Northern California Swan Tours Slated to Begin in November

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Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, CDFW Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville from Nov. 2014 through Jan. 2015.

Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the tours will focus on tundra swans at one of the premier viewing locations in California. Ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors are also commonly seen in this viewing area, which contains 23,000 acres of rice fields.

Tours will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. These are driving tours, which also involve walking a short distance.

Up to 30 people may register for each tour. Online pre-registration is required at http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/2/Swan-Tours.

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

Be sure to also mark your calendar for the California Swan Festival in Marysville, Nov. 8 and 9. Please visit http://www.caswanfestival.com for more information.

For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.