Field Trip: Historic Rancho Llano Seco

Field Trip: Historic Rancho Llano Seco

$40 Adult; $15 Youth

Thursday, Jan 25, 2024 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

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


This is a "behind the gates" opportunity to visit the historic Rancho Llano Seco where thousands of acres are set aside for wildlife habitat and conservation. Habitats include riparian forests along the Sacramento River and Little Chico Creek, floodplain oxbow lakes, Valley oak woodlands and savannas along Angel Slough, native perennial grasslands, annual grasslands with vernal pools, and freshwater marsh wetlands. These habitats attract wintering ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, and shorebirds, as well as a variety of raptors and other land birds. We will hear about Rancho's rich cultural and natural history, its wildlife habitats, and wildlife-friendly farming practices. A field trip will wind through a majestic Valley oak woodland, where we will stretch our legs before traveling to the marsh to scout-out waterfowl, sandhill cranes, and other wildlife. In the event of road or flood conditions, we may travel to the USFWS Llano Seco Unit wildlife viewing platform. Dress warmly, bring a warm beverage, and do bring your binoculars -- we may have a chance to see hundreds of wintering ducks, geese, and Sandhill Cranes! This tour leaves the ranch after dark.

Field Trip Leaders

Joe Silveira

Joe Silveira spent 36 years as a professional in natural resources conservation -- over 29 years with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. He was stationed at Sacramento National Wildlife (NWR) Refuge Complex, where he served as a Wildlife Biologist, and later Wildlife Refuge Manager, for Sacramento River NWR and the Steve Thompson North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area --Llano Seco Unit. He lead habitat restoration and management programs, and associated monitoring surveys and research investigation for riparian, floodplain, and basin habitats, such as mixed and oak forests, valley oak woodland, elderberry savanna, managed emergent marshes, native perennial grasslands, wildflower fields, vernal pools, and alkali meadows. He worked with diverse agencies, organizations, universities, and local ranchers, developing partnerships to create and maintain well functioning refuge habitats, which represent the best of these remaining Great Valley Ecosystems.

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Charlie Thieriot

Charlie Thieriot is a sixth generation owner of Rancho Llano Seco and the CEO of Llano Seco Meats. He is an avid conservationist, hunter and fisherman. He is on the board of the Northern California Water Association and Reclamation District 2106. He is a member of NCWA's Conservation Task Force working to deepen communication, understanding and common goals between farmers and conservation groups in Northern California.

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