Meet at 8:30 AM at Festival Headquarters (Almanor Recreation Center).
Activity level 3. About 1 ½ miles on uneven ground, over meadowland and rocks.
DESCRIPTION: Our walk begins in a large meadow on the eastern edge of the town of Chester, part of the Lake Almanor Basin Important Bird Area (IBA), a National Audubon-designated IBA with panoramic views of Lassen Peak, the Caribou Wilderness and the Chester Meadows. We travel through riparian and meadow habitats toward the shoreline of Lake Almanor. These habitats provide us with ample opportunities to view a great diversity of bird life. Species commonly observed in the area include Greater Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon. As we traverse the edge of meadow and riparian forest, we will be in the nesting habitat of endangered Willow Flycatcher, and in an area that has one of the highest densities of Yellow Warbler, a California species of Special Concern. The walk will provide participants with an opportunity to view an active grebe nesting colony from a respectful distance.
Another highlight of this trip will be a tour of the historic Olsen Barn, built circa 1870 by Norwegian immigrant Peter Olsen. For years the barn has been a perennial favorite of Barn Owls, but this spring a pair of Great Horned Owls occupy the barn. This scenic, undeveloped meadow is one of the last remaining pieces of Big Meadow, a place that supported a high density of Native American people prior to western colonization and thus has great cultural significance to the Maidu people. Our trip passes through part of the 107 acres recently conserved by the Feather River Land Trust and the local community for present and future generations to enjoy.
LEADERS: SCOTT AND AMBER EDWARDS Amber and Scott have been birding together for 25 years. They have experienced the seasonal thrill of migration in Plumas County for the 13 years and are the Plumas County Big Year record holders with 250 species. Amber and Scott are excited to share their love of birds with beginners and experts alike!