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  • Jim Gain
    For those of you that plan on attending the Central Valley Bird Symposium, I have just finished making arrangements for a new Friday field trip to the San
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 7, 2005
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      For those of you that plan on attending the Central Valley Bird Symposium, I
      have just finished making arrangements for a new Friday field trip to the
      San Joaquin River NWR. This might not make it into the flyers about the
      conference due to its late addition. Refuge staff will take us into both
      parts of the refuge. The north end includes the winter roosting grounds for
      the Aleutian Cackling Geese as well as several thousand other waterfowl and
      cranes. The south end is a fantastic riparian forest with over 2,700 acres
      of pristine and newly-restored woodlands. This is the area where the Least
      Bell's Vireos nested. If this field trip is of interest to you and you
      already signed up for it, please contact Frances Oliver at
      hummer52@... to let her know. Here's the write-up for the new trip.



      San Joaquin River NWR
      The San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge is located west of
      Modesto, California, within the historic floodplain of the confluences
      of the San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Rivers. Refuge lands
      consist of oak-cottonwood-willow riparian forest, pastures, agricultural
      fields, and wetlands. The refuge has an approved refuge boundary of
      12,877 acres with over 1,900 acres of pristine riparian woodlands
      and 800 acres of newly-restored riparian woodland. It is the primary
      wintering site of 98 percent of the Aleutian Canada geese that winter in
      the Valley (October - April), plus it is a major wintering/migration
      area for lesser and greater sandhill cranes, Cackling geese, and
      white-fronted geese. The refuge's riparian forest provides important
      migration and breeding habitat for neotropical migratory land birds with
      the most recent celebrity, Least Bell's Vireo.
      We should expect to get close to 100 species on this trip. Meet at 6:15
      at the Radisson in Stockton or at 7:00 A.M. at the observation tower at
      the west end of Beckwith Rd. (From Hwy 99 in NW Modesto, take Beckwith
      Rd. west about 9 miles) Driving time is about 45 minutes from Stockton.
      (3/C)





      Jim Gain

      Modesto



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