Field Trip: Thermalito Afterbay & Forebay

Field Trip: Thermalito Afterbay & Forebay

$25 Adult; $15 Youth

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 8:45 am - 2:30 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

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


Join us for a trip to the Thermalito South Forebay Recreation Area to look for Redheads, Canvasback, Common Loon, Hooded Mergansers, and other diving ducks. From there we will drive around the Forebay, turn onto Nelson Ave and search the foothills for birds of prey including Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Merlin, Bald, and Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and Burrowing Owl. Next, we will go to a few different spots on the Afterbay to continue our search for diving ducks, grebes, and other deep-water birds. Rare birds seen in the winter at either the Forebay and Afterbay in recent years include White-winged Scoter, Surf Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, and Pacific Loon.

Field Trip Leader

Matt Forster

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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