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Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER)
Butte Creek Ecological Preserve (BCEP)

A Gift for the Future:
Recognizing that continuous, recurring and ecologically responsible property management is fundamental to habitat conservation, a very generous BCCER supporter, Wes Dempsey, Emeritus Professor of Biology at CSU, Chico, has initiated the Challenge, matching dollar for donated dollar up to a maximum of $35,000!
Donate now
Photo by FISHBIO
Education - Snorkel School: Diving Into Big Chico Creek with Chico State
The streams and tributaries that feed the Upper Sacramento River of Northern California are critical habitats for several species of salmonids listed under the state and federal Endangered Species Act, and as a result many have become some of the most well-studied creeks. Big Chico Creek, a 45-mile waterway that runs through the heart of Chico, California, is one of several small Sacramento River tributaries (including Butte Creek) that are known to support populations of spring-run Chinook salmon Central Valley ESU Steelhead.
FISHBIO recently taught a CSUC class how to do snorkel surveys on the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER). Read the article here and see the video.


Research: ATTENTION SAW-WHET OWLS - Nest Boxes Available

Ken Sobon, director of the Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Project, and team have installed over 15 nest boxes on the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER). He is hoping that the boxes will attract saw-whets, perhaps those wintering on the Reserve or moving through in spring, to stay and nest. If a pair does it would be the first documentation of saw-whets breeding on site! Read more ...
Did you know ... we have an Outdoor Education Program that will bring over 1500 elementary students to the Reserves this year?
Upcoming Public events:
3/4/17 -POSTPONED Wild Edible and Useful Plants of the BCCER
Mushroom Hunt - Date TBD
4/7/17 Wildflower Hike
Email to reserve a spot for programs
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Visit us - Did you know the Reserves are open to the public from dawn to dusk? With the exclusion of hunt days, we are open every day for hiking and nature observation. Just on the other side of Bidwell Park, the BCCER offers a quieter and more solitary experience. Visit our website for maps and other information on visiting the BCCER. Information on the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve can be found here.
Wondering what we have been up to? Check out our 2015/16 Year in Review.

Chico State Instructors:

If you would like to arrange a tour of the Reserves for your class, or would like some ideas on how your class could benefit from a visit, contact Education Coordinator Jon Aull at

The Butte Creek Ecological Preserve is now on RAMS, our reservation system. Making reservations for visits to the Reserves on RAMS helps us track use. Thanks!
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