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Land trust offers two treks focusing on birds

Bear Yuba Land Trust will offer two treks in the coming week that focus on birds.

Wednesday, the organization will host an Armchair Trek: Bird Book Bash with Ted Beedy.

California-recognized local bird expert and author, Beedy will give a slideshow presentation about birds from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library. Beedy is the co-author of the new book: “Birds of the Sierra Nevada, Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution.” Co-author Ed Pandolfino and illustrator Keith Hansen collaborated with Beedy on the book from University of California Press.

Edward C. (Ted) Beedy, Ph.D., is a wildlife biologist and ornithologist with more than 25 years of experience studying California wildlife species and their habitats. He studied birds of the Yosemite region for his doctoral dissertation in zoology at U.C. Davis.

He authored articles on Sierra birds, co-authored the bird chapter of “California Wildlife and their Habitats: Western Sierra Nevada” for the U.S. Forest Service, and was a co-author for the California Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Habitat Relationships project.

The book presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region.

Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, “Birds of the Sierra Nevada” also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts and more than 160 rare species.

Books will be available for purchase and autographing at the event. There is a $10 suggested donation for those who attend.

From 8:30-10:30 a.m., July 20, the BYLT will host The Art of Falconry in the Browns Valley area. This customized class for the Bear Yuba Land Trust offers attendees the chance to spend the morning learning about the ancient art of falconry.

The class will be held at West Coast Falconry, California’s only U.S. Fish and Wildlife licensed falconry education center.

Participants will meet falcons, hawks and owls and learn about the unique role each plays in the environment and their use in falconry. In addition, people can choose to glove up and learn how to hold, call to the glove and work with one of the trained hawks.

The cost is $70 for BYLT members and $75 for not-yet-members (no treks passes accepted). Fees support both BYLT and West Coast Falconry. Space is limited.

For more information or to register for either trek, visit www.BearYubaLandTrust.org or contact Melony Vance at 530-272-5994, ext. 200, melony@bylt.org.


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