News Release

For Release:  March 26, 2007             
Contact:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or Anastasia Lytle (530) 224-2180
CA-N-06-38

BLM, Horsetown Clear Crrek Preserve Offer Free Outings

Topics ranging from bird watching to stream-bottom bugs will highlight a series of free outdoor walks to be offered this spring by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (HCCP).
 
“These are great outings for the whole family,” said Bill Kuntz, an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM’s Redding Field Office.  “They offer opportunities to learn about our natural surroundings from leading nature experts.”
 
The offerings include:

“Clear Creek Wildflowers and Plants,” Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m.:  Plant ecologist Craig Marz of the California Department of Fish and Game will lead participants on a stimulating country walk through the beauty of blooming wildflowers. 

“Bridge Dedication and Project Updates,” Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m.:  Organizations working on Lower Clear Creek restoration projects invite everyone to help celebrate completion of a new footbridge and learn about plans for using a $1.2 million California Parkways grant to continue restoration and improvement projects.

“Acorns: A Native American Staple,” Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.:  Ted Dawson, a member of the Wintu Tribe, will show participants how to grind acorns with a mortar and pestle to create great-tasting acorn soup.  Many people know that acorns were a staple food for California’s Native Americans, but a cure for poison oak?  Bring the family to learn more.

“Early Bird Watchers,” Saturday, May 12, 8:30 a.m.:  Local expert Barbara Peck and members of the Wintu Chapter of the Audubon Society will help participants discover birds and fascinating facts about them.  Bring binoculars.

Participants for the above events will meet at the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve parking area on Clear Creek Road, about seven miles west of Highway 273, just west of the Clear Creek bridge.

Additional upcoming outings include:

“Geology,” Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.:  National Park Service Geologist Brian Rasmussen will lead an easy two-mile stroll while revealing facts about the “rocky” history of the area.   Participants will meet at the parking area on the south side of Clear Creek Road, about six miles west of Highway 273.

“Bugs on the Bottom,” Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m.:  This look at stream-bottom ecology in Clear Creek will be led by Dr. Morgan Hannaford, Ph.D., of Shasta College.  Participants can wade with him or watch from shore as he collects fascinating insects from their underwater homes.  Dr. Hannaford loves teaching all ages, so this is a great family event.  Participants will meet at the orange pipe gate on Clear Creek Road about seven miles west of Highway 273, just west of the Clear Creek Bridge.

“Songbird Banding,” Sunday, June 10, 7:30 a.m.:  Biologists from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory invite guests along when they mist-net and band songbirds in the Clear Creek watershed.  Participants will watch the biologists banding, measuring and weighing the songbirds before safety releasing them.  Participants will meet at the parking area on the south side of Clear Creek Road, about six miles west of Highway 273.

Information on all of these outings is available by calling the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2100.

-BLM-

Redding Field Office     355 Hemsted Drive     Redding, CA  96002