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Chico State

Jon Aull

A man highlights a butterfly guide.

Close Encounters of the Insect Kind

A trip to Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve to aid in the North American Butterfly Association's annual butterfly count proves more elusive than imagined.

A variety of mushrooms are laid out on a table still covered in dirt.

Putting the Fun in Fungi

A visit to the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, which is owned by the CSU, Chico Research Foundation, opens a wide window into the world of mushroom hunting and outdoor exploration.