Aleutian Geese Fly Off
3/4/2017 - 3/5/2017
It’s pre-dawn on a bracing early spring morning at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Tendrils of fog drift across the refuge from the nearby Pacific Ocean. A building symphony of wild geese sounds in the distance fills the ears long before anything can be seen. Suddenly, the first wave of 15,000 Aleutian cackling geese lifts off from their night roost and burst into the air! All eyes are riveted skyward as the geese lift off. The pungent smells of the marsh fill the nostrils. All senses are engaged in the spectacle; observers are left in awe! - Denise Seeger, Visitor Services HBNWR
Family fun activities inside the Visitor Center will take place 7:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Aleutian geese (a sub-species of the Canada goose) are on their annual winter/spring trek from the Central Valley via the Pacific flyway -- to their nesting grounds in the Aleutian islands in Alaska. They stop for only a few months in Northern California and Southern Oregon to feed on grasses rich with protein.
Besides its smaller size than the Canada goose, another way to recognize this cackling goose is by a white collar ring at the base of its long black neck.
This is a FREE event
1020 Ranch Rd
Hookton Road Exit
- Gates open at 5:45am - sunrise is 6:45am event is on rain or shine.
- Watch the geese take launch as daylight begins
- Guided walks at sunrise - Interpretive stations on trail during fly-off
- Fun educational family activities will be offered from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.