‘Tis the season to explore migrating bird refuges!


Take your binoculars and see if you can spot Black-necked Stilts!

It’s late April and the migratory birds are flocking to sanctuaries in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties!

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge will offer free guided hikes this Saturday, April 26, from 9 AM to Noon, featuring a two-mile roundtrip walk through wetlands, viewing visiting birds on the Pacific flyway.  Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent, sunscreen and walking shoes (and field guides to birds, if you have them).  Children are welcome, but, no pets.  Meet at the Elk Grove Gate at 9 AM; take Elk Grove Boulevard exit off I-5, and go to west side of I-5 to the gate.  Information: fws.gov/refuge/stone_lakes.

Even closer to home is the Consumnes River Preserve (www.consumnes.org), on the river of the same name, just north of Thornton on San Joaquin County’s northside.  Also on April 26, join for a Guided Photo Walk (meet at the Visitor Center at 9am, at 13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt).  The Preserve is open, dawn to dusk, and paved trails take you into wetlands and vernal pool areas that team with migratory birds this time of year.

Take the kids or grandkids to either of these exciting natural preserves – you’ll get a much better understanding of the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, at the same time!


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