Field Trip: Raptors & River

Field Trip: Raptors & River - Sold Out!

$30 Adult; $15 Youth

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

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


The Northern Sacramento Valley attracts some 14 different raptor species during the cold winter months. January is one of the best months for raptor viewing in Butte County, especially on Cottonwood and Nelson Roads. Join David as you caravan down Hwy 99, south of Chico, stopping along these roads with a chance to see a variety of birds of prey. Then walk the banks of the Feather River Trail in Oroville to view the waterfowl (goldeneye, Bufflehead, merganser) and the winter residents (Phainopepla, woodpeckers, herons, egrets, and more). Dress for very cold weather, bring a scope if you have it, and binoculars, lunch, and water are a MUST

Field Trip Leader

David Wimpfheimer

David Wimpfheimer is a professional naturalist, guide and biologist who is very passionate about our natural world. He has particular interests in birds and the natural history of the American West. Since earning a degree in Biology from Beloit College, David has studied seabirds and shorebirds in Alaska, raptors in Egypt and a variety of birds in Point Reyes and other regions of California. Since the mid-1980s, David has shared his extensive knowledge about all aspects of the natural world with hundreds of groups. His educational programs have focused on Point Reyes, Alaska, Arizona, Baja California, Yosemite, Death Valley and other parts of California. Although the majority of David's field trips are geared toward teaching and interpreting birds and bird habitats, he is just as experienced and enthusiastic sharing the full diversity of the natural world. From whale watching expeditions to wildflower hikes, David's seasoned focus and knowledge make every outdoor visit memorable and enjoyable. For over thirty years he has worked for many organizations; the Smithsonian Institution, California Academy of Sciences, Point Reyes Field Institute, Road Scholar, Oceanic Society, Speyside Wildlife, and Wild Wings. Learn more at

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