Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Upcoming Birding Festivals to Delight Northern California Birders

Jan 17, 2014

January 17, 2014                                                     

Upcoming Birding Festivals to Delight Northern California Birders

Over the next 30 days, northern California will be the place to be for bird enthusiasts. Two birding festivals are happening in the area and both promise an amazing display of the many migratory birds the Pacific Flyway has to offer. From January 22 to 26, the 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway will take place in Chico, Calif. A few weeks later, February 7-9, the 18th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival takes place in Vallejo, Calif.

For a jaw-dropping natural spectacle, it’s hard to beat a bird festival. Of all the wildlife in the United States, birds attract the biggest following. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most recent National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, about 18 million people a year take trips to see wild birds. The Service will be at both festivals talking to attendees about how national wildlife refuges protect important bird habitat along the country’s major flyways.

January 22-26

Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway

Chico, Calif.

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge is one of several field trip destinations for this major West Coast bird festival. The refuge, a Central Valley birding hotspot, boasts a large viewing platform overlooking wetlands teeming with bird life, a photography blind (available by reservation), an auto-tour route and many hiking trails. Details are at www.snowgoosefestival.org.

February 7-9

San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival

Vallejo, Calif.

The festival includes field trips to San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge protects migratory birds, wetland habitat and endangered species like the salt marsh harvest mouse and California clapper rail. Guided hikes on the refuge trails will be available during the festival. Details are at www.sfbayflywayfestival.com.

For information on other national wildlife refuge-related bird festivals in 2014 visit:  http://www.fws.gov/refuges/birding/festivalsEvents.html

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