In May 2016, The Northern California Regional Land Trust (The Land Trust) launched its first-ever field trip series. The hikes begin with a snack and coffee accompanied by a brief overview of The Land Trust and our work. Then the adventure begins! If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in our events, supporting our work, or finding out more about The Land Trust, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Future events are coming stay tuned!
Intro to Wetlands & Water Management Field Trip!
On Friday, September 30th, The Land Trust staff and participants met for coffee and bagels at the Comanche Creek Greenway. We proceeded to the historic Rancho Llano Seco and were given an introduction to wetland habitat and water management by agency biologist Joe Silveira of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. We later carpooled to the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area, where we met Tim Hermansen of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and were given an overview of the publicly accessible 9,600 acre wildlife area. This was an excellent trip full of educational information that encompassed conservation efforts, natural resources and our prehistoric floodplain, water and land management, and their critical relationship to the waterfowl and other migrating birds of the Pacific Flyway.
Starting off the hike with coffee and bagels, we then enjoyed a beautiful morning of birding, natural history, and all-around fun strolling through the cottonwoods to the mighty Sacramento River. The spring activity is excellent, providing a lot of opportunities to view wildlife on the River and have an all-around great time!
We had a great time meeting everyone over morning coffee and snacks in the pines, before enjoying a lovely hike up the canyon. There was still some good late-season wildflower action, we saw a bit of “post-fledging” juvenile birds, and got an excellent overview of the fish-passage improvements being installed along Deer Creek to improve spawning access for salmon and steelhead! A few folks beat the late-morning heat with a quick dip in the creek during our lunch stop. We truly had a fun, diverse, and engaging group and we’re really looking forward to our next adventure!
Thanks to everyone who came out. We hope to see you at our next hike in September 2016 (stay tuned). We encourage other interested folks to join us!