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See migratory birds, year-round residents on Wildlife Area tour

Horned larks may regularly be seen at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Jim Dunn/Courtesy photo

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From page A12 | March 31, 2013 |

Yolo Basin Foundation docents will lead a free public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Numerous migratory birds are visiting the Wildlife Area but many species, such as the horned lark, are present all year long.

Although their numbers taper off some during the summer months, horned larks are year-round inhabitants of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Feeding primarily on weed and grass seed, the horned lark is commonly seen foraging on the ground of the Wildlife Area’s Parking Lot B. The male horned lark is easily identified by its black horns, mask and breast patch against bright yellow facial plumage. Female and immature pattern is similar but less dramatic.

The Yolo Basin Foundation and the California 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 participants should meet a few minutes before 9 a.m. in Parking Lot A (the first parking lot with a large notice board) in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway bridge.

Further directions to reach the tour are available on the Yolo Basin Foundation website at www.yolobasin.org.

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. 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 members of the Yolo Basin Foundation are free. Tours run rain or shine, and no reservations are necessary. For more information, call Michael Herrera at 530-758-1018 or visit the foundation website.

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