16891
Walnut Grove
Birding and Ecology in the California Delta by Boat
Explore the California Delta alongside naturalists and learn about this protected region’s myriad birds, diverse ecology, unique museums and complex system of levees.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 16891RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
749
Getting There
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At a Glance

Venture into remote areas accessible only by boat and marvel at the wealth of migratory birds and waterfowl that inhabit the California Delta’s 738,000 acres. Learn the story of the delta, which collects nearly 27 million acre feet of water from more than 40 percent of California's surface. As you traverse the waterways with an expert naturalist aboard a 50-foot custom vessel, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of hawks, falcons, owls and thousands of waterfowl, including the Tundra Swan, Snow Geese, ducks, Sandhill Cranes and more. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Activity Level
Moderate
Walking several blocks at a time, irregular stairs down to dock, no elevator in hotel, rooms on second floor of hotel.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear tales of the two ranchers who donated land to create a town during a visit to the Rio Vista Museum.
  • Enjoy lectures on bird habitats and migration as you journey along the waterways with an expert naturalist.
  • Learn about the interesting mechanisms of several drawbridges as you travel through them.

General Notes

Most Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. Because all birding is done from a boat in this program, there is one expert for a group of 24. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Ronn Patterson
Ronn Patterson is a naturalist, marine biologist, student of whales, professional photographer, teacher and writer. For more than 25 years, he has led natural-history trips to such places as Africa, the Amazon, the Andes, the Galapagos, Baja California and Mexico. He has worked as a wildlife biologist in Alaska and been a member of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission. Ronn is a professional skipper and captains his boat, Delphinus, nearly 10,000 miles each year.
Ronn Patterson
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