CSU, Chico News

Hikes at the Ecological Reserve Will Begin in Late March

Date: 02-28-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Jeff Mott, director
Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

The 2011 spring series of hikes at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve will begin on Saturday, March 26. Ten hikes through June 3 will cover such things as the natural history of the BCCER, nature photography, bird banding and recognizing bird songs.

All hikes begin at the Chico Park and Ride at 9 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. Sturdy hiking shoes and a sack lunch are essential. The trips happen rain or shine, so come prepared if there is a chance of rain.

The hikes are limited to 15 people, so it is important to sign up by calling 530-898-5010. You can visit the BCCER website at www.csuchico.edu/bccer/ for more information.

The hikes are rated easy, moderate and difficult. Easy hikes are half-day trips, following the gentler contours of the canyon and its safest routes. The goal is to take time to enjoy the springtime color of flowers and presence of wildlife.

Moderate hikes are also half-day trips. Hikers descend into the canyon on dirt roads and primitive hiking trails, and they conclude with lunch beside Big Chico Creek.

Difficult hikes are full-day trips that provide access to the most remote areas of the BCCER. Leaders say that there are hidden treasures to be seen that few are able to experience.

March and April Hikes

Saturday, March 26
Professor Emeritus Paul Maslin, Natural History of the BCCER (difficult)

Sunday, April 3
Professor Jadea White, Natural History/Nature Photography (moderate)

Saturday, April 9
Professor Emeritus Paul Maslin, Natural History of the BCCER (difficult with steep trail hiking)

Sunday, April 17
Dawn Garcia, BCCER Bird Banding (easy, with a maximum of 10 participants)

Saturday, April 23
Dawn Garcia, Butte Creek Ecological Preserve Bird Banding (Easy, with a maximum of 10 participants)

May and June hikes can be found at www.csuchico.edu/bccer/.