The city of Davis and Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Davis wetlands for a free guided tour. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month all year round.
“In the wetlands, early June marks the peak of the breeding season for swallows and several duck species, including mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall,” says local birder Terry Colborn, a Yolo Basin Foundation board member. “Our resident passerines, like American goldfinch, house finch and savannah sparrow are also on their nests, and most herons, egrets and raptors will be tending to their fledglings while some will be on their second broods already.”
All those wishing to join the tour should meet a few minutes before 9 a.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; no reservations are required. For more information, call Michael Herrera 530-758-1018 before the day of the tour, or visit the Yolo Basin Foundation website at www.yolobasin.org.