Each year thousands of tundra swans migrate from northern Alaska to their ancestral wintering grounds near Marysville. These wintering grounds are one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in partnership with local rice farmers, will offer free tundra swan tours from Nov. 16 through January 2014. Participants can learn about the natural history of tundra swans as well as ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors, which are commonly seen in the area covering 23,000 acres of rice fields and restored wetland habitat.
Tours will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/swantours/.
The swan tours are part of CDFW’s wildlife viewing services program, which includes similar outdoors opportunities at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Isenberg Crane Reserve and North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. For more information on the tours, please call (916) 358-2869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDFW will also co-sponsor the 2013 California Swan Festival, to be held in Marysville on Nov. 9-10. For more information on the festival, please visit http://yubasutterchamber.com/index.php/calendar/swan-festival.