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Cosumnes River Preserve - Site # 59
The Cosumnes River is the largest free-flowing Sierran river flowing into California's Great Central Valley. Its floodplain is closer to a natural state than any other in the region.
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Anna's Hummingbird at Cosumnes River Preserve. Photo by Bruce Miller Annas Hummingbird at Cosumnes River Preserve. Photo by Bruce Miller Red-winged Blackbird at Cosumnes River Preserve. Photo by Bob McCleary. Egret at Cosumnes River Preserve. Photo by Josette Buriani Egret and mouse at Cosumnes Preserve. Photo by Robert Lowe Sandhill Crane trio at Cosumnes River Preserve. Photo by Robert Lowe

Background: California's largest stand of valley oak riparian forest borders the largest undamned river. A trail passes a young, restored riparian forest, then moves to reconstructed marshes that attract wintering tundra swans, sandhill cranes, and scores of ducks. Long-billed curlews and other shorebirds forage in pastures and wetlands. River otters, beavers, and muskrats swim in cattail-lined sloughs, passing green herons and wood ducks. Riverside willows, blackberries, and wild grapes give way to an oak-studded savannah, areas favored by black-tailed deer, Nutthall's woodpeckers, and western bluebirds. The tallest trees bear the spring nests of Swainson's hawks.

The Habitat: Oak Riparian Forest (15%)
Agricultural Lands (55%)
Valley Grasslands (20%)
Seasonal Wetlands (5%)
Tidal Wetlands (5%)

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Car - Driving Tour
Trails - 1-mile easy paved Wetlands Walk
3-mile easy dirt River Walk
7-mile moderate dirt Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail.
1/2-mile Boardwalk
Sandhill Crane Viewing Platform
Boating- Canoeing and Kayaking

Viewing Tips: More than 250 bird species. Waterfowl, cranes, wading birds, and shorebirds are seen from October to March, birds of prey from November to April. Songbirds are common in fall and spring. Bring mosquito repellent.

Site Notes: The Cosumnes River is the largest free-flowing Sierran river flowing into California's Great Central Valley. Its floodplain is closer to a natural state than any other in the region.

The Cosumnes River supports a run of Chinook salmon. Mammals include river ottern beaver & muskrat. The rare giant garter snake makes its home in the marshes and adjacent uplands. The riparian forest bordering the river is home to raccoon, black-tailed mule deer, mink and numerous species of songbirds. More than 250 species of birds have been recorded on the Preserve, including several nesting pairs of the threatened Swainson's hawk. Marshes support impressive numbers of greater and lesser sandhill cranes, Ross', white-fronted and Canada geese, tundra swans, and numerous species of ducks. Birds such as great blue herons, black-crowned night herons and white-tailed kites are common.

The Cosumnes River Preserve benefits from programs established by the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program. For more infomration, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/aboutus.html and for information on endangered species http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/#.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Staten Island (part of CRP)
Isenberg Ecological Reserve (DFG)

Festivals & Events: Spring Workday Extravaganza, Lodi Crane Festival, Galt Winter Bird Festival
Sacramento Zoo Wings of Spring, Sacramento Zoo Ear

Visitor Information: Galt Chamber of Commerce - (209) 745-2529 - http://www.galtchamber.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed,Thur,Fri,Sat
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved.  Gravel. 
Road Hazards: 
 Number of Parking Spaces: 75
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Danger: Please do not block the pedestrian crosswalks.

How to Get There: From Sacramento, take Interstate 5 south to Twin Cities Road exit. Drive east 1 mile to Franklin Blvd. Travel south on Franklin Blvd 1.5 miles to the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center, on left.
 

Contact Information
Managing Agency: The Nature Conservancy
Agency Site URL: http://www.cosumnes.org
Physical Address:13501 Franklin Blvd
Galt, CA 95632
Mailing Address:13501 Franklin Blvd
Galt, CA 95632
Manager Phone:(916) 683-1701 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(916) 684-2816
County: Sacramento, San Joaquin
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