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Northern California District
Release Date: 04/15/11
Contacts: Rachel Sowards-Thompson , 707-986-5411  
  Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-11-42

Birding, Tidepool Walks will Kick Off King Range Summer Hike Series

Songbirds and tidepool life will be featured in free guided outings in the King Range National Conservation Area on Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, May 21.

On May 7, Kyle Keegan, an expert on migratory songbirds, will lead a hike from the Hidden Valley Trailhead on Chemise Mountain Road beginning at 8 a.m.  Participants will learn how to identify songbirds that migrate each year from Latin America to the King Range.   Hikers should bring binoculars, bird identification guides, water and lunch.

Keegan is a nature recordist who contributes to Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology and Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.  He has a background in wildlife biology and stream and forest restoration.

On May 21, hikers can learn about the fascinating life within the North Coast’s tidepools when BLM Interpretive Specialist Rachel Sowards-Thompson leads a walk starting at 8:30 a.m. at Mal Coombs Park in Shelter Cove.

“Tide pools support life that exists nowhere else,” Sowards-Thompson explained.  “The plants and animals can survive crashing waves and drying sun in an environment that changes daily with the tides.”

Walk participants should wear sneakers or other shoes that can get wet and dress for coastal conditions.

For more information, call the King Range Project Office, (707) 986-5415 or email


Northern California District   355 Hemsted Drive      Redding, CA 96002  

Last updated: 04-15-2011