Activity level 1 and 4. Travel on water, walking up and down the docks. Participants must be at least 10 years old (youth 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult).
DESCRIPTION Traveling by pontoon boat on beautiful Lake Almanor with majestic views of Lassen Peak, this trip will take participants to see Western and Clark’s Grebes on their floating nests (from the safe distance of 300 feet). While skimming across the water from a comfortable seat, you will have the opportunity to see many different species of birds. Some of the frequently seen species are Osprey, Bald Eagle, Common Merganser, White Pelican, Bufflehead, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Goldeneye, Eared Grebe, Ring-billed and California Gulls, Red-necked Phalarope, and Forster’s and Common Terns. Rarities including Parasitic Jaeger and Sabine's Gull are often seen as well.
TRIP LEADER: SUZANNE MCDONALD From 1989-1996 Suzanne McDonald was a partner-owner in McDonald Boat Rentals which operated out of Plumas Pines Marina. It was in this job that Suzanne learned to operate boats and to know Lake Almanor very well. While most of the tourists were interested in fishing, she was busy watching the bird life.
Birding has filled the hours, edges, margins, interstices, corners, weekends, vacations, and trips of Suzanne’s lifetime ever since her love of birds began at the age of eight following baby mockingbirds around her neighborhood. Now that she is retired, Suzanne volunteers with Plumas Audubon Society as a Board member because of its many activities that further her love and passion for birds. Suzanne hopes that she can impart some of that joy onto others.