$30. Limited to 13 participant boats (option to bring your own boat*).
Meet at 12:30 PM at this location, look for the signs, right off of Hwy 36 east of Chester just before the causeway.
Must bring WATER and SUN PROTECTION
Activity level 5. Participants under the age of 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 causeway. 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: RYAN THONI Ryan Thoni is a biologist and educator. He completed his PhD in evolutionary biology and ecology from Saint Louis University in 2017, where he studied the biodiversity and evolution of Himalayan fish fauna. He has since returned to Plumas County to continue his passion for natural sciences and teaching. He was an associate faculty of the department of Environmental Studies at Feather River College, where he taught classes on wildlife diversity, field techniques, and environmental science. Additionally, Thoni maintains active research projects in the mountains of Asia from Tajikistan to Bhutan. Despite his specialty in ichthyology, Thoni has worked on numerous projects spanning multiple fields of biology including fire ecology, botanical surveys, bird banding, carnivore trapping, various migratory waterfowl projects, freshwater mussel surveys and more. In his free time, he enjoys mushroom foraging, fishing, juggling, and hunting.
Ryan joined Plumas Audubon in the Spring of 2020 as Project Manager and prior to becoming a staff member had been a long-standing member of the Board of Directors. In 2022, Ryan accepted the Executive Director position.
*To bring your own kayak, please contact Liz Ramsey at 530 616 8670 or firstname.lastname@example.org