The annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway in Chico, California, takes place at the end of January to celebrate the arrival of thousands of waterfowl that come from the north to spend their winters in our temperate North Valley climate. The Snow Goose Festival is one of the West's premier bird festivals, offering more than 60 field trips and workshops to show off this season of wildlife abundance and offers many free events and activities for the whole family. Family-friendly fun includes a nighttime "owl prowl."
Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Pintail Ducks and many more fill the rice fields and wildlife refuges throughout the area.
According to the National Audubon Society, more than 1 billion birds fly south each winter along the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory path following coastal estuaries and a mosaic of interior wetlands.
About 4 million waterfowl hunker down in California's Central Valley from November through February, attracted to flooded rice fields and carefully managed wildlife preserves that mimic the disappearing natural landscape. Flooded fields make migratory waterfowl easy to spot.