As a Colusa native, the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge has always been a part of my community. Growing up, I knew where the refuge was and did a few field trips out there for school, but never really understood the significant role the refuge plays in the Sacramento Valley.
When I started working for Robbins Rice Company and participating with our restoration partners, I was able to truly appreciate what an essential role the Colusa NWR plays within our North State watershed and in the Pacific Flyway.
Through our restoration efforts, establishing hedgerows, providing seasonal floodplain habitat on winter flooded rice fields, going on lots of tours, and learning about native California species, I have become quite a birder.
This time of year is one of my favorites at the Colusa NWR. I like to drive the loop or take a walking tour with the hopes of spotting migrating shorebirds, deer, ducks, geese, and maybe even a bald eagle.
Here are some photos from this past weekend. Enjoy!
Located just west of the small farming town of Colusa, the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is a great destination for bird enthusiasts. For the last few years there has been a lot of excitement generated by the appearance the falcated duck. This rare Asian duck brought birders from all over the country out to the Colusa NWR, which really benefited the local community businesses. If you are every on I-5 or Hwy 20, be sure to come check it out!