Regional Festivals get you up close and personal with Wildlife

By Paul Buttner

Here in the Sacramento Valley, about 500,000 acres of rice and 75,000 acres of wetlands in the Sacramento Valley provide a virtual “bed and breakfast” for over 200 species of wildlife. These include hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, shorebirds, raptors, wading birds and songbirds all sharing the ecologically rich complex of agricultural and other open spaces in the region.

people viewing exhibits at bird festival

Numerous winter wildlife festivals are now available for everyone to enjoy. Many even include opportunities to visit with wildlife experts, land managers and farmers.

group of photographers shooting in nature

The first of the wildlife festivals, the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival, just occurred. Fortunately, there are several more on the way. Here are some key events for you to consider attending in the coming months:

person holding a baby duckCalifornia Swan Festival in Marysville, November 8-10, 2019

21st Annual Snow Goose Festival in Chico, January 22-26, 2020

13th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival, February 1, 2020

California Duck Days in Davis, February 22, 2020





Paul Buttner is Manager of Environmental Affairs for the California Rice Commission.


Paul Buttner