At the Ukiah Waste Water Treatment Plant, or UWTP, you can probably see more species of birds in less time than anywhere else in the Ukiah valley. Its habitat range is outstanding. UWTP features four settling ponds, beautiful stands of mature valley oaks, blackberry thickets, and mature pear orchards across the fence. All this along a wooded stretch of the Russian River. The sludge pond near the entrance is edged with cattails and shrubby vegetation, while the three large percolation ponds to the east are more open. At times, one or more of the perc ponds will be emptied, providing nice mud flats and dried weedy areas. UWTP is a great place to check for migrating warblers and shorebirds in spring and fall, ducks and grebes in winter, and breeding Black-headed Grosbeak and Common Yellowthroat in summer. County rarities seen here include Ross’s Goose, Blue-winged Teal, American Bittern, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Swainson’s Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Solitary Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Black-headed Gull, Northern Shrike, Horned Lark, Tennessee Warbler, Palm Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrow. This is a good place to look for Peregrine Falcon.
Directions and Hours: UWTP is located at 300 Plant Road. Take the Boonville exit off Highway 101 and turn right (north). The first street on your right is Plant Road: there’s a flashing yellow light at the intersection. The plant is at the end of the road. YOU MUST CHECK IN AND OUT. The sign-in sheet is in the lobby of the new main office on the right as you enter.
Best Time for Viewing: UWTP is open from 7AM to 3PM every day.
For More Information, Contact:
Peregrin Audubon Chapter