Meet at 8:00 AM at Festival Headquarters (Almanor Recreation Center).
Activity level 3. Mostly flat, but potentially uneven or wet ground, over meadowland and rocks.
DESCRIPTION: Come join us for a tour of the historic Home Ranch at Mountain (Walker) Meadows, getting a glimpse into the ranch strategies, grazing management, and wildlife habitat on the meadow. Learn about how ranchers, conservationists, land managers, agencies, and others are working together to improve land health for birds and people.
From the meadows enjoy stunning views of majestic Lassen peak, visualize the Maidu communities that once populated the landscape, share space with some of the best fly-fishing in the Feather River watershed, keep an eye out for possible sightings of Sandhill Crane, large flocks of Canada Geese, Savannah Sparrow, Western Meadowlarks, and Mountain Bluebirds.
TRIP LEADERS: TIFFANY RUSSEL AND BREANNA OWENS Tiffany Russell is a Partner Biologist with Point Blue and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) helping private landowners plan and implement projects which restore and preserve healthy ecosystems on working lands. Her focus in Northeastern California is supporting Greater Sage Grouse habitat and improving mountain meadow environments. Based out of the NRCS Susanville Field Office in Lassen County, Tiffany works where the Sierra and Cascade conifer forests transition into Great Basin sagebrush and juniper country. She is passionate about learning the cultural and natural history of the area and encouraging the community to sustain it.
Bre Owens is the Rangeland Watershed Initiative Coordinator for Point Blue and works with the Partner Biologists who assist owners and operators of working lands in implementing conservation practices designed to improve landscape function for the benefit of wildlife and ranch sustainability. Bre grew up in Butte County where her family had a cow/calf ranch and opportunities abound to enjoy wide-open, productive ranch and timber lands that support an array of flora and fauna. I attended Chico State, completing a B.S. degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Wildland/Range Science. I am thrilled to be working with a team that recognizes the opportunities created by engaging diverse stakeholders in conservation efforts and that strive each day to realize the mutual goals of birders, ecologists, and ranchers.