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Snow Goose Festival – Chico California

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

 Snow Goose Festival

The 16th Annual .Snow Gooses Festival is organized by Altacal Audubon Society.  This year there will be over 60 field trips,and workshops along with an art show.  The workshops and field trips are varied youth, beginner birders and experience birders will all find several field trips and or workshops suited to their interest and experience level.

Dates:  Jan. 21st – Jan. 25th

Pacific Flyway

photo by Steve McDonald

photo by Steve McDonald


The Snow Goose Festival is situated in one of the greatest migratory pathways in the entire world, the Pacific Flyway.  This flyway stretches from the Bering Strait on the coast of Alaska to the steeps at Patagonia in South America.

The Northern Sacramento Valley has some of the most accessible viewing areas on this migratory pathway.  Tens of Thousands Snow Geese choose to winter in the Sacramento Valley.  Close to one and half million use the Pacific Flyway.


The Snow Goose Festival is an annual event held in Chico, Ca each winter.  This year the event will run from Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 25th.  The mission of the festival is to celebrate the Snow Geese and to increase public awareness, understanding, appreciation and the conservation of the incredible wildlife and related habitats of the Northern Sacramento Valley.


Photo by Steve McDonald

Photo by Steve McDonald

Online registration is available until Wed. Jan. 21st.  Please visit  the Snow Goose Festival website to check for open field trips.  A few of the trips still open are; Marathon Big Birding Day in Colusa County, Marathon Big Birding Day in Butte County, Bidwell’s Yah Trail, Winter Raptors on the Sacramento Refuge Fly-off to name a few.

Another open field trip that is not entirely focused on birding is the Birds and Rice Growers tour which is on Friday.  The tour will include the rice drying operations at the plant in Richvale.

Special field trips to areas that are not always open to the general public include; Rancho Esquon,  and Dye Creek Preserve.

Rancho Esquon is a working ranch and it is common to see Sandhill Cranes during the winter months on the ranch.  Dye Creek Preserve is in Eastern Tehama County.  Lewis’s Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, California Quail, Ferruginous Hawk, Bald and Golden Eagle are all common.

The bird carving, Gardens as Habitat, and photography workshops are still open.  You do not have to be a “birder” to enjoy these workshops.

Field trips and workshops range in prices from 8 dollars to 45 dollars.

Youth Oriented Programs

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On Sat. and Sunday several workshops are designed especially for youth at the Chico Masonic Family Center.  Smokey the Bear and the Blue Goose will be making an appearance.  Children can earn a Junior Ranger Badge and a Junior Naturalist Certificate.



Steve Zachery from Lassen Volcanic National Park with  be leading a workshop on Sunday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm which will teach children how to identify the four major types of volcanoes.  If you have not visited Lassen Park it is worth adding to your list of National Parks to visit.  Lassen Park is the only National Park in the U.S. that has all four types of volcanoes within park boundaries.

Lassen Park is home to 216 species of birds.  The park is part of several monitoring programs and a bird banding station.  Bird list for Lassen Park.


  Art Show

snow goose art

Fifty-five artists have submitted work to be on display at the Avenue 9 Gallery at 180 E. Ninth and The Esplande.  Artwork will be on display from Jan. 16th- February 7th.  There will be a free reception on Jan. 23rd from 5- 8 pm.

List of artists displaying their work.



If you have a few extra days in the area, plan a stay at the St. Bernard Lodge.  St. Bernard Lodge is about one hour north of Chico and 20 minutes from the SW entrance of Lassen Park.  St. Bernard Lodge is also about 40 minutes from the Bizz Johnson Trail which is a California Watchable Wildlife Viewing Area.  Bizz Johnson Trail is home to 100 bird species.

Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park 2015

Monday, December 29th, 2014

 Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park is back again this year

When: Saturday January 17th through Monday, January 19, 2015
Where: KohmYah-mah-nee Visitor Center

Time: 10 am – 4 pm each day

This will be the third year for the Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park.  Plan your visit to Lassen Park to celebrate Lassen Volcanic National Park and outdoor recreation through film.

