The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering free Swan Tours in Yuba County near Marysville on select Saturdays November through January.
Held in partnership with the Mathews Rice farming operation, this area – called District 10 – boasts the largest number of overwintering tundra swans in the Central Valley as well as abundant geese, ducks, shorebirds and raptors.
These popular, naturalist-led tours last approximately two hours and have been reconfigured to meet COVID-19-related health and safety protocols.
These safety measures include all participants and guides driving their own vehicles instead of carpooling together. Walkie talkies will be distributed to each participant vehicle to hear and communicate with the guide during the tour. Participants are required to follow all health protocols, which will be distributed in a pre-tour information packet upon registration.
The 2021-22 swan tour dates are:
November 6, 13, 20 and 27
December 4, 11 and 18
January 1 and 8
Tours are offered at 9:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. on each date.
Pre-registration is required by contacting Genelle Treaster, CDFW North Central Region, at Genelle.Treaster@wildlife.ca.gov.