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Field Trip: Raptors, River, & Waterfowl with Karen Amstutz - Sold Out!

$32 Adult; $15 Youth

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

Mostly birding by car and/or easy walking Mostly birding by car and/or easy walking

Description

This trip offers spectacular opportunities to see wintering swans, geese, and raptors along Cottonwood Road off Hwy 99. Ferruginous Hawk, Bald Eagle, and Burrowing Owl are just a few of the raptors that may be found here. In addition, we will hike part of the Feather River Trail in Oroville to view the numerous diving ducks, herons, and egrets. Common and Barrow's Goldeneye are often found here. Bring binoculars, lunch, water, and wear layered clothing for winter weather.

Field Trip Leaders

Gaylord Grams

Gaylord Grams is an avid local birder and has led many field trips for the Altacal Chapter of the Audubon Society.

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Karen Amstutz

Karen Amstutz is a native Californian who has spent a lifetime of summers steeped in Lodgepole Pines and their community. She has spent the past 25 years living on the edge of Yosemite National Park with her husband and daughters. Karen carries out a seasonal upslope migration to Tuolumne Meadows where she works as a national park ranger supervising the Tuolumne Meadows Interpretation operation. Karen's vibrant programs are renowned, and she is proud of the way her staff interprets the subalpine mysteries for visitors from around the world. Working as a naturalist for 30 years, Karen has lived her life with connection and attention to the natural world in professional and personal capacities. Leading bird walks and carrying out the Tuolumne Meadows bird survey since 2012 has allowed for much time and engagement with a surprising variety of avian species. She has contributed much to the understanding of birds in Yosemite's high country since her arrival in the park in the early 1990s. Karen has been a presenter at nearly all of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauquas, leading popular workshops in a variety of areas in and around the Mono Basin. She has been a leader for Yosemite's Christmas Bird Count for 20 years. Karen has been fortunate to have spent many months birding in South Asia and founded a youth birdwatching organization in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010 for children in Kailash Hostel. It is Karen's great joy to see people connect with the natural world through the lenses of binoculars! With close attention to birds, Karen's definition of 'Home' settles on our precious, perfect, planet, Earth.

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