The Winter Film Festival will be featuring 6 full length films; Ultimate Mars Challenge, The City Dark, Tell it on the Mountain, The Great Vacation Squeeze, Glacier Caves; Mt. Hood’s Secret World and Ishi the Last Yahi.

There are also 13 different short films of 15 minutes or less. Please visit Lassen Park website for showing times and details on each of the films. This Winter Film Festival has something for any out  door enthusiast.

If you are not into watching films about the great outdoors you can simply enjoy the park and take in some great vistas while skiing, snowshoeing or just sledding.

Winter Snow Sports at Lassen


Bring your sleds, snowshoes and or skis to enjoy the winter wonderland of Lassen Park before or after watching a film.  Sledding is available close to parking area.  Short one mile walk along park road from visitor center to Sulphur Works is great for snowshoe beginners.

More advanced trails for both XC and back-country skiing and snowshoeing include McGowan Lake, Ridge Lakes, Brokeoff , Mt. Diller, and Pilot Pinnacle Maps of winter trails for Lassen Park  and Lassen National Forest.

 Earn Your Turns Video, great video of skiing the back-country of Lassen Park.

Lassen Park will be offering Ranger-led snowshoe walks on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Lassen Cafe will be open for the weekend or bring your own picnic to enjoy by the natural stone fireplace in the visitor center. Many visitors love to tailgate in the parking lot.

Monday January 19th is the first fee free day of 2015 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This is a great weekend to visit Lassen Park. It is your choice to be adventurous or just stay at the visitor center and enjoy some great films offered during the Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park.


Increased waterflows in the North Fork of the Feather River Whitewater Rafters Mark your Calendar!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

RaftingPG&E will increase water flows for whiteater rafters in the Rock Creek Reach of the North Fork of the Feather River. The higher water levels are scheduled for Aug. 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th and then again Sept. 28th and 29th.

Rock Creek Reach is an 8.3 mile stretch of the Feather River in the Plumas National Forest.  This part of the river is near Storrie  and between PG&E’s Rock Creek Dam and the Rock Creek Powerhouse.  For a map and more information on Rock Creek-Cresta Ecological Commitee, please visit their website.

Currently flow is about 210 cubic feet per second and will be increased to 800 cubic feet per second, then held at 700 cubic feet per second during the scheduled dates of increased water flow.

The Sept. dates will overlap with the 4th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen at the Lassen Volcanic National Park on Sept. 28th.  Park admission is free.  Wine tasting and art exibits and music will be held at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center from 11 am – 5pm.


Make a weekend of it.  St. Bernard Lodge has rooms open for both weekends.  Come visit Lassen Park one day, stay at the Lodge then go whitewater rafting.

For more useful information on Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon visit:







Learn about the Amazing Birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

June 21st and 22nd

nesting birds

Join Dr. Roger Lederer at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Friday June 21st from 4-5 pm.  Dr. Lederer will be presenting a power point presentation which is open to all that are interested in attending at no charge.  The lecture will be an introduction to both the birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park and interesting and amazing adaptions of birds. Background and books by Dr. Lederer.


This program targets local community members and visitors who have basic or no knowledge of birds.  This is your opportunity to learn from Dr. Lederer.

bird lassen

Saturday morning meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center at 8:30am.  Dr. Lederer will be leading a guided walk of the Mill Creek Falls Trail.  This walk will last until approximately 10:15 am.  There is a $25 fee for the guided walk.  Group size is limited to 15 participants.  A second session will be scheduled at 10:30 am if needed.


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Please direct questions or register with Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or online at

Bring your camera, you may just get the perfect shot for the 2014 Lassen Volcanic National Park photo contest.  You may also want binoculars and bird guide.

Please contact St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382 for dining or lodging options.  St. Bernard Lodge is offering a 15.00 dinner voucher at the lodge for any guests staying at the lodge and attending the guided walk of Mill Creek Falls with Dr. Lederer.

