The Grebe Festival at Lake Almanor, August 18-20

The second annual Grebe Festival presented by Plumas Audubon is right around the corner. You are invited to the multi-day celebration of the flora and fauna of Lake Almanor. Sign up for a tour today!

Western Grebes: photo credit--the internet.
The Grebe Festival offers kayak tours, pontoon boat rides, talks, movies, fieldtrips, kids activites, and more to celebrate the biodiversity of our region, especially the charismatic Grebe--a fresh water diving bird that is known for its dramatic courtship display. The festival offers something for everyone and many of the events are free.

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.

Learn more and register today. 

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.

Learn more and register today. 

Yellow Creek in Humbug Valley. Photo by Bud Turner.


Plumas Audubon Society
Saturday, August 19, 2017