Fresno County Birders

Willow Unit and Ball Ranch on the San Joaquin River: January 21

Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at 7am

This event is in the past.

Our first weekend birding trip of 2012 will be to the Willow Unit and Ball Ranch properties along the San Joaquin River. The Willow Unit is managed by the California Department of Fish & Game, while the adjacent Ball Ranch is managed by the San Joaquin River Conservancy. Neither area is generally open to the public, so this is a rare chance to bird some of the best riparian habitat in Fresno County. During the 2011 Lost Lake Christmas Bird Count, this area had the most total species seen (82) of any area within the count circle. Ed Case will lead this trip.

Please note the following important information about this trip:

  • We will need to enter and leave together because the entrance gate is about a mile from where we park and go on foot.
  • We plan to bird to mid-afternoon without a lunch break; bring trail snacks and water.
  • The only toilets are the ones used by the bear, bring your own TP.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. We may walk more than 5 miles, most on trails, but plenty of rough ground too.

Meet at the old Mervyn's parking lot (Ashlan and Blackstone) at 6:45am so that we can leave by 7am.

Ed Case


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at 11:57am on Sunday, January 1st, 2012
I know we're meeting at 7, but at the ranch or on Blackstone?
at 11:47am on Sunday, January 1st, 2012
I won't be able to attend as that's the clean-up day at the Japanese Garden. I have been on that walk a couple of times with the River Parkway though, and it's a beautiful area. I saw my first male phainopela sitting in a small tree beside the bridge that we walked across. The guide told me what it was. Have a wonderful day !

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