Tour the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon with experienced docents to witness the springtime changes! Tule and cattails are reaching their new green growth skyward while the willows and cottonwoods are sprouting leaves. The bird species in the Wildlife Area are shifting as well. As winter migrants like Northern Shovelers and Pintails are beginning their journey north, our summertime visitors such as Swainson's Hawks and shorebirds species are returning! Nests are being built, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the area truly feels like spring.
All interested tour participants should meet a few minutes before 9 a.m. in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Directions to the YBWA are also available on Yolo Basin Foundation’s website at www.yolobasin.org.
Participants should bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. For more information, call Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780 or visit www.yolobasin.org.
Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Photo: Jo Ellen Ryan