Located on the southerly end of the Pacific Flyway migratory route, the Sacramento Valley provides some of the top wintering sites for waterfowl in the world. Many opportunities to view winter wildlife are within easy driving distance of Sacramento and often without cost. There’s beautiful sunrises and breathtaking sunsets, and crowds are usually sparse. And there’s lots of wildlife, especially migratory birds.
While most visitor centers are closed due to coronavirus concerns and popular guided tours for viewing wildlife have been canceled, wildlife areas in the Capital Region have remained mostly open. The peak waterfowl season is generally October through January, so the sight of migratory birds such as sandhill cranes and snow geese won’t be seen in big numbers for much longer. Here’s a sampling of five of the many area spots Comstock’s visited in recent months, including Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Cosumnes River Preserve, Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, Sacramento National Wildlife Reserve and Effie Yeaw Nature Center.
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Having a robust agricultural industry has meant accommodating crops and livestock by forcing out wildlife. Before farming came to the region 150 years ago, waterbird habitat was primarily provided by wetlands. Now managed wetlands make up only about one-third of their habitat in California and rice fields comprise nearly 60 percent.
Shelter-in-place orders this year have given the Capital Region’s custom collectible cars community more time to buy, sell and restore their vehicles.
Pop-up drive-ins appeared during the coronavirus summer of 2020, prompting many families in the Capital Region to turn their vehicles into personal entertainment bubbles.
Sacramento Republic FC’s 2020 season and scheduled entry into
Major League Soccer have been stymied by the pandemic, but
the team plays on.