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I-5 between Sacramento and Redding parallels one North America’s great wildlife migration routes.  Known as the Pacific Flyway, it runs the length of the Central Valley, where the birds find plenty of food and water.  Once composed of oak woodlands, grasslands and marshes, this area now grows rice, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.


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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge headquarters  752 County Rd 99W.  Maps are available on the website.  Bring binoculars.

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge  Hwy. 20 exit, 15 mi. S of town, just N of Williams.  Free.  This refuge is about 7 miles off the freeway.  It has a 3-mile gravel loop drive, a viewing platform near the start, and a 1-mile walking trail. 

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge  Norman Rd./County Road 68 exit, 5 mi. S of town.  Fee.  This refuge has a 6-mile automobile tour that loops the marsh along a dirt levee road with two lookouts, a viewing platform, and a 2-mile walking trail.  It was here that Alfred Hitchcock shot the final scene for The Birds.


Black Bear Diner  246 N Humboldt,  (530) 934-3797.

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