WILLOWS, Calif. - Hundreds of thousands of snow geese make our area home during the winter months, and they’re bringing with them tourism dollars.
Representatives at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge told Action News Now the birds play an invaluable role in supporting the local economy and environment.
Biologists counted roughly a million birds coming through the North State in December alone. Only 600,000 will survive the long migration. Some 377,000 of those birds counted were ducks and snow geese.
Action News Now spoke with several business owners who said they have seen customers come from all across the country and even as far as Amsterdam. Refuge representatives said some 200 thousand visitors come through the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge complex every year to see the animals.
The birds begin their 3,000-mile flight back north for the summer starting February.
If you’d like to visit the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and see all the birds before they’re gone, you can get a day pass to visit the refuge for just $6.