Have you seen the great swan fly off? The Northern Sacramento Valley Swan Festival,is November 8-10 in Yuba City will feature workshops, presentations, guided tours and educational programs catering to bird and nature enthusiasts of all ages and levels of interest. Register at: https://www.yubasutterchamber.com/field-trips.html
The California Swan Festival is timed to honor the return of the tundra swans to their winter home. Arriving in the tens of thousands and in close-knit family groups, they make a spectacular show for bird watchers and photographers.Each winter, tens of thousands of huge, beautiful Tundra Swans wing their way south from their breeding grounds in northwest Alaska to spend the winter in the Sacramento Valley.
Thousands of them stop to rest and feed just north of Marysville in an agricultural region called Reclamation District 10, a 40-square-mile land reclamation project established in 1914 in the flood basin of the Feather and Yuba rivers.
The flooded postharvest rice fields of District 10 provide ideal temporary wetland habitat for Tundra Swans, huge flocks of White-faced Ibis, abundant geese and ducks of many species, various shorebirds, lots of hawks, and even bald eagles.
Expert birders and biologists from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly CA Dept. of Fish and Game) lead us along the back roads in District 10 to see the birds and learn about the compatibility of rice growing and waterfowl conservation.