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    Peregrine Audubon Leads Field Trip to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area by Kate Marianchild Peregrine Audubon Society will lead a field trip to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2005
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      Peregrine Audubon Leads Field Trip to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

      by Kate Marianchild

      Peregrine Audubon Society will lead a field trip to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in the Central Valley on Saturday, January 22. Gray Lodge, north of the Sutter Buttes, is known for attracting huge concentrations of water birds in January, including several species of large elegant birds, such as Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, and White-faced Ibis. Other birds to be seen are Ring-neck Pheasants, Moorhens, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Blacknecked Stilts, along with many species of ducks and geese. Please see next email for trip info.

      At Gray Lodge one can experience the sheer beauty of big birds, with sunlight shining through their feathers, landing and taking off together - graceful white-winged creatures wheeling and gliding in synchronized flight. Or the awesome sight of smaller birds - ducks and geese - darkening the sky with sheer numbers. Such phenomena used to be common. They are increasingly rare, and may be history to the next generation, due to loss of wetlands and other wild habitat.

      The field trip to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is a special one. It is far and away the best place to view wintering birds in the Sacramento Valley. It will be a long day, but

      according to members of Peregrine Audubon who have made the trip to Gray Lodge year after year, it's worth it!

      by Kate Marianchild

      katem@... 463-0839



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