When: Saturday, April 21, 7:45 am – noon
Where: Black Swan Preserve
Difficulty: Moderate two-mile loop trail
Cost: $20 Members, $25 Not-Yet-Member
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and celebrated Ornithologist Ted Beedy as we explore the birds of Black Swan Preserve. A landscape once shaped by mining’s legacy is now home to a rich variety of wildlife and birds. Ted will give us an introduction into field identification as we walk the two-mile loop trail. We’ll keep our eyes open for early spring migrants, resident pond birds like Kingfishers and Egrets, and raptors soaring overhead.
“It’s a large area of open space with a wide range of habitat,” said Ted.
Ted Beedy is one of the preeminent birders in Northern California (and beyond). A biologist and ornithologist, he has co-authored Discovering Sierra Birds and Birds of the Sierra Nevada. A lifetime love of birding has made him a much sought-after expert. After our excursion, you’ll surely be looking with new eyes at our lovely feathered friends.
Near the confluence of Deer Creek and the Lower Yuba River, Black Swan Preserve is the story of nature reclaimed. Located near the town of Smartsville, off Mooney Flat Road, the preserve on the border of Nevada and Yuba counties abounds with riparian habitat, blue oak-foothill pine woodlands, and groundwater-fed ponds.
Bring water, snacks, and binoculars. Suggested but optional: camera, field journal and writing instrument. Wear layered, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes with good tread. Pouring rain postpones the trip.