Opportuntity to Bike Lassen Park Main Road without Vehicular Traffic

Monday, May 20th, 2013

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits cyclists this year at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Due to continued road construction on Hwy 89 in Lassen Park near Sulphur Works, the 30 mile stretch of Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists only.  The road will be open May 28th to June 6th from the North entrance near Manzanita Lake to the South entrance and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center.  During this time frame vehicles will not be allowed past Sulphur Works on the south side and the Devastated Area on the north side of  Lassen Park.  The road is open May 20th- to May 24th noon for pedestrians and bicyclists per park ranger today.  It is not being promoted due to debri near Sulphur Works. If you are careful getting by construction at Sulphur Works you may bike or hike the complete 30 miles of Hwy 89 in the park.

Please if cycling is important to you contact Lassen Park at 530-595-4480.  Leave a message that you are unable to make it this year, but are interested for future years.  The park road has opened as early as May 10th in 2001 and as late as July 16th in 2011.  Once snow is removed it may be possible to allow bicyclists and hikers for 1-2 days before traffic is allowed.  To have this happen you need to make your voice heard.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the park and all the great views along Hwy 89  from your bicycle.  Hwy 89 runs 30 miles north and south through Lassen Park.  This Hwy has the distinction of being the highest paved road in the entire Cascade Range reaching 8,512 feet.
Hwy 89 is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway which many bicyclists enjoy each year.  To have the rare opportunity to enjoy the views along Hwy 89 in the park with only other bicyclists and hikers is something not to be missed if possible.

There is lodging and camping on both the north side of Lassen Park, (Rim Rock Ranch Resort), camping in the park, and lodging and meals at the St. Bernard Lodge 20 miles from the south entrance of Lassen Park.

If you have more than a day you may want to include a ride around the West side of Lassen Park and include Manton.  Manton has several wineries to visit.  A ride around the east side of Lassen Park could include visiting the Subway Caves in the Lassen National Forest.  South east of Lassen Park you have St. Bernard Lodge, the town of Chester and Lake Almanor.

A few great rides in the Chester area include; Last Chance Loop, Lake Almanor Recreation Trail and riding around the 52 miles of shoreline of Lake Almanor.   The Bizz Johnson Trail runs from Westwood to Susanville.  Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports has some artistic maps of these trails.  We always recommend riding the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail to our guests traveling from St. Bernard Lodge to Quincy.  It adds little in the way of distance and gets you off of Hwy 89.  The trail is 6 feet wide and paved.  In the height of summer you may have to share with hikers, but no cars to deal with.

Chico Velo Cycling Club has a June Adventure Ride scheduled for Lassen Park on June 8th.  Please check their website for details.

Coming up in the near future are two century bike rides in the area.  The first is June 15th and  is the Mile High 100 ride around Lake Almanor.  this will be the 31st  year for this ride..  The second ride is in Greenville and travels through Indian Valley this ride is schedule for June 22nd.

Some of the best back roads of Plumas County are included on the Barn Quilt Trail.  These routes get you off the main roads and allow for beautiful scenery and also stunning barn quilts.  More information on biking Plumas County.


Heart K Barn



Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to traffic for Memorial Day Weekend.  Road is due to open to traffic at noon on May 24th and closes May 27th or early May28th.

We hope to see you and share our mountain with you.



Explore Safely Trail Challenge Lassen Volcanic National Park

Monday, August 27th, 2012


Explore Safely Trail Challenge

Join in the fun and participate in the Lassen Park Trail Challenge Labor Day weekend. The challenge has three different levels; Explorers, Adventurer and Trail Master.
Complete one of the three hiking challenge levels to earn an Explore Safely bandanna.
Challenge brochures are available at both the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center and the Loomis Museum. You may also see the Trail Challenge Brochure online.
To earn the Explore Safely Bandanna the challenges must be completed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3, 2012.
Call St. Bernard Lodge for dining reservations during Labor Day weekend. Bring your bandanna in with you. Will will give a free dessert with dinner or free coffee with breakfast. For more information on our lodge, or call 530-258-3382.
Come enjoy the mountains in Northern California this Labor Day.

100,000 For Lassen Volcanic National Park or Plumas Eureka State Park

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

America Is Your Park Campaign This Summer!

Vote for Your Favorite Park from May 23 – July 15

Cider Cone in Oct.

