Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary
August 18 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
We will get a personal and up-close view of the Fall shorebird migration at the Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, west of Chico. There will be a maximum of 20 spots, so please email us to confirm. Yellow-headed blackbirds, Great-tailed Grackle, plover, rails, yellowlegs, sandpipers, dowitchers, returning waterfowl and possibly some unexpected migrants. The walk is under 2 miles and about 3 hours. This is great for beginner and veteran birders! The walk is flat and pretty easy going. Meet at the Oxidation Pond main office for sign-in at 8 am. This will allow us to beat the heat! We should be back to the lot by 11 am. To get to the Oxidation Ponds, go west on W 5th St from Hwy 32 in Chico. Follow W 5th St, which becomes Chico River Rd, for 3.9 miles. The wildlife viewing parking area is 300 yards past the main entrance to the water treatment plant, on the left. Bring binoculars, spotting scopes, water, walking shoes and proper clothing for the expected weather conditions. There is a chemical toilet on the way out to the viewing area. Rain cancels.