Grebe Festival at Lake Almanor
Lake Almanor is the place to be August 24-26 as we join Plumas Audubon Society celebrate the extraordinary “dancing” grebes for the third annual Grebe Festival. Western and Clark’s Grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis and A. clarkii) nest on Lake Almanor which is considered an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and which has grown in its importance as a breeding site for these grebes in recent years especially when drought has caused loss of nesting habitat elsewhere. Late August is a great time to view the grebes as they are still nesting on the lake in colonies, racing across the water in their incredible “rushing” displays, and when babies are hatching and climbing aboard their parents’ backs.
On Saturday August 25th from 7:30am to 2:30pm FRLT Executive Director Shelton Douthit will co-lead a Tour of Ancestral Lands of the Mountain Maidu at Tasmam Koyom (Humbug Valley) with Kenneth Holbrook of the Maidu Summit Consortium. From 7:00pm to 9:30pm Shelton will also take part in Upper Feather River Region Conservation Presentations with other local speakers. Registration required for both of these activites.
On Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th FRLT staff will be at Olsen Barn Meadow from 10:00am-1:00pm offering self-guided tours and an informal information station to learn about the property (no registration necessary). Please park in off Highway 36 (also Main Street) in the dirt and grass parking area and walk across the meadow to the barn. The meadow is closed to motorized traffic and we ask that you respect our neighbors' private property.
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Photo of Western Grebes at Lake Almanor by Mark Watson from the Audubon California website.