FRLT at the Grebe Festival
The Grebe Festival at Lake Almanor, August 18-20
Your local Land Trust is proud to be a sponsor of the Grebe Festival and will be hosting two tours, and an open house (barn) at the Olsen Barn Meadow for you to enjoy.
Olsen Barn and Meadow Walk--Saturday, August 19 at 9am.
Meander through the Olsen Barn Meadow, part of the Lake Almanor Important Bird Area (IBA) with enthusiastic and knowledgeable birders Scott and Amber Edwards. This trip features riparian and meadow habitats along the North Fork of the Feather River. Species commonly observed in the area include Greater Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon. The tour will traverse the community conserved property and visit the historic Olsen Barn. Mature willow and cottonwood stands offer nesting habitat for endangered Willow Flycatcher, and host one of the highest densities of Yellow Warblers in the Sierra Nevada. The walk will provide participants with an opportunity to view an active grebe nesting colony from a respectful distance.
Humbug Valley Tour of Ancestral Lands of the Mountain Maidu--Saturday, August 19 at 7:30am
Join Ken Holbrook of the Maidu Summit Consortium, and Shelton Douthit of the Feather River Land Trust for a tour of the magnificent Humbug Valley--the ancestral lands of the Mountain Maidu, which has recently changed ownership from Pacific Gas and Electric to the Maidu Summit Consortium. This historic land transaction means that Maidu people can practice old traditions, enjoy ceremonial gatherings, and sponsor educational programs. Take the driving and walking tour to explore this little known gem of a valley with two leaders in the field of land conservation.
Yellow Creek in Humbug Valley. Photo by Bud Turner.