Steve McDonald
Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway
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Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway

Since 2000, Chico and the surrounding communities have celebrated the magnificent spectacle of the annual migration along the Pacific Flyway with the Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway, featuring outdoor field trips, an art exhibit, and a Friday night reception at monca.

This action-packed 4-day event celebrates the millions of waterfowl and thousands of raptors that migrate along the Pacific Flyway and call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. This is one of the least explored and most amazingly diverse areas of California, with habitats that include rivers and wetlands, sweeping plains and grasslands, rolling foothills, sheltered canyons, and mountain peaks.

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About the Pacific Flyway in Butte County

The Pacific Flyway ranks as one of the greatest migratory pathways in the entire world, stretching from the Bering Strait off the coast of Alaska to the steeps of Patagonia in South America. Millions of birds representing hundreds of species use this great avian highway each year, and nowhere is this abundance of wildlife more accessible than right here in the Northern Sacramento Valley.

With an ideal combination of mild winter weather, abundant food and rich quantities of water, Butte County attracts a huge wintering population of waterfowl and raptors. A local favorite among these is the majestic Snow Goose. With the estimated overall population of Snow Geese exceeding 5 million, as many as one and a half million use the Pacific Flyway. Tens of thousands of these winter annually right in Butte County.

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