Pacific Flyway at Roberti Ranch w/ the Audubon Society

Every year millions of waterfowl go on a commute of thousands of miles and require respite in natural areas with water and sustenance. California ranches often fulfill such needs and have preserved enough pit stops throughout the Pacific Flyway. In fact, many of the ranchers I’ve met are birders who revel in the return of the waterfowl seasonally, know when to expect their arrival and provide habitat to preserve their travels for years to come. In this visit we visit Roberti Ranch in the Sierra Valley, one of these critical pit-stops for waterfowl and talk to rancher Rick Roberti about his infatuation with his annual wing-ed visitors and with Jill Slocum from the Plumas Audubon Society.

Here is a link to the checklist of species of birds Kelby Gardiner of the Plumas Audubon Society spotted during our birding tour at Robert Ranch the day we recorded this episode: https://ebird.org/checklist/S106429469.

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Stories from California Cattle Country takes listeners to some of the most beautiful parts of this diverse state to learn more about the people and practices of ranches and dairies. Follow our host, Ryan as he darts around the state meeting cattle ranchers and dairy farmers learning about the animals and land they care for everyday.

This podcast is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council.