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WALNUT GROVE, CALIFORNIA

Birding and Ecology in the California Delta by Boat

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Program #16891RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 5, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Ryde Hotel was built in 1927 at the peak of the prohibition era. It was an opulent establishment, complete with beauty salon and barbershop, that served as a riverboat way station. It was also rumored to be a bordello. The lower level was a speakeasy, offering bootleg whiskey and jazz to a clientele in search of a good time. There was even a trap door in the floor that allegedly opened to reveal a tunnel running under the road to a hidden doorway at the river's edge. In later years the Hotel became a boarding house for the men and women who built the Delta levees and pioneered the area's thriving agricultural industry. Over time, the Ryde has experienced many incarnations and owners. The Hotel has resumed its original name and undergone renovation, maintaining the character of the original design while achieving an unique ambiance. Because of its age it does not have elevators and rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floor of this historical building.

Contact info:
14340 Highway 160
Walnut Grove, CA 95690 USA
phone: 888-717-7933
web: www.rydehotel.com

Room amenities: The 42 rooms at the Ryde Hotel have been completely refurbished. The Art Deco aesthetic theme of the Ryde Hotel and Event Center is carried out in each room. The natural ventilation of the Delta’s evening breezes provides a source of welcome cooling most days during the Delta summer. Winter evening temperatures in the Delta rarely drop below freezing levels. Enjoy the quietness of the Delta without the distraction of telephones or TV sets in guestrooms.

Facility amenities: Private boat dock, wi-fi high speed Internet, and outdoor patios.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact the hotel for best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 02 - Check in to the hotel and register for the progra...
Check in to the hotel and register for the program, wine/cider social, dinner, meet the captain of our boat, orientation and get-acquainted meeting

Arrive To: Check in at the hotel begins at 3:00 pm. Your group leader will be in the hotel restaurant to meet and greet you after 4 pm. A Social is scheduled for 5:30 pm. Established in 1850 by John W. Sharp, Walnut Grove is one of the earliest settlements along the Sacramento River. Sharp journeyed west from Ohio with his young family and chose the site of Walnut Grove because of the abundant walnut and oak forests in the area.

Dinner: Enjoy a wine/cider social before buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Orientation and get-acquainted meeting in the hotel meeting room. Meet the captain who will be our guide as we learn about the delta wildlife and ecology. He will discuss the activities and boat we'll be traveling on for the next two days.

Lodging: Ryde Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Ryde Hotel was built in 1927 at the peak of the prohibition era. It was an opulent establishment, complete with beauty salon and barbershop, that served as a riverboat way station. It was also rumored to be a bordello. The lower level was a speakeasy, offering bootleg whiskey and jazz to a clientele in search of a good time. There was even a trap door in the floor that allegedly opened to reveal a tunnel running under the road to a hidden doorway at the river's edge. In later years the Hotel became a boarding house for the men and women who built the Delta levees and pioneered the area's thriving agricultural industry. Over time, the Ryde has experienced many incarnations and owners. The Hotel has resumed its original name and undergone renovation, maintaining the character of the original design while achieving an unique ambiance. Because of its age it does not have elevators and rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floor of this historical building.

Contact info:
14340 Highway 160
Walnut Grove, CA 95690 USA
phone: 888-717-7933
web: www.rydehotel.com

Room amenities: The 42 rooms at the Ryde Hotel have been completely refurbished. The Art Deco aesthetic theme of the Ryde Hotel and Event Center is carried out in each room. The natural ventilation of the Delta’s evening breezes provides a source of welcome cooling most days during the Delta summer. Winter evening temperatures in the Delta rarely drop below freezing levels. Enjoy the quietness of the Delta without the distraction of telephones or TV sets in guestrooms.

