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Stories from the valley

Bird Day at Davis Ranches

Contributed by Steve Beckley

I had the opportunity to attend the 10th Annual Bird Day at Davis Ranches in Sycamore, located south of Colusa, on President’s Day.  This Event is held each year to exhibit both the permanent and seasonal habitat that has been integrated into the working ag landscape at the ranch.  Over the past ten years, Davis Ranches has worked with numerous conservation partners to help develop best management practices for birds (including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, upland songbirds) on ag lands. The annual Bird Day is a chance to get landowners, conservation partners, tenants, bird enthusiasts, local community members and kids out to the ranch to experience conservation firsthand. 

It was a great opportunity to experience conservation first hand and see how area rice fields serve as a natural refuge for hundreds of species.

According to Emily James from Davis Ranches, fifty-two guests from five states attended the event and they identified a total of 91 different bird species.