St. Bernard Lodge is asking you to vote for Lassen Park (b) and Plumas Eureka State Park. Lassen Park is in Tehama, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas counties.   Plumas Eureka State Park is in Plumas County.  Help us get both these parks in the top 25 favorite parks.  At this time only 3 parks in California are even in the top 25.

Coca-Cola is calling everyone out to the park this summer to vote in the third-annual America Is Your Park campaign. Parks are the anchors of our communities, providing places for friends, families and neighbors to be active and enjoy the outdoors together. Last year, park supporters cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite park to win money for improvements. 

Let’s help Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park take advantage of this campaign.  Helping both of these parks helps are community.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative and the coveted title of “America’s Favorite Park.”

What’s even better is more than one park will win! Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively.

And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from the remaining top 25 spots on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant.

With just the click of a button, people can vote for their favorite park at On the site, park enthusiasts can learn how to earn more votes by “checking in” from the park and download voting tools to help rally their communities.

Any park, big or small, can win! Last year, Oak Park in the small town of Minot, ND, captured the title of “America’s Favorite Park” and the $100,000 recreation grant. The community united to vote for Oak Park, which was completely destroyed last year in a historic flood that damaged much of Minot. The grant helped with the park’s restoration, so families have a place to play together again.

For more than 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks across the nation. Whether it’s buying new recreation equipment or enhancing activity areas, grants awarded through this family-friendly competition will help improve spaces where people go to play.

The America Is Your Park campaign was developed in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association.

How to Cast Your Vote

Park goers can vote for their favorite national, state or local park from May 23 at midnight ET until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 15, 2012.

Park supporters can vote for their favorite park by:

Going online (via computer or smartphone) to (1 vote each)

“Checking in” from the park (100 votes each) – Details on the site

Oak Park in Minot, ND, took home the title and $100,000 recreation grant last year. Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Soudan, MN, and Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO, came in second- and third-place, taking home $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Let’s see what we can do to be listed as 2012 winners.  Please share with your friends and ask them to vote for Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park.  We have 14 days to go!

Please vote and share for Lassen Park, Ca and Plumas Eureka State Park Ca.


Mile High Bike Ride Chester, California June 16th, 2012

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Start a New Father’s Day Tradition

June 16th & 17th


30th Annual Century Ride around LakeAlmanor and IndianValley On Saturday!

Rent a Boat and go Fishing on Sunday.

Chester-Lake Almanor Bike Ride


This ride is located where the scenic Southern Cascades bump into the gentle Northern Sierras, the Mile High 100 will treat you to a quiet day on the back roads that wander through the lush green forests surrounding Lake Almanor and the Indian Valley. You will get several great views of Lassen Volcanic National Park,Lake Almanor and the meadows of Indian Valley on this ride. This is not a race, but a collection of tours for cyclists of all abilities.

This Century bike ride promotes recreational bicycling “under the volcano” in the shadow of Northern California’s incredible Lassen Peak. Proceeds from this event are invested in organized recreation in theLake Almanor Basin and provide support for the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pick the Perfect Ride:

CENTURY RIDE (108 MILES) – This is a relatively easy ride by century standards. It takes you around Lake Almanor and through the peaceful Indian Valley. Approximately 3,200′ total elevation climb.

METRIC CENTURY: This ride encompasses the entire Almanor Basin. It is recommended for the cyclist who desire a challenging loop without the distance and the bigger climbs found in the full century ride. Approximately 1,500′ total elevation climb.

HALF METRIC CENTURY (33 MILES) – Take your time and enjoy the mountain vistas and the clean air. This is the ride for those wanting a nice leisurely ride lakeside aroundLake Almanor, the blue jewel on the North Fork of the Feather River. Approximately 600′ total elevation climb.


Century Ride-$60.00

Metric Century-$50.00

Half Metric Century-$50

FOOD: Yes, and lots of it and even better than before! We will have high quality natural food and beverages to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. We will be supplying you with ample nourishment and encouragement along the route. Century riders are rewarded with a delicious lunch in Taylorsville. (Catering thanks to Carol’s Cafe,Prattville,CA)

CLOTHING: Unpredictable Mountain weather! Summer temperatures can range from 28 to 98 degrees, you can expect afternoon thunderstorms- so be prepared! The Mile High 100 will take place rain, shine, or volcanic eruption.

