Field Trip: Riparian Woodlands
Nestled at the base of the Sierra foothills, where Dry Creek meets the Yuba River, Hammon Grove Park affords visitors the opportunity to experience the essence of the Yuba County foothills and its natural splendor. A one-mile trail follows the circumference of the park through majestic oaks, California sycamores, and towering pines. Along the trail, we’ll see a wonderful diversity of birds that reside in this habitat, trail we’ll walk is easy and wide, however, there may be a few uneven sections so wear sturdy shoes.
Field Trip Leaders
John Nicoletti: Local resident since 1968. Married to Maggie Nicoletti, 6 children, 22 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. A restaurant man for most of his life. With a heavy emphasis on Community Service. John has spent years as a County Supervisor, a Director on the Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors and has participated in several committees, commissions, and Faith membership activities. Currently Employed as a Habitat for Humanity Yuba Sutter, Public Relations Officer, a Senior Field Representative for Congressman Garamendi and a Foodservice Instructor at Yuba Community College.
Special note about the field trip
A special note about Field Trips Please arrive at the location indicated 30 minutes prior to your scheduled event. This will allow us time to check you in and ensure the trip leaves promptly. We ask that you follow your field trip leader from the meeting location to the final destination. Anyone arriving after the field trip leader has left may not be able to join the group. Most field trips will be limited to the first 20 reservations. Walk-in registration may be available for some events during the weekend of the Festival. Weather may change a trip's itinerary, but most trips will be conducted rain or shine. Bring your binoculars, water and a sack lunch.
Tips & Etiquette for bird watchers
To make your trip more enjoyable for yourself and others, we ask you to please use these following etiquette tips:
- Wear clothing suitable for the weather and area you'll be hiking in. It's practical to layer clothing to accommodate fluctuations in temperature. Wear comfortable shoes that have a good grip and are waterproof when necessary. You may want to take sunscreen, a hat or rain gear.
- Bring binoculars or a scope for a better viewing experience.
- Bring water on long outings to stay hydrated.
- Bring a Field Guide if you are interested in learning more about the birds you see. If you are a beginning birder, look for a guide that specializes in birds of northern California.
- Be courteous to other explorers. Stay with your group and pay attention to your trip leader. Walk quietly and slowly. Do not disrupt animals or damage their habitats (breaking branches, trampling vegetation). Turn off cell phones or other electronic devices. If you are taking children with you, explain to them proper etiquette before the trip. Always behave in a manner that will enhance the image of the birding communities in the eyes of the public.
- Tune up your senses and listen carefully. Scan the horizon and tree canopies. Look to the ground for prints, feathers and other traces of wildlife. Please remove litter and leave natural items where they belong. This will keep it enjoyable for others when they visit.
- No dogs or pets allowed on any California Swan Festival event, workshop, or program. Please leave Fido with friends or family and not in the car during a field trip.