Facility amenities: Private boat dock, wi-fi high speed Internet, and outdoor patios.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact the hotel for best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 03 - Board our vessel and begin our first day of cruis...
Board our vessel and begin our first day of cruising on the Delta to observe migratory birds, we learn about the habitat and the habits of these birds and some of the fascinating human history of the Delta

Note: Across the road from the hotel there is a steep staircase down to the dock which must be navigated prior to boarding.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Head out on our birding cruise on the Delta waters. Our captain/instructor lectures on the migratory birds who pass through these waterways at this time of year.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

Afternoon: We continue to explore the waters of the Delta observing the greatest concentration of migrating ducks and geese in California. Lecture on the habitat favored by migratory birds and their habits and the eco system that exits in the delta.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a delightful and very informative video on the life of a wood duck family.

Lodging: Ryde Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Ryde Hotel was built in 1927 at the peak of the prohibition era. It was an opulent establishment, complete with beauty salon and barbershop, that served as a riverboat way station. It was also rumored to be a bordello. The lower level was a speakeasy, offering bootleg whiskey and jazz to a clientele in search of a good time. There was even a trap door in the floor that allegedly opened to reveal a tunnel running under the road to a hidden doorway at the river's edge. In later years the Hotel became a boarding house for the men and women who built the Delta levees and pioneered the area's thriving agricultural industry. Over time, the Ryde has experienced many incarnations and owners. The Hotel has resumed its original name and undergone renovation, maintaining the character of the original design while achieving an unique ambiance. Because of its age it does not have elevators and rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floor of this historical building.

Contact info:
14340 Highway 160
Walnut Grove, CA 95690 USA
phone: 888-717-7933
web: www.rydehotel.com

Room amenities: The 42 rooms at the Ryde Hotel have been completely refurbished. The Art Deco aesthetic theme of the Ryde Hotel and Event Center is carried out in each room. The natural ventilation of the Delta’s evening breezes provides a source of welcome cooling most days during the Delta summer. Winter evening temperatures in the Delta rarely drop below freezing levels. Enjoy the quietness of the Delta without the distraction of telephones or TV sets in guestrooms.

Facility amenities: Private boat dock, wi-fi high speed Internet, and outdoor patios.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact the hotel for best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 04 - Back on board we continue our exploration of the ...
Back on board we continue our exploration of the Delta waters, visit the town of Rio Vista and the small, excellent museum there, lunch at a local restaurant and continue birding to see hawks, tundra swan, snow geese and Sandhill Cranes.

Note: Today we will board the boat from the dock in front of the hotel. Please note we will need to navigate stairs again this morning. Once in Rio Vista we will walk about a block to the restaurant and head another two blocks to the museum after lunch.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Board our cruise vessel to continue birding the Delta waterways. We travel to the town of Rio Vista to visit the Rio Vista Museum which is located in a reconstituted blacksmith shop. The museum features community history exhibits, period costumes and antique farm equipment. Docents meet us to answer questions and point out the museum's highlights.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue our cruise to view more migratory birds. We may see 6 or more species of hawks, peregrine falcons, owls, tundra swans, snow geese, Canada geese and Sandhill Cranes.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a fascinating discussion of the birds of the delta by an instructor from a local preserve. He will also discuss the Sandhill Crane population in the area.

Lodging: Ryde Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, February 05 - Program ends after farewell breakfast and wrap-up...
Breakfast: Farewell breakfast and wrap up session with our instructor.

Morning: Program ends. Those who are interested may choose to stop on their way home at the nearby Cosumnes River Preserve to look for the birds discussed last evening. A local bird enthusiast will be at the preserve to talk about the birds located there. Please check out by 12:00 PM

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Walnut Grove, CA
Cosumnes River PreserveThe Cosumnes River Preserve is the only remaining unregulated river on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. In its lower reaches, it flows through one of the biologically richest regions in California's Central Valley, before merging with the Mokelumne River to flow into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and eventually the Pacific Ocean. The Cosumnes River Preserve was created to safeguard much of this unique landscape. The free-flowing nature of the river allows frequent and regular winter and spring over bank flooding that fosters the growth of native vegetation and the wildlife dependent on those habitats. More than 250 bird species, more than 40 fish species, and some 230 plant species have been identified on the Preserve.
For additional information, visit: www.cosumnes.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips

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