HELMETS: Are most definitely required. Safety is a key goal of the Mile High 100.

RULES OF THE ROAD: Please obey all rules of the road! We insist that you obey all stop signs and give appropriate hand signals when turning. Ride as far to the right as is practicable and watch for oncoming cars and trucks. “Sag Vehicle” volunteers will be monitoring the ride. They will assist if someone needs a lift, minor bike repairs or water. Route will be clearly marked with road signs.

END-OF-RIDE FEAST: Enjoy a delicious post-ride meal served from noon to 5:00 p.m., free to all registered riders. Meal tickets for family or friends are available for $7.00 each. Relax by the Feather River at theChesterPark and enjoy live musical entertainment (band to be determined), delicious food, and even a massage! Don’t miss this full afternoon of entertainment!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: We will have delicious cold beer on draft (Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, Lost Coast Tangerine, Bear Racer Republic!), great music by the Jeff Pershing Band, tasty spaghetti meal by the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge, a bike drawing for a 2011 Raleigh Misceo 2.0 from Bodfish Bicycles, great raffle prizes (gift certificate from Dawn Lee, 2 night stay at McCarthy Point from the Forest Service, Elderberry Wine from Honey Run Winery, La Rocca Vineyards tour/tasting gift certificate, original photography by Betty Bishop and more!)

For more info!


Lodging: Last minute lodging available at St. Bernard Lodge. Special arrangements can be made for guests participating in the bike ride for early breakfast.

If you can not make this ride remember that this same ride is now being held in the fall. Save Sept. 29th on your calendar for the fall bike ride.

CHECK-IN AND START TIME: Riders may check-in on Friday, June 15th between 6:00-9:00 p.m. or on Saturday, June 16th between 6:00-9:00 a.m. at the Chester Park. Free water bottle for the first 500 riders!









St. Bernard Lodge & Mission Small Business

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Show your support for St. Bernard Lodge.  Please go to  and vote for St. Bernard Lodge, Mill Creek, Ca 96061.  At this time we are the only business in Mill Creek working towards this grant.

12 businesses will be selected for grant.  We must have 250 votes to be considered,  please help us.  We would like to add back cabins and fishing pond to property. Help us return St. Bernard Lodge  to its’ glory days.

Just to make sure we are worth voting for check our pinterest boards, facebook page or tripadvisor reviews. Please share with your friends!  Thanks for your vote.

St. Bernard Lodge has been catering to guests visiting Lassen Park and Lake Almanor for almost 100 years, help us continue for the next 100 years.

Pond at St. Bernard Lodge




Evergreen Room at the St. Bernard Lodge

2nd Annual Tehama Trail Passport Weekend June 2 & 3rd

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

The Tehama Trail is a journey that begins in Corning, visiting world-class olive and olive oil producers. A short trip to the east finds you in Vina where the Monks of the Abbey of New Clairveaux practice ancient traditions of grape growing and wine making. On the way north to the Volcanic Vineyards of Manton, there are several interesting stops on Hwy 99 worth the stop.  After sampling the wines of the slopes of Mt. Lassen, the trail takes you to Historic Downtown Red Bluff where quaint shoppes and riverfront dining are a way of life.



The stops along the trail include:

You may want to get off the trail and head to  Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park  and the St. Bernard Lodge for dinner and a room.  Travel to the Indian Valley the next day and visit Indian Falls just south of Crescent Mills on Hwy 89.  Travel down the Feather River Canyon on 70 back to I -5.  This gives you a chance to do something different and have a great weekend.

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend tickets are $25 per person and include free tasting at all farms. All proceeds go to benefit the Tehama Trail association to further develop agri-tourism in Tehama County. Tickets can be purchased at all participating farms and the Tehama County Farm Bureau. Tehama Trail highlights local tourist attractions, historic landmarks and local shopping. The map is easy to navigate and user friendly.

For more information visit, or call 530-527-7882.