The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is providing an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to witness the beauty of tundra swans and a diverse range of bird species with free swan tours in Yuba County, near Marysville. These tours will be available on select Saturdays from November through early January.
In collaboration with the Mathews Rice farming operation, this region boasts one of the largest populations of overwintering tundra swans in the Central Valley, alongside abundant geese, ducks, shorebirds, and raptors.
Led by knowledgeable naturalists, these popular tours offer participants a unique chance to connect with nature. The tours last approximately two hours and follow a caravan-style route, guiding visitors through flooded rice fields teeming with migratory and resident birds. Along the way, there will be periodic stops to observe and learn about the fascinating wildlife.
The 2023-24 swan tour dates are as follows:
- November 4, 18, 25
- December 2, 9, 16, 30
- January 6
Two tours are scheduled each day, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
To join in on this incredible wildlife adventure, pre-registration is required. Contact Genelle Treaster at Genelle.Treaster@wildlife.ca.gov to secure your spot and get ready to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and biodiversity of Yuba County.