DFG Offers Sacramento Valley Winter Swan Tours

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Tundra swans in flooded rice fields near Marysville, CA. Photo by Brian Gilmore.

Join a Department of Fish and Game (DFG) naturalist-led swan tour of Marysville’s Rice and Waterfowl area November through January. Co-hosted by local rice farmers and land owners, these tours will focus on finding Tundra Swans, as this tract is one of the best locations for seeing swans in California.

Ducks, geese, cranes, shorebirds, white pelicans, herons, egrets and raptors including bald eagles are also commonly seen in this area, known as District 10. The area contains 23,000 acres of rice fields and restored habit not normally open to the public. This is an excellent example of rice farming for wildlife habitat.

Tours will be held Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. There are driving tours along a short route with very little walking required. Pre-registration is required on the DFG website, www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/SwanTours. Up to 30 people may register for each tour. The tours are free, but registrants are encouraged to make a donation online to the California Wildlife Foundation to support this program.

The swan tours are part of DFG’s wildlife viewing services program, which includes similar outdoors opportunities at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Yolo Basin Wildlife Area, Isenberg Crane Reserve and North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.

For more information about the swan tours, call (916) 358-2852.

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