Photo © Lyle & Deanna Madeson
Located along the Pacific Flyway, Lake County hosts more than 300 species of birds. With diverse landscapes sprawled around Clear Lake - the largest natural freshwater lake in California and possibly the oldest in North America - birds and other wildlife make Lake County their home throughout the seasons.
At Rodman Slough, visitors can view great blue heron and great egret nesting colonies, a variety of waterfowl, hawks, and an occasional bald eagle. Arriving in large numbers in the fall, flocks of American white pelicans stay through the winter to late spring.
Rodman Slough is perfect to explore via kayak or canoe. The Lake County Land Trust also administers the adjacent Rodman Slough Preserve, and hosts guided nature and bird watching hikes every Saturday morning. The walks lasts approximately 90 minutes, and begin at 8:00 a.m. June - August, 9:00 a.m. September - May and meet at the Rodman Slough Preserve Nature Center, 6350 Westlake Road in Lakeport.
For more information on birding and bird watching opportunities in Lake County, visit the Redbud Audubon Society website at http://www.redbudaudubon.org
Best Time for Viewing: Before 10:00 a.m.
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: Year-round, but in fall, winter, and spring migrating waterfowl are particularly plentiful
Dogs are allowed in private watercraft, but not allowed in the Rodman Slough Nature Preserve.