Meet at Festival Headquarters (Almanor Rec Center) at 8:00 AM to carpool to Willow Lake.
Bring comfortable shoes for walking, sun protection, water, snacks, binoculars.
Activity level 3. Mostly flat, some log crossing on peat mat.
DESCRIPTION Willow Lake is a Botanical Special Interest Area in Lassen National Forest. We will traverse the fen, a wet meadow with no mineral soil, and highlight plant adaptations to the harsh environment. Willow Lake Fen supports carnivorous plants on the floating peat, and a suite of achlorophyllous plants such as snowplant and orchids in the adjacent dense fir forest. Along the way, we will scout for herbivores and predatory birds and discuss which birds are migrants and year-round residents in the area. TRIP LEADERS: KIRSTEN BOVEE AND KELBY GARDINER
Kirsten Bovee is Assistant Forest Botanist on the Lassen National Forest. She has an M.S. in Plant Biological Sciences, and ten years of experience in botanical resource management in the northern Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Kirsten enjoys public outreach and education, and has led wildflower walks, created field-based sessions for K-12 students on pollinators and plant adaptations, taught a Master Gardener class on native plant gardening, and helped to establish a Monarch Waystation at Chester Elementary School.
Kelby Gardiner earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences with an option in Watershed Hydrology from CSU Chico. After graduating, he worked with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) monitoring the Salmon lifecycle on the Feather River below Lake Oroville. Kelby moved to Quincy in 2005 and worked on the Plumas National Forest fisheries crew as a seasonal employee until he was hired fulltime as a Hydrologist in 2007. When he is not working, Kelby likes to fish, hunt, play softball, and ski in the backcountry.