Oroville is the county seat of Butte County, California. The population was 15,506 at the 2010 census, up from 13,004 at the 2000 census. The Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California is headquartered here.
The town of Gridley was named after its founder and earliest landowner, George W. Gridley. He was born in the state of New York and later moved with his parents to Galena, Illinois. In 1850, he attempted to drive sheep and cattle across the plains to California. He lost the animals, but arrived safely himself and settled in this area.
Butte County, located in Northern California. Its southern border is approximately 55 miles north of the State’s capital in Sacramento. The county is situated on the eastern side of the Sacramento Valley, extending from the Sacramento River, on its western border, east into the foothills and western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Oak apples, saucers, brain coral, sea urchins, red volcanoes; these are just a few of the myriad shapes that you can find on oak trees in Bidwell Park. Most notice the golf to tennis ball sized growths that adorn certain Valley Oak branches and litter the forest floor. In the spring, these are fresh and green, often with a blush of red, which earns them the nickname “oak apples.” But you wouldn’t want to bite into these apples, as you would find a worm inside (or worse, half a worm). These apples are actually galls, and those worms are larvae, juvenile forms of an insect called the California Gall Wasp. In North America there are 800 species of Cynipid Gall Wasps, a group that includes our California Gall Wasp. Come see some of the other amazing structures that other species of wasp induce and learn more about their peculiar lifestyles!Contact: Chico Creek Nature Center 1968 East 8th Street Chico, CA 95928 Phone: 530-891-4671 e-mail: [email protected] website: bidwellpark.org