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