19. BIRDING THE NORTH FORK FEATHER RIVER RIPARIAN CORRIDOR (#1)
$20. Limited to 15 participants.
Meet at 9:30 AM at the Olsen Barn Meadow.
Activity level 2. Walking about 1 mile round trip on uneven ground, small hills, occasional rocks, lumpy meadowland.
DESCRIPTION: This exciting one-mile round-trip birding walk begins on an old railroad bed and follows a small creek with riparian habitat on both sides of the trail. Then we follow the North Fork of the Feather River to the mouth with views of Lake Almanor. Riparian and meadow habitat, river, lake and mudflats will provide ample opportunities for viewing many species of birds. Target birds include Osprey, Tree and Bank Swallows, Yellow, Orange-crowned, and Audubon’s Warblers, and Warbling Vireos, Cassin’s Finch, and Kingfisher. Bald Eagles, Greater Sandhill Cranes, and White Pelicans could fly over at any time. Western Tanagers, Mountain Bluebirds and Rufous Hummingbirds are summer migrants that may be seen. The estuary is the ideal place to spot migrating shorebirds. Year-round birds include Brown Creeper, Pygmy Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker.
TRIP LEADER: KELBY GARDINER Kelby has been a resident of Plumas county for 15 years, all the while working as a Hydrologist and enjoying our incredible Sierra/Cascade landscape. Hobbies like hunting, fishing, and foraging are usually accompanied by a pair of binoculars to aid in bird identification along the way. He is a founding member of the Plumas Underburn Cooperative and is a proponent for continued efforts by this Audubon chapter to create and maintain defensible space for our wildlife and human communities ever-threatened by wildfire.