Nature Hikes at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-20-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Jeff Mott
Big Chico Creek
Ecological Reserve
530-898-5010

Wildflower season nature hikes are being planned for April and May at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. The hikes are free and open to the public.

Hikers will discover many wildflowers native to California, learn about local ecology and explore the reserve.

Naturalists Nancy Hawley and Jeremy Miller will lead four walks in April. Biologist Paul Maslin will lead an all-day, "Walk on the Wild Side," on May 6. Maslin was instrumental in the creation of a new nature trail at the reserve and an accompanying online guide.

The first walk is on Sunday, April 8. Participants should meet Hawley and Miller at the East Park and Ride (at the intersection of Highway 32 and Highway 99) at 9 a.m. to depart together to the BCCER. The walk will end at 11 a.m., but participants are free to stay longer.

Additional walks with Hawley and Miller will be on Saturday, April 14; Sunday April 22; and Saturday, April 28. All walks begin at 9 a.m. at the Park and Ride.

The all-day hike on Sunday, May 6, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Park and Ride and end at 4 p.m. Hikers should bring lunch and water. For more information and to sign up for the all-day hike, call Jeff Mott, director of the reserve, at 530-898-5010 or e-mail him at jmott@csuchico.edu.

Walks will be canceled if it is raining.

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