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Audubon Field Trip: Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

AHWAHNEE — Yosemite Audubon invites members of the community to come along for a bird walk around Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park on Saturday, Jan. 13, starting at 9 a.m.

Participants can meet at the main parking lot for the park. The entrance is just north of Wasuma Elementary School on Highway 49.

“We expect to see residents such as woodpeckers and nuthatches, as well as wintering birds such as sparrows, kinglets, and ducks,” say organizers. “The terrain is gentle at the park, with gravel walking trails weaving through oak woodland and riparian habitat, as well as a stop at a pond to view various waterfowl.”

All levels of experience are encouraged to join. The outing will end around noon. Please note that rain cancels the event. Email melissa@odellplanning.com for more information.

The Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park is a 400-acre nature park in the community of Ahwahnee on Highway 49 in Madera County. It serves as a natural oak habitat resource for recreation and education for Madera County and the surrounding counties. The park land is owned by Madera County, but the day-to-day operation, maintenance, and improvements are the responsibility of the Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park, a non-profit organization formed for this purpose. The Friends is an all-volunteer group that solicits your donation of time or money to help this park provide its many benefits to the public in the future.

Entrance to the park is free for individuals, but a fee is required to reserve space or conduct events. When staffing levels permit, the park will be open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk Wednesday through Sunday, with pedestrian access Mondays and Tuesdays via the Wasuma gate. A park host will be in residence or volunteer docents will be on duty at most times when the park is open to the public.

Please note: Dogs must be kept leashed at all times, per Madera County ordinance. Violators will be ticketed.

Source: Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

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