Swan tours in the rice fields
Around this time of year, more than 100,000 tundra swans migrate to California for the winter. Tundra swans weigh more than 20 pounds and have a 5.6-foot wingspan – a true sight to behold.
And in particular, tundra swans come to California’s rice-growing region. Local rice farmers have teamed up with naturalists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to offer free swan tours to the public on Saturdays through January in an area just north of Marysville. The district is home to 23,000 acres of rice fields.
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Tours will focus on tundra swans in particular, but ducks, geese, herons, shorebirds, egrets and raptors will likely also be spotted. Don’t worry about wading through wetlands – groups will drive together down county roads, stopping at prime viewing spots.
Advanced registration is required, and a maximum of 30 people are allowed for each session. Tours take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. The exact meeting location will be sent to attendees after registration. Learn more at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/2/Swan-Tours.
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