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Chico State Ecological Reserves – Where Education Meets the Land with Jon Aull
February 17 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Little known natural treasures of the Chico area, the reserves are set aside for research, education, and wildlife habitat, and are also open to the public for nature observation. The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is 3,950 acres of canyonland just upstream of Bidwell Park, with a varied topography and elevation that gives rise to a great variety of habitats for plant and animal species including bears, mountain lions, 117 recorded species of birds, and more. Research includes Northern Saw-whet Owl banding, camera trapping for large mammals, acoustic bat monitoring, and butterfly surveys. Dual management goals of wildfire mitigation and habitat improvement are achieved through the use of prescribed fire. The Butte Creek Ecological Preserve is 93 acres on Butte Creek, habitat for the largest remaining population of threatened Central Valley Spring Run Chinook Salmon. It is recovering from being consumed by the Camp Fire and is a great example of the resilience of the foothills to wildfire.
Jon Aull has been Outdoor Education Coordinator for K-12, university, and public programs for the past 5 years, and will share his pictures and experiences of these reserves and reveal some of their rarely seen gems. Find the Reserves on Facebook as Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, and on Instagram as csuc_reserves. Jon Aull received his master’s degree studying parks and natural resources in the recreation department at Chico State. He is the education coordinator for the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve.