Sunday, January 24, 2010

sacramento national wildlife refuge...

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, one of six refuges in the Sacramento Refuge Complex located in the Sacramento Valley of north-central California, about 70 miles north of the metropolitan area of Sacramento. During the peak winter months of mid-November through January, spectacular flights of snow and Ross's geese with thousands of pintail, green-winged teal, mallard, gadwall, and shovelers can be seen actively feeding in the marshes.

Other winter migrants include the white-faced ibis, yellow-rumped warbler, white-crowned sparrow, and western sandpipers to name a few. Year-round resident wildlife include herons, egrets, coots, red-winged black birds, ring-necked pheasants, red-tailed hawks, black-tailed jack rabbits, raccoons, and black-tailed deer. This refuge provides food and cover for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish. Colusa Refuge typically supports wintering populations of more than 200,000 ducks and 50,000 geese.

During the 6-mile auto tour...I also saw deer, jack rabbits.. Thru the telescope of someone from the Audubon Society...I got to see two coyotes sitting in the field off the road in the photo of the snow geese. All in was an interesting adventure...and I will visit there again.

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