August 24 - August 26
Lake Almanor is the place to be the weekend of August 24th through 26th as we celebrate the extraordinary “dancing” grebes with our third annual Grebe Festival centered in Chester, CA. Western and Clark’s Grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis and A. clarkii) nest on Lake Almanor which is considered an Important Bird Area by National Audubon and which has grown in its importance as a breeding site for these grebes in recent years as drought has caused loss of nesting habitat elsewhere. Late August is a great time to view the grebes as they are still nesting on the lake in colonies, racing across the water in their incredible “rushing” displays, and when babies are hatching and climbing aboard their parents’ backs.
Kayak and pontoon field trips will allow festival-goers to get an up-close (but not too close!) look at nesting grebes. A variety of other field trips around the Lake Almanor basin and Lassen National Park will be sure to satisfy! For more information, please visit www.plumasaudubon.org/grebe-festival