2012 Spring Hikes at BCCER

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March 17,  Saturday
Wildflowers, Geology, and Natural History (strenuous)
Dr. Paul Maslin
Dr. Maslin has spent the last twelve years learning, understanding, preserving and restoring the 4,000 acre Reserve and has an intimate familiarity with its natural history. Join him for an insightful exploration of the property. This hike is several miles on trails but over some rough terrain.  Hikers should be in good physical condition.

March 25, Sunday
Orienteering: Finding your place in the BCCER (strenuous)
Mike Dent
Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain. Mike will use orienteering as the basis for familiarizing participants with the BCCER and its natural history.

March 31, Saturday
Outdoor Survival Skills 1 (moderate)
Scott Grist
Join Scott Grist for a day of learning ancient wilderness survival techniques as used by the Native Americans of this area. We will focus on the bow drill fire starting technique using natural materials found in the area. There will be a fire-making workshop where everyone can get their hands on the materials and take home their own bow drill kit. The workshop will be followed by a plant walk where we will learn the uses of some of our native edible and medicinal plants in the reserve. Scott received a degree in Geology from CSUC and has since been practicing wilderness survival in several different environments across the country.

April 8, Sunday
Flower Identification Hike (moderate)
Robert Fischer
This hike is meant for the wildflower enthusiast of any skill level.  Our goal is to learn a few new foothill plants, take photos, share any knowledge we have on the characteristics that separate our local species, and learn their common or Latin names. We will develop a sharper eye for plants, large and small, and a few of the details that separate them from each other. For further details, such as the on-site meeting spot, call Robert Fischer 343-3620 or write to rdfischer@comcast.net. Bring your favorite identification book and a hand lens if you have one.

April 14, Saturday
Wildflowers, Geology, and Natural History (strenuous)
Dr. Paul Maslin
Dr. Maslin has spent the last twelve years learning, understanding, preserving and restoring the 4,000 acre Reserve and has an intimate familiarity with it’s natural history. Join him for an insightful exploration of the property. This hike is several miles on trails but over some rough terrain.  Hikers should be in good physical condition.

April 22, Sunday
Spring Bird I.D. (moderate)
Dawn Garcia
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Join master bird banding expert and Altacal Audubon Society’s Conservation Chair Dawn Garcia on a bird identification walk through the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. Expect to see early arriving migrants like black-headed grosbeak, warbling vireo, Bullock’s oriole and yellow warbler.  We’ll meet at the Chico Park-n-Ride (east lot) at 8:30 am and have you back to your vehicle at 12:30 (app.)

April 28, Saturday
Identifying Spring Bird Song (moderate)
Scott Huber
7:00 am – 12:30 pm
Learning to identify bird song will increase your ability to detect the presence of many bird species and greatly enhance your enjoyment of time spent in the outdoors. Scott Huber has led numerous workshops and field trips on western bird song identification, and in addition to pointing out songs, calls and the species they belong to, he will share tips and clues to audio identification. Bring your binoculars – you’ll want to match the visual field marks of the birds you see to their songs! Meet at the Chico Park-n-Ride (east lot) at 7:00 am and be back to your vehicle at 12:30 (app.).

May 5, Saturday
Outdoor Survival Skills 2 (moderate)
Scott Grist
Join Scott Grist for a day of learning ancient wilderness survival techniques as used by the Native Americans of this area. Tracking will be one of the topics covered on this outing, and we will look for animal tracks and scat in order to determine such things as: species, direction traveled, how long ago the tracks were made, gender, age, diet and even the health of the animal. Other topics may include shelter-building, fire-making and edible plants. Scott received a degree in Geology from CSUC and has since been practicing wilderness survival in several different environments across the country.

May 19, Saturday
Soils, Landforms and Vegetation of the BCCER (moderate)
Andrew Conlin, Soil Scientist, Natural Resource Conservation Service
The best way to understand why things live and grow where they do is to understand the soils and landforms beneath them. Andrew Conlin has spent the last 20 years conducting soil surveys of areas including Butte County and Lassen Volcanic National Park and has created the soil map covering the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. Join us to gain a ‘deeper’ understanding of how what you see relates to what’s beneath your feet.

Friday,  June 1
BCCER and BCEP Annual Butterfly Survey (moderate)
Dr. Don Miller
Join the fifth annual butterfly survey on Friday, June 1. This event is part of the North American Butterfly Association’s national efforts to collect population trend data. Local expert entomologist Don Miller will lead the trip on the BCCER, and Don Hankins, geological sciences, will coordinate the trip on the BCEP.

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Strenuous hikes are full day trips, allowing groups to access the most remote areas of the BCCER and discover the hidden treasures few are able to experience.

Moderate hikes are half day trips, descending into the Canyon on dirt roads and primitive hiking trails concluding with lunch beside Big Chico Creek.  Those up for the challenge can hike back to the top after lunch; others may opt for a shuttle ride.

Easy hikes are half day trips, following the gentler contours of the canyon and walk the safest routes of the Reserve, taking time to enjoy the spring time magic.

Meeting Time/Place: All outings will meet at the Chico Park and Ride (eastern-most lot) at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated.

Wear/Bring: Everyone should wear sturdy hiking shoes with lugged soles, long-pants, consider a hat or sun-screen and bring a sack lunch and water to enjoy along the hike. Binoculars are helpful on most hikes.  Trips are rain or shine, so come prepared!

Maximum of 15 people per hike unless otherwise indicated.  Trips are free to the public but charitable donations are gladly accepted. For more information and to sign up call our office at (530) 898-5010. Visit us on our web site at www.csuchico.edu/bccer/