The Altacal Audubon Group has the following activities scheduled for May.
All programs and activities are free, unless otherwise stated, and are open to the public.
Keeping Utah Wild for Birds, Biodiversity and Climate with Jenny Holmes is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 16 via Zoom.
Learn about the important contributions protecting Utah’s 8.4 million acres of wild lands will make toward President Biden’s goal of protecting 30% of U.S. land and waters by 2030 to protect biodiversity and nature. climate with Jenny Holmes, field organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Key areas for birding and migrating birds in or near the Wildlands will be discussed and the award-winning short film Wild Utah!, which draws on diverse voices to tell the story of why the Wildlands Utah’s unique wildernesses — places of stunning natural beauty, untouched ecosystems, and unfathomable cultural significance — are worth protecting.
To join the meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87091913847?pwd=S3FEZk9waXBjZnUzSS9JQjBRRUdOUT09. Meeting ID: 870 9191 3847 Passcode: 909196
Birdwatching begins at the Sacramento River – Rio Vista NWR unit, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 12.
Meet at the Rio Vista unit on South Avenue in Corning. The trail is about 2 miles long. Begin the trail in an oak woodland habitat and arrive at the Sacramento River and see a variety of birds including Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Bullock’s Oriole, Black-capped Grosbeak, Woodpecker red-breasted and downy woodpecker. Bring snacks, water and binoculars. Tell the chef in advance if you want to borrow a pair of binoculars. This tour is beginner-oriented, but all experience levels over 18 are welcome. RSVP to Karen at [email protected]
Birdwatching and Wine Tasting in Yolo County, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14
Drive into Yolo County to Putah Creek or the Capay Valley to search for migrants and foothill birds and end at Grindstone Winery off Highway 595 just west of Dunnigan for a wine tasting. Locations may change due to finding migrants in the county. Departs Butte County at 7:30 am from the nearest first Park & Ride lot on Hwy 99. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Back in Chico around 4-5pm. Write to Matt Forster at [email protected] to confirm your participation.
Tuscany Bird Watching Loop. 8am-11am Sunday May 15
Meet at 8 a.m. at Chico Park & Ride at the nearest end of Highway 99 to carpool to Tuscan Loop, part of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Preserve. Here, at higher elevations, the party may see Wrentit, California Thrasher, Cassin’s Finch, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Lazuli Sparrow, Western Wood-pewee and a variety of woodpeckers and spring warblers. This is a fairly short walk so you may have time to visit the main BCCER or another birding site before returning to the Park & Ride. Email Joyce Bond at [email protected] to RSVP.
Take a Hike – Birds of the Sierras, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21
In partnership with the Altacal Audubon Society, the Northern California Regional Land Trust is delighted to welcome the public to the Deer Creek Preserve for a morning of birding as part of the Take a Hike series of events. This hike will meander inside the reserve towards the fish ladder before returning via the same route, offering participants the opportunity to hone their bird identification skills as well as beautiful canyon views . This is an easy three to four mile hike, depending on participants’ interest, with some moderately strenuous climbs and a creek crossing over rocks that will be navigable for any sure-footed hiker. Supportive shoes, layers of light clothing, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water and snacks are recommended. Binoculars will be available at the trailhead to loan out to those who need them.
Registration is free but required to participate. Visit www.landconservation.org/events to reserve your spot. Consider a tax-deductible donation to support future educational events like this, and the conservation of open spaces and wild places in Northern California.
Lunch is not part of the event, but participants may choose to leave a cooler in their vehicle and stay at the end of the hike for a picnic near Deer Creek. Alternatively, attendees returning to Chico will drop by Zavattero Grocery Store at Forest Ranch, offering a popular deli counter and a selection of fresh and packaged foods.
Those wishing to carpool can depart by RV from Chico Park & Ride at 8:15 a.m. Carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking at the trailhead may be limited on weekends.