Bring comfortable shoes for walking, sun protection, water, snacks, binoculars.
Activity level 2.
DESCRIPTION Join Paul for a walk along the Chester Railroad Grade trail bordering the town of Chester and ending at the Olsen Barn. This bird walk is on mostly flat ground and is bordered by riparian vegetation that is prime for wildlife viewing. TRIP LEADER: PAUL HARDY Paul Hardy founded the Feather River Land Trust in 1999, where he served as Executive Director for 17 years. His 30+ years of conservation, land management, and non-profit experience includes working as an avian scientist for the University of Arizona for 3 years, a wildlife biologist on the Plumas National Forest for 5 years, co-creating the Sierra-Cascade Land Trust Council and Northern Sierra Partnership, and serving on the boards of the California Council of Land Trusts and Plumas Audubon Society.
Paul was born beside the Middle Fork Feather River at the Western Pacific Railroad Hospital in Portola, where he grew up, graduating from Portola High School in 1988. He and his brother, Mark, were lucky to have parents (Richard and Becky Hardy) who took them fishing, hunting, hiking, wildlife watching, and camping throughout the Feather River Watershed and western U.S. After obtaining degrees in wildlife biology from the Universities of California and Arizona, Paul moved back to the Feather River region in 1998 to help start FRLT. Paul recently launched Hardy Conservation and the Center for Conservation Renewal; however, his primary job and joy is supporting his teenage kids, Emmalyn and Andrew, in Quincy, California with lots of help from friends and family.