Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary
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Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary

The Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to birds year-round, with the ponds providing several different depths of water—such as puddles, shallow water, and six-inch pools—perfect for the different types of birds that land there. The best time of year for bird watching at the Oxidation Ponds is in the late fall and winter, when the concentration of waterfowl is greatest. During this time, the ponds will be full of many species of ducks and, on occasion geese. Spring will bring some migrants to the area.

Learn about other bird-watching locations in Butte County.

Trip Tips

The Oxidation Ponds are no longer open to the public, but you can enjoy guided trips with the local Altacal Audubon Society.

During your visit, keep your distance from the ponds. Stay on the roads and paths. In the winter, it can get very muddy, so you may consider staying on the graveled trails when it is muddy. Make sure you read the rules at the Kiosk which is at the start of the trail to the ponds.

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