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Fall is a great time to visit the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

By From page A4 | November 03, 2013

With the calls of thousands of ducks, undulating flocks of Brewer’s and red-winged blackbirds, the brilliant white plumage of great and snowy egrets, and swift, powerful birds of prey waiting for the right moment, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is full of the sights and sounds of fall.

Yolo Basin Foundation docents will lead a public tour of the Wildlife Area on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The great egret, which is the most visible and commonly seen bird in the Wildlife Area, can stand up to 3½ feet tall and has a wingspan of more than 4 feet. A yellow bill helps differentiate them from the similar but smaller snowy egret, whose bill is black.
Like all egrets and herons, great egrets are carnivores, feeding on crayfish, amphibians, invertebrates and small fish and mammals. Due to popular fashion trends of the late 1800s, the great egret was nearly hunted to extinction for their long, white breeding plumes.

Yolo Basin Foundation and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife welcome members of the public to view these and other species on the monthly public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. 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 bridge. Directions to the Wildlife Are are also available on Yolo Basin Foundation’s website at www.yolobasin.org.

Participants should bring binoculars, water (there is no potable water on site) and a field guide. Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and short walks.

A $5 donation is suggested from all trip participants. Children under 12 and Yolo Basin Foundation members are free.

Tours run rain or shine and no reservations are necessary.

For more information, call Michael Herrera at 530-757-1018 or visit www.yolobasin.org.

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