tours. The Abbey is home to 25 Trappist monks, and the property played an important role in California history.

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Mary Wrysinski

Mary Wrysinski is a retired accountant, a Butte County Master Gardener, and a member of the Altacal Audubon Society. She began birding in 2008 and has been a member of the Snow Goose Festival steering committee since 2009. One of her goals is assisting people in the appreciation of our local natural resources. The Pacific Flyway is an outstanding example of those resources, and the Snow Goose Festival is a great path to appreciation!

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