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Veterans Day Birding Walk

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Join guide and military veteran George Folsom for a beginning birder walk at Sycamore Island. George will introduce participants to various local and migratory bird species as you explore the San Joaquin. Please bring binoculars and a water bottle and dress appropriately (long pants, closed-toed shoes, hat recommended). This will be a slow moving hike with an emphasis on birding. Participants will travel a distrance of approximately 1-2 miles over 1.5-2.5 hours. There will be lots of stops to listen for bird calls, set up spotting scopes, and allow everyone time to practice their bird identification.

Guide George Folsom has been involved with the River Parkway Trust for 19 years. He is retired from a 40 year career in the air conditioning industry, and has a great love of the outdoors. His main interest is field ornithology, but he also enjoys discussing habitat preservation, river history and restoration, Native American history, and water issues.

We will be meeting at the bait shop at Sycamore Island, located at 39664 Ave 7 1/2 in Madera (near Children's Hospital).To get to Sycamore Island from 41 exit Children's Boulevard. Follow Children's Boulevard until it turns into Ave 9, then turn left on Rd 40. Road 40 will curve sharply and become Ave 7 1/2. The 3rd driveway on your left will be Sycamore Island. A map with directions can be found here. Please follow the written instructions rather than using a mapping App, as some Apps will take you to the wrong address.

Children 12+ welcome. No dogs, please. For more information contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;or (559) 248-8480 ext. 104.


Location : Sycamore Island - 39664 Ave 7 1/2
Contact : Molly Schnur-Salimbene; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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