$25 Adult; $10 Youth
Friday, Jan 26, 2024 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meet at Chico Cemetery (Map)
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat
Chico Cemetery, with roots as far back as 1852, is a birdy place. With over 50 acres of beautiful grounds, it's quiet and has hundreds of old trees, water, and plenty of food for birds. Even raptors and owls are frequent visitors, preying on the pesky gophers and rodents that are plentiful here. Yet this remarkable piece of property in the middle of Chico is a storybook of founding fathers, pioneers, settlers, and everyday families who called Chico their home. Clark Masters, Chico Cemetery Tour guide, extraordinaire, will lead you on a leisurely stroll stopping several times at historical grave sites with stories of old and Karen Smith will walk with you throughout the cemetery to discover the birds that make Chico Cemetery their home.
Karen L. Smith is a lifelong birder and nature lover. Five years ago, after attending the annual Snow Goose Festival, she moved to Chico from the bay area due to Chico's rich habitat of bird life and its location on the Pacific Flyway. She has traveled to Baja, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and several locations within the United States to learn about birds. Karen currently co-leads a birding group with Newcomers Club of Chico and taught a Beginner's Birding course with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU, Chico. She enjoys teaching new birders how to identify and appreciate the birds around them.
Karen L. Smith's Events
Clark has been in the industry as a cemeterian and a funeral director for the past 17+ years. He became particularly interested in the historical significance of Chico Cemetery and it's residents as it became clear that there is a wealth of history contained in the records regarding the notables we have in our care. Clark has made it his mission to speak with families and learn their stories so that their memories will continue on as he shares them with others. The tours are entertaining, and he enjoys seeing people react as they learn more about the people that helped make Chico what it is today.
Clark Masters's Events