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Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5
Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

DAVIS - The City of Davis Wetlands is open to the public for a monthly guided tour on Saturday March 5 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. These specially created wetlands use treated waste and storm water to create habitat for year round residents and migrating birds wintering in the Davis area.

Killdeer abound at the entrance to the Davis Wetlands, running in spurts under the solar panels. Their distinct call, kill-deer, can be heard repeatedly as they circle above on slender, rapidly-beating wings. These tawny shorebirds, slender members of the plover family, have two distinct, black breast bands and a red eye-ring.

Although many species of waterfowl are starting to return to their nesting areas in the north, a wide variety of ducks can still be seen at the Wetlands. Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails and Buffleheads were recently sighted.

All those wishing to join the tour should meet a few minutes before 9:00 a.m. at the gate in front of the city's wastewater treatment plant, east of the Yolo County landfill on Road 28H. Participants should bring their own binoculars, water (no potable water on site), and field guide. Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. Most of the tour is by car on firm gravel roads, with a couple of optional short walks in the wetlands. A portable toilet is available on the route.

To reach the waste water treatment station heading north from Davis on Poleline Road (going toward Woodland), turn right on Road 28H and go 3 miles east, just past County Road 105. If traveling west on I-80, take the Mace Blvd. exit and turn right (north). Take the first right (32A) and proceed to Road 105 and take a left. Travel to Road 28H and turn right. The group meets at the gate east of the intersection.

This is a free tour. No reservations are required, and the tours run rain or shine. For more information please call Heidi Satter at (530) 757-4828 or visit the Yolo Basin Foundation website at www.yolobasin.org.


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