The return of the waterfowl to California’s Great Central Valley has been described as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, and it happens every winter just two hours from the Bay Area. We’ll visit the famous Gray Lodge Refuge, where we’ll see thousands of Snow Geese joining Canada and White-fronted Geese as they head south to warmer climes. Around the defunct volcanic Sutter Buttes we’ll see aerial displays of sandhill cranes and tundra swans. We’ll hike around the Colusa Wildlife Refuge and then to the Sacramento Refuge for more avian delights – ruddy ducks, pintails, shovelers, bitterns, night herons, mallards, harriers, rough-legged hawks, gallinules, and more. Not only will we learn how to identify these birds, but also we’ll learn about their evolution, behavior and physiology. And if we’re lucky, we might even see river otters playing in the streams and canals of the Sacramento Valley.Discover why so many people make this an annual trip. You’ll need to arrange your own lodging for Saturday night after you receive a list of the area’s accommodations.
DATE: (Trip One) December 8-9
(Trip Two) December 10-11
(Trip Three) December 12-13, 2015