The city of Davis and Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents at the city of Davis wetlands on Saturday, Sept. 6, for a free guided tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month all year-round. This is the first afternoon tour of the season.
The southerly fall migration of waterfowl and shorebirds brings a huge variety of birds to the Davis wetlands. The wetlands serve as a stopover for such species as Wilson’s phalaropes, semi-palmated plovers and marbled godwit that are just passing through. Others — like least sandpiper, northern pintail and Wilson’s snipe — will stay in the area until spring.
A semi-palmated plover looks and acts much like a killdeer but is smaller and has only one dark breast band. Killdeer have two. It is gray on top with white undersides, has a short orange and black bill, and a white forehead patch. Semi-palmated is a reference to its feet, which are partially webbed.
All those wishing to join the tour should meet a few minutes before 3 p.m. at the gate in front of the Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant, east of the Yolo County Landfill on County Road 28H. Participants should bring their own binoculars, water (there is 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.
This is a free tour and no reservations are required. For more information, call Michael Herrera at 530-758-1018 before the day of the tour, or visit the Yolo Basin Foundation website at www.yolobasin.org.