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

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Program #20378RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Bernard Butcher

With wife Lynne, Bernie Butcher owns the Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The Tallman, built in the 1890's, has been completely restored and is listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. Bernie is an exhibited black and white photographer and former history and economics and photography instructor. He co-founded and managed the Amsterdam Pacific Corporation, a private investment banking firm sold in 1995.

Mr. Brad Barnwell

A native of Southern California, Brad Barnwell graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in parks and recreation. He has served with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Park Service, and is currently on the board of directors for the Lake County Land Trust and Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association. As a member of the local Redbud Audubon group, Brad is an active hike leader, presenter bird monitor. Since retiring in 2005, he has authored the book, “Birding in Lake County.”

Dr. Harry Lyons

Harry Lyons is a professor at the Clear Lake Campus of Yuba College, where he teaches biology, ecology, physiology, microbiology, and on occasion, statistics. He is also the scientific advisor to the Upper Putah Creek Stewardship and secretary for the Lower Lake Watershed Council. Harry studied at Stanford University and the University of California, and as a National Science Fellow, was awarded his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution.

Lyle Madeson

Lyle and Deanna Madeson moved to Lake County in 1976, and enjoy its beauty year-round. Together, they spend many hours photographing the birds, wildlife, vineyards, and natural beauty of Lake County, California. They have attended photo workshops with George Lepp and Arthur Morris, and their interest in photography has taken them to Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, the Amazon Jungle, the southwestern and southeastern United States, with plans to visit Africa in the near future.

Ms. Catherine Koehler

A native of Canada, Cathy Koehler earned her B.S. in zoology and M.S. in behavioral ecology at the University of Calgary before moving on to work at a variety of wildlife management jobs in the U.S. She brings her skills and interests in plant ecology and conservation to the position of director of the University of California’s Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Natural Reserve, and as executive director of the Lake County Land Trust.

Ms. Roberta Lyons

Growing up on the shores of Clear Lake, Roberta Lyons developed a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding terrain of Lake County. In her work at the Clear Lake Observer-American, she reported on such issues as diminishing wetlands around Clear Lake, the impact of geothermal development on Cobb Mountain watersheds, and various city and county issues. Roberta is presently a board member of the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA), the cooperating association for the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. She is also active with the Redbud Audubon Society, and has served as a past president, as well as current conservation chair and newsletter editor. Also interested in historic preservation, Roberta was a founding member of the Lower Lake Historical School Preservation Committee. Roberta and her family enjoy water activities on Clear Lake, including sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and swimming.

Dr. Floyd Hayes

A professor at Pacific Union College, Dr. Floyd Hayes is a zoologist specializing in the ecology, behavior and biogeography of birds. As an undergraduate student, he spent a year teaching on the island of Korsae in Micronesia, and later worked for three years as a biologist for the U.S. Peace Corps. Dr. Hayes has also taught at universities in the Caribbean, worked for a year as a biologist in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.

Mr. Peter Windrem

Peter Windrem attended law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., where he received his law LL.B. in 1968. Following law school, Peter served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala before returning to his home town to open his private law practice. A vineyard owner for over 30 years, Peter recently completed eight years of service on the Lake County Winegrape Commission. He is currently president of the Chi Council for the Clear Lake Hitch.

Ms. Marilyn Waits

Marilyn Waits has been president of the Redbud Audubon chapter in Lake County, California, for six years. In 2011, she received the Stars of Lake County Environmental Award for her local achievements in nature education and conservation. In 2009, Audubon California honored her with a Chapter Volunteer Award for Outstanding Service. Marilyn has worked as a vice president at Bank of America and as a small business consultant for the Yuba Community College Small Business Development Center.

Ms. Darlene Hecomovich

Darlene Hecomovich is a self-taught naturalist with an interest in all flora and fauna, but with a special passion for birds. She is a third-generation resident of the Boggs Mountain area and has had a long-time interest in that lush natural world. She has not only birded her “home patch,” but her delight in birds has led her to many of the prime birding destinations in California, throughout the United States, and around the world.

Mr. Tom Nixon

For more than 25 years, Tom Nixon served as a California State Park Ranger at Clear Lake State Park and Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. Today, he volunteers for the Lake County Land Trust and Redbud Audubon Society, and sits on the Lake County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Tom considers himself an intermediate birder who enjoys leading hikes throughout Lake County. He is also the lead singer and guitarist with a popular local musical group called “Blind Spot.”

Jerry White

Jerry White has been one of the premier birders in Lake and Mendocino counties for the past 30 years. His main focus is on the identification, status, and distribution of birds in these counties. He is the author of "The Birds of Lake County" seasonal checklist, and is a long time sub-regional editor for Lake County for the North American Birds journal published by the American Birding Association. Jerry served for 10 years as compiler of the Lake County Audubon Christmas Bird Count, and was field trip leader for Redbud Audubon Society for six years.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences


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