$25 Adult; $10 Youth
Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat
The Wildlife Viewing Platform provides fantastic views of the valley, surrounding foothills and mountains, and these landscapes offer wonderful backgrounds for observing ducks and geese and other marsh birds. A ¼ - mile Hiking Trail leads to a second viewing station for more observation vistas. At sunset, watch geese and sandhill cranes fly on to Llano Seco wetland night roosts and ducks fly off to adjacent rice fields for night foraging. All walking and hiking surfaces are graveled, however there may be wind and/or rain, so dress accordingly. You will meet Joe Silveira, retired U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (1990-2020) Wildlife Biologist and former Wildlife Refuge Manager at Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, who will share his deep knowledge about this historic area. At the Information Kiosk, learn about the unique cultural and natural history of the historic Llano Seco Rancho and how conservation actions by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, California Wildlife Conservation Board, The Nature Conservancy, and the Northern California Regional Land Trust protects the natural environment of this historic Mexican Land Grant in perpetuity. Plans and annual management prescriptions are used to restore or enhance managed seasonal marshes, vernal pool annual grasslands, native perennial grasslands, elderberry savannas, valley oak woodlands, and riparian and floodplain forests. Information will be presented on: 1) grassland and marsh management for waterfowl and other wildlife; and 2) the adaptations of waterfowl, shorebirds, and sandhill cranes to various winter and migration stopover habitats.
Joe Silveira is a retired Wildlife Refuge Manager for the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge and the North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area--Llano Seco Unit. He served as a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990 and has been stationed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex since 1992, where he worked on habitat restoration and management programs involving the ecology and conservation of riparian floodplains, vernal pool landscapes, grasslands, and managed freshwater wetlands.
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