McCarran Ranch Field Trip 6/4/2021
Field Trip capacity is limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required.
Leader: Jeff Bleam
Date: Friday, June 4th
Time: 7:30 - ~11:00 AM
Location: Take Hwy 80 Exit 28 to Waltham Way then right onto Wild Horse Canyon Rd. Right after the Northern Nevada Laborers Training Center turn right to the trailhead.
Description: This field trip will be a 4-5 mile easy to medium walk on an uneven dirt path. McCarran Ranch is a Nature Conservancy property that runs along the Truckee River. We should see Wrens, Buntings, Flycatchers, Warblers, Sparrows, Jays, Eagles, Swallows, and Nuthatches. On the river there is a good chance to see Ducks and Mergansers.
About Your Leader:
Where Nature Is Art
As a nature conservation advocate, I believe that we need to proactively work to conserve species diversification by preserving their natural habitat. I moved to California in 1988 to go back for my second degree in Engineering. My work focused on designing and developing medical devices for startup companies in the SF Bay Area. My interest in birds and nature photography took off when I moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1996. Birding became an obsession when I found ebird.org in 2005. After birding on my own for a number of years, my bird life list plateaued. Joining the Santa Cruz Bird Club really advanced my birding knowledge and skills. One of the SCBC members led walks almost every Friday and was very patient and readily shared his knowledge of birds with everyone. I learned so much from the SCBC walks and I wanted to give back. That is why I started leading walks for the Lahontan Audubon Society. Also, as an avid nature photographer mainly interested in birds, I enjoy sharing my photographic experience with anyone wanting help in improving their photography skills. All are welcomed on the walks.