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A Backcountry Birding Adventure: By Foot, Kayak and Pontoon Boat

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Itinerary for May 17 — May 22, 2015

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 17 - Welcome/Orientation/Short Presentations by Lead I...
Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration begins at 4:00 PM, followed by an orientation at 4:30 PM and a wine reception at 5:30 PM.

Enjoy the appetizers and the unique Clear Lake Pear Champagne as you get acquainted with your fellow birders and the hotel staff as well as Bernie Butcher, your host for the week and owner of the Tallman Hotel, and your lead faculty member, Jerry White.

Dinner: Lovely dinner in the Tallman Hotel dining room.

Evening: Welcome to Lake County, located along the Pacific Flyway, and host to more than 300 species of birds, varying according to the season. With diverse landscapes sprawled around Clear Lake - the largest natural freshwater lake in California and possibly the oldest in North America - birds and other wildlife make Lake County their home throughout the seasons.

In the hotel Meeting House after dinner, a wonderful introductory presentation of local birding is in store for you tonight presented by our resident birding expert. In addition, Bernie Butcher will present a short slide presentation on the history of the town and of the Tallman hotel.

Tallman Hotel website: www.tallmanhotel.com

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 18 - Rodman Slough Preserve Field Trip/Expert-led Walk...
Rodman Slough Preserve Field Trip/Expert-led Walking Excursion/Picnic/Kayak Explorations of Clear Lake/Nature.

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast in the lovely Tallman Hotel Parlor.

Morning: Head out on a morning field trip to the Lake County Land Trust Interpretive Center at the Rodman Slough Preserve. Get a feel for this marvelous birding terrain as our lead birder and faculty member, guides you on a walking exploration of the Preserve.

Lake County Land Trust website: www.lakecountylandtrust.org

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Preserve Ranch House. Then the Executive Director of the Land Trust will introduce you to the area with a short presentation.

Afternoon: Proceed to the base of the Rodman Slough where the main feeder streams enter the Lake. In this secluded area, set out by kayak to explore the upper reaches of the Slough, home to nesting colonies of Western and Clark’s Grebes, Great Blue Herons, Double-crested Cormorants and Great Egrets, a variety of waterfowl, hawks and an occasional eagle.

No skills needed in advance to join in the kayaking. The kayak outfitter and will provide the basic instruction needed. Those not wishing to kayak can explore the county park at the base of the slough and return early to the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy a BBQ buffet style dinner on the veranda of the Blue Wing, the Tallman Hotel's saloon style restaurant.

Evening: In the hotel meeting house after dinner join together with resident birder Brad Barnwell and local nature photographers Lyle and Deanna Madeson for a fascinating presentation of nature and bird photography.

Blue Wing Saloon website: www.BlueWingSaloon.com

Madeson Photography website: www.madesonphotography.com

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 19 - Early morning Pontoon Boat Shoreline Exploration/...
Early morning Pontoon Boat Shoreline Exploration/Park Trail Hike/Grebe Project and Hitch Presentation/ Picnic/ Free Afternoon/ Presentation: Geology and Biology of Clear Lake/Music Combo

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the lovely Parlor of the Tallman Hotel.

Morning: An early morning (6:45 departure) birding field trip starts you off at Clear Lake State Park with guide Jerry White. Clark's and Western Grebes are prevalent here, plus Green Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, and along the bed of Cole Creek, Killdeer. Land birds include Red-shouldered Hawks, California Quail, California Towhees, Spotted Towhees, Scrub Jays, Oak Titmice, Northern Flickers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Acorn, Downy, Hairy Woodpeckers and sometimes the Pileated Woodpecker.

Enjoy birding by foot and by pontoon boat this morning! At mid-morning board one of two pontoon boats for an excursion out into the lake and along the shoreline then go on a hiking exploration of some of the many park trails. A large Great Blue Heron rookery should be visible at Corinthian Bay inlet.

Clear Lake State Park website: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=473

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the pavilion by the marina.

Afternoon: Pacific Union College Biology Professor Floyd Hayes has done extensive studies of the Clear Lake Grebe population, and he will share his interesting findings with us this afternoon.

Attorney Peter Windrem, head of the association dedicated to the preservation of the Clear Lake Hitch, will also be our speaker this afternoon, talking about the migration of this native fish specie.

Time to explore on your own or relax after an early morning departure.

Peter Windrem on Clear Lake Hitch: see lakelive.info/chicouncil

Dinner: Dinner on the veranda of the Blue Wing, and time to talk over your day's tales with your new friends.

Evening: An entertaining presentation awaits you tonight on the geology and biology of Clear Lake by Yuba College Professor Harry Lyons. But more awaits! Tom Nixon and Dr. Harry Lyons cap off the night with a guitar duo!

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 20 - Boggs Lake Birding Field Trip/ Picnic at Winery/...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the lovely Parlor of the Tallman Hotel.

Morning: Travel 45 minutes from the hotel up Cobb Mountain, with lovely views of the scenic wine country. Depending on weather and ground conditions, visit either the Boggs Lake Nature Preserve, administered by the Nature Conservancy, which includes a vernal pool with a one mile walk through oak woodlands, or head to the more forested 1.3 mile Boggs Mountain State Forest Interpretive Trail. Ample time for birding throughout the morning.

Joining us as a guide on the Cobb expedition will be local expert Darlene Hecomovich, who also organizes the annual Lake County Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Residents here include Pileated Woodpeckers, Pygmy, White-breasted, and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, and Hutton's Vireos. In spring and summer, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow, and Black-throated Gray Warblers, Cassin's and Warbling Vireos are also present.

Info on Boggs Mountain State Forest: www.boggsmountain.org/ and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boggs_Lake_Ecological_Reserve

Lunch: Then take a short drive to beautiful Laujor Estate, a boutique winery where we will enjoy a picnic lunch, overlooking miles of vineyards.

Laujor Estate website: www.laujorestate.com/



Afternoon: Afternoon and evening are free for your own exploration of the area.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.

Evening: Evening free to explore or relax.

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 21 - Anderson Marsh State Historic Park Birding Field ...
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park Birding Field Trip/ Hike- Pontoon Boat/ Ranch House Tour/ Tour and Wine Tasting - Ceago Vinegarden

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the lovely Parlor of the Tallman.

Morning: Head out to Anderson Marsh State Historic Park at the Lake's outlet into Cache Creek. Depending on the weather, our birding field trip may involve an extensive, though level hike, of up to three miles. Docent Henry Bornstein of Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association will lead a pontoon boat exploration for those who prefer this option. (You will select which option at check in.)

Whether by foot or boat, view grebes, herons, Marsh Wrens, American Coots, Mallards, Great Egrets and other water birds. 151 species have been identified in this area throughout the year.

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park website: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=483 and www.andersonmarsh.org

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at the Interpretive Center.

Afternoon: Gae Henry, member of the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association, will discuss the social and natural history of the area and the efforts to keep the parks open during difficult budget times.

On the way back to the Hotel, stop for a tour and tasting at the showcase lakeside Ceago Vinegarden in Nice. Owned and developed by Jim Fetzer, this facility not only practices organic, but fully bio-dynamic farming techniques.

Ceago Vinegarden website: www.ceago.com

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Tallman Hotel and a relaxing evening with your new friends. Share your favorite experiences and your group leader will help you project any photos you may have taken as well!

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, May 22 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the lovely Parlor of the Tallman Hotel.

Morning: Independent Departures and Safe Travels!

Hotel check-out by 11:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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