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 will winter right in Butte County.
In Chico and the surrounding communities, the community celebrates this magnificent spectacle of nature with the Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway with live birding, demonstrations, field trips, special exhibits, auctions, presentations, and more.
Check back in Fall 2019 for more information regarding calls for exhibits and activity registration.