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Winter Wetland Birdwatching, Gray Lodge

2 reviewsYuba City, United States

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Experience hosted by Ellen

5.5 hours
Includes food
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

On our all-day adventure, we'll explore one of the great winter wetland areas in Northern California, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. First, we'll explore the check-in location, bird there and view the wildlife exhibit. Next, we'll walk several of the paths through the wetlands and riparian areas and take some time at the boardwalk viewing platform, where there are thousands of birds to see. We'll take a break for some delicious food for lunch and then, we'll meander our way through the auto-loop, taking our time to stop and see all the birds and other wildlife that may reveal themselves. It's wonderful to see the afternoon sunlight on the water and the birds. There will be skeins of waterfowl in the sky at times, and plenty of them swimming or walking around and they are easy to see. We'll see many species of ducks (wigeon, shovelers, teal, pintail), grebes, geese, swans, herons, egrets, kingfishers, and hawks. I've lucked out with American Bittern, Green Heron, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eared Grebe, and Sandhill Cranes. Lots of winter passerines with Yellow-rumped Warblers, woodpeckers, possible Golden Eagles, and much more! Cost covers lunch and entry fee to the wildlife area.
On our all-day adventure, we'll explore one of the great winter wetland areas in Northern California, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. First, we'll explore the check-in location, bird there and view the wildlife exhibit. Next, we'll walk several of the paths through the wetlands and riparian areas and take some time at the boardwalk viewing platform, where there are thousands of birds to see. We'll take a break for some delicious food for lunch and the…

What's included

  • Food
    Lunch will consist of sandwiches or a mix of cheese, salami, crackers, frui...
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Meet your host, Ellen

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I've been a bird guide and biologist in many places: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, etc. I've helped citizen science programs, like Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Bird Counts, done wildlife population studies and nest monitoring. I’ve traveled around the world for birdwatching (Tanzania, Uganda, Borneo, Belize, Costa Rica, China, Spain, Australia, Bonaire, not to mention most of the U.S. and offshore pelagics). I'm very passionate about conservation and ecology, which includes my profession, and love sharing my specialized knowledge with adults and youths. Other birdwatching experiences I host are: Cosumnes River Preserve (http://bit.ly/2KFgVq2) and Putah Creek/Yolo Bypass (http://bit.ly/2Zg3chu)
I've been a bird guide and biologist in many places: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, etc. I've helped citizen science programs, like Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Bird Counts, done wildlife population studies and nest monitoring. I’ve traveled around the world for birdwatching (Tanzania, Uganda, Borneo, Belize, Costa Rica, China, Spain, Australia, Bonaire, not to mention most of the U.S. and offshore pelagics). I'm very passionate about conservation and ecology, which includes my…
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Where you'll be

The Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is managed by the California Department of Wildlife. You can find a link to it here: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/gray-lodge-wa. It's a wonderful spot where waterfowl and grassland birds from the Pacific Flyway congregate in huge numbers each winter. Peak viewing times are December and January, before the birds start to fly north again.

2 reviews

Dorleen
January 2020
Our day of bird watching at Gray Lodge was a great learning experience in waterfowl identification. We have ventured out to the Pacific Flyway on our own in past seasons though usually end the day a bit frustrated at our inability to identify many of the birds we encountered. Having Ellen's expertise and guidance in naming the many birds we saw made the day much more enjoyable and entertaining. Ellen's passion for wildlife and her skill at imparting information was contagious. We would definitely book another experience with her.
Our day of bird watching at Gray Lodge was a great learning experience in waterfowl identification. We have ventured out to the Pacific Flyway on our own in past seasons though us…
Kyriakoula And David
December 2019
Host was smart and easy to share information and experience Wildlife refuge was easy to walk with added feature of auto tour loop. Ellen navigated some pretty large flocks of various birds and pointed out the rare and colorful Very safe and cozy ride along Trailblazer who increased my ability to motivate my family to go back and check it out
Host was smart and easy to share information and experience Wildlife refuge was easy to walk with added feature of auto tour loop. Ellen navigated some pretty large flocks of vario…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

More tips

This will not be strenuous, but come prepared to walk on dirt trails. I will have bird ID books. Don't forget binoculars!

What to bring

Binoculars

Warm clothes (warm jacket, gloves, hat)