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November Birding Hike: end of fall migration
November 25 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 amFree
Nearly three out of four species of birds spread their wings and fly away to different climes when autumn arrives and days turn colder. This month marks the end of the great fall migration. Here in Northern California, the flooded rice fields of the Central Valley and surrounding farm fields fill with ducks, geese, and other waterfowl that have left the Arctic or other northern locales to winter in our warmer climate. Many waterfowl stop in the waters around China Camp on their way to wintering grounds. We will look for them and other species on this month’s birding hike.
All levels of birding ability are welcome. We’ll review how to use bird guides, checklists, and binoculars, and we’ll go over the keys ways to identify birds in the field. This month, we’ll pay special attention to China Camp’s six basic habitats. Though more than 850 species of birds live in North America, only some 15 species live in each specific habitat—a great bit of information when trying to narrow down what species you’re seeing in the field.
Event may be canceled due to rain or high winds. Dress in layers for changeable weather. Registration is required.
Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: Turtle Back parking area
Difficulty: Easy, 1.5-mile walk
Ages: 12 and up with parent or responsible adult
Cost: Free (donations appreciated)
Photo: Bewick’s wren by Jerry Coe