Activity level 5. Participants must be at least 16 years old (youth 16-17 must be accompanied by an adult) and be able to paddle a kayak at least 700 meters across open water (one way). Roundtrip is approximately 2 miles of paddling.
DESCRIPTION: This is a kayaking trip and kayaks will be provided. We will travel across the upper north lobe of Lake Almanor with views of Mt. Lassen before traveling down the western shoreline towards the mouth of the Feather River and then returning to the North Shore campground. The most diverse assemblage of wildlife on Lake Almanor can be found in the shallow waters of our trip. Accessing this area on kayaks will allow us to get much closer to wildlife than we would be able to on foot. While keeping our distance, participants will have the chance to view Western and Clark's Grebes on nests and observe the frenetic behavior of an active nesting colony. August is prime time for viewing many other water birds on this part of the lake including: American White Pelicans, White-faced Ibis, Double-crested Cormorants, shorebirds, terns, gulls, seven species of waterfowl, and often eagles and falcons.
TRIP LEADER: DAVID HAMILTON David Hamilton grew up in Northern California, throughout Humboldt, Lassen, and Plumas counties and graduated from Quincy High School and Feather River College before earning a BS in Wildlife from Humboldt State University. He worked in Tahoe National Forest before returning to Quincy and working with Plumas Audubon Society for two seasons on the Flammulated Owl and the Grebe projects in their early development. He now works US Forest Service as Wildlife Crew Leader out of the Mount Hough Ranger District. David enjoys hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, canoeing, photography, working around the house-- anything that gets the family outdoors. He and his wife, Aimee, their two daughters, Azalea and Dezlyn, and two black labs love living in Quincy where the water is clean, nature is so close, and the adventures abound.
*To reserve a double kayak for this trip or want to bring your own kayak, please contact Jill Slocum, Grebe Festival Registration Chair, at 530-414-9033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.