Davis Wetlands Tour
Yolo Basin Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Davis, will lead a free guided tour this weekend to view migratory waterfowl that have arrived at the Davis Wetlands.
The new arrivals for winter in Davis are duck species like the bufflehead, green-winged teal and northern pintail. The newcomers will join resident species like cinnamon teal, mallard, killdeer, great blue heron and white-tailed kite.
The cinnamon teal are “dabbling” ducks that feed on the water surface with their bills or entire heads underwater. It is the only duck species with clearly distinct breeding populations in North and South America.
Tour participants should arrive by 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the gate in front of the city’s wastewater treatment plant, east of the Yolo County landfill on Road 28H.
It is advisable to bring binoculars, water and a field guide. Most of the tour will be by car with opportunities for short walks. The tour will proceed rain or shine.
Bucks for Ducks
The Yolo Basin Foundation will host its annual fundraiser Bucks for Ducks on Nov. 13 in the Veterans Memorial Center in Davis from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
In its 19th year, the fundraiser will highlight a photography exhibit called A Focus on Nature. The exhibit features 62 images taken at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area by local photographers. The photographs are purchasable through a silent auction at the event.
The event will include a live auction, a raffle with a grand prize of a photography package and a dinner provided by the Buckhorn Steak and Roadhouse. All proceeds will go towards the foundation’s wetlands education programs.
Yolo Basin Foundation began its Flyaway Nights Speaker Series yesterday with a presentation by Shaun Oldenburger, Wildlife Biologist in the Waterfowl Program of the CA Department of Fish and Game. Oldenburger earned a M.S. in avian sciences from UC Davis.
Experts usually focus on the wetlands and local issues – topics such as avian species, ethnobotany, fish passage or local history.
Flyaway Nights lecture series take place at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month from November to April at the Department of Fish and Game’s Yolo Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45200 Chiles Rd.
Yolo Basin members attend for free, although a $5 donation from other attendees is recommended.
Ben Sacks will present on the Sacramento Red Fox in December.
For more information, please visit yolobasin.org or call (530) 758-1018.
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