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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3C 11 straight Feather River College soft- ball coach Josh Taylor talks to the team between inpings. The Golden Eagles won four more games on the road last week when they swept Shasta April 15 and Redwoods April 16, giving FRC 11 consecutive wins. The Golden Eagles beat Shasta 9-4 and 14-4, and then continued their road trip to Eureka, where they beat Redwoods 2-0 and 6-3. Photo by Shannon Morrow walc:hing ant1 botany walks for thi;00: season BIRDS OF THE FEATHER PLUMAS AUDUBON SOCIETY With the warmer weather new bird songs can be heard from spring migrants, buds are breaking and flowers are appearing in Plumas County. Your enjoyment of these events could be enhanced by a program of bird-watching and botany walks organized by the Plumas Audubon Society. These walks will provide all who are interested with an op- portunity to see a wide array of birds and flowering plants with guidance from people who have expertise in finding and identifying different species. Put on your walking shoes, bring your binoculars and come and join us. On Saturday, May 5, David Arsenault and Tony Hall will lead a morning bird walk that will explore Spanish Creek from Gansner Park down to the wastewater treatment ponds. The walk will start at the parking area next to the tennis courts in Gansner Park at 7:30 a.m. In Gansner Park, male red- breasted sapsuckers and northern flickers might be heard announcing their ter- ritory by drumming loudly on trees. From the walking bridge across Spanish Creek an American dipper might be seen because a pair already has started nesting under the Highway 70 bridge. There should be several warbler species in the willows along Spanish Creek. California quail and various hawks are often seen at the airport. The wastewater ponds are a spe- cial treat in that about 20 dif- ferent bird species have been seen there in the spring. Spotting scopes will be avail- able to provide a good look at the waterfowl in the ponds. On Saturday, May 12, Ryan Burnett will lead a bird walk that will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Chester High School parking lot at the end of First Street. To carpool from Quin- cy meet at the post office at 6:15 a.m. This will be a several-hour walk; bring a pack with lunch and drinks if you wish to participate in a group pic- nic in the meadow. We will follow the old railroad tracks and cross the bridge over the North Fork Feather River. We will walk along the mead- ow and follow the river as it flows toward Lake Almanor and then walk along the lake shore. Due to the diversity of habitats that will be exam- ined it is possible to see as many as 70 bird species. Pos- sible sightings include sever- al warblers, flycatchers, vire- os, grosbeaks, bald eagles and other rapiers, white peli- cans and various waterfowl and shorebirds. On Saturday, May 19, there will be bird walks, a botany walk, a barbecue and oppor- tunities for canoeing at the Maddalena Ranch corral in Sierra Valley. The corral is located 1-1/2 miles south of Highway 70 on Road A24. The bird walks will be led by David Arsenault, Bob Batta- gin and Colin Dillingham and begin at 8 a.m. There will be an opportunity to use the vieWing platform developed by the Plumas Audubon Soci- ety so bring your spotting scopes. Bill and Nancy Har- nach will lead a mid-morning botany walk. Canoes will be available in the morning for anyone to use. There will be a barbecue at the corral at noon to which everyone is in- vited. A $5 donation for the food would be appreciated and you should bring a chair if you need one. On Saturday, May 26, there will be another opportunity to see the birds of Sierra Val- ley in a car caravan led by Colin DiUingham. This field trip will start with arranging carpooling at the parking area across from the A23/Highway 70 junction at B:15 a.m. To carpool from East Quincy, meet in front of Sav-Mor at 7:30 a.m. Bring lunch and drinks and plan on eating on the road because Colin never stops looking for birds. We expect to find 40 to 50 bird species on this field trip. Possible sight- ings include: yellow-headed blackbirds and cliff swallows nesting near the steel bridge, sandhill cranes, white-faced ibis and many waterfowl in- cluding redhead ducks, cinna- mon teal, willets, American avocets and black-necked stilts and, if we are lucky, black terns. Bring your spotting scopes because some birds may not be close enough for good viewing with binoculars. On Saturday, June 2, there will be a morning bird walk in Spanish Ranch led by Dar'- la DeRuiter and Darrel Jury. The bird walk will begin at 6669 Bucks Lake Road in Meadow Valley at 7:30 a.m. When coming from Quincy, No. 6669 is on the right side, two houses past the Pineleaf intersection. In the first year of this bird walk in 2010, we saw 34 bird species including a pygmy nuthatch, a red- breasted sapsucker, three warbler species, nesting American dippers and a male lazuli bunting. Beginning birders are especially wel- come on this easy walk, which has lovely views of Spanish Peak. On Saturday, June 9, Jim Battagin will lead a morning • botanical excursion that will begin at the Mount Hough Ranger Station visitors' parking lot at 9:30 a.m. where we will arrange carpooling to minimize the number of ve- hicles going on the trip. Jim will share his wealth of knowledge of the many plants (including the famed carnivorous cobra lilies) of Butterfly Valley. His "Flora of Butterfly Valley" is cur- rently being reprinted and should be available for pur- chase for $20 on the walk. You may want to bring binoc- ulars in case a pileated wood- pecker graces the group with an appearance -- last year we saw an angry northern goshawk. On Saturday, July 14, Scott and Amber Edwards will lead a bird and plant walk on the Mill Creek trail along the shore of Bucks Lake. The walk will begin at the Mill Creek trailhead at 8 a.m. When coming from Quincy, the trailhead is on the right side of Bucks Lake Road 0.3 mile past the Whitehorse Campground. Length of the walk is op- tional because we will return on the same trail. Bring a pack with lunch and drinks if you wish to participate in a group picnic on the lake shore. Last year on this bird walk we detected 29 bird species including five war- blers: hermit, MacGilli- vary's, Wilson's, yellow and yellow-rumped. In add!tion, we saw a common sheep moth spreading its wings for the first time, an interesting parasitic pinesap fungus and many wildflowers just start- ing to bloom. • .,CALL A PROFESSIONAL TODAY! HANDYMAN Jim D. 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