Colusa National Wildlife Refuge & Sutter Buttes

Steve Rose

November 25, 2023 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Leader: Ted Beedy

We always schedule this trip in late November to maximize our chances of seeing large concentrations of waterfowl and other water birds wintering in the Central Valley. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is among the best places to view this great, annual spectacle. We should see more than 100,000 geese and ducks, and on past trips we have identified more than 80 species of birds. We will also drive around the Sutter Buttes to look for raptors, songbirds, and Sandhill Cranes, and we’ll go from there to District 10 north of Marysville to see thousands of Tundra Swans, White-faced Ibis, and myriad other waterfowl as the sun sets over the Buttes. Bring a lunch and something to drink, and wear warm clothes, including a raincoat if the weather is wet -the trip is on, rain or shine. Meet at the Park & Ride at the intersection of Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road at 8:00 am. We’ll get back to Grass Valley at about 5 pm, estimated driving time is 1.5 hours each way. Please pre-register at least a week before the trip by contacting me at 530-274-7232 or