Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Wetlands visitors will see migrating shorebirds

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Greater and lesser yellowlegs can both be seen foraging in local wetlands. Rick Melnicoe/Courtesy photo

Local residents are invited to join docents for a free guided tour of the city of Davis wetlands from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month, year-round.

Migrating shorebirds have begun to return to the Davis wetlands. The visiting species include greater and lesser yellowlegs, least and Western sandpipers, long-billed curlews and Wilson’s phalaropes. Some species will stay in the area until they return to the north in the spring. Others use the area as a stopover point on their migration southward.

The southward, fall migration generally occurs from late June through November. Varying factors such as weather, caloric demands, food supply and competition affect the timing of shorebird migration to and from their northern breeding grounds.

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 northeast of Davis.

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 at 530-758-1018 before the day of the tour, or visit the Yolo Basin Foundation website at www.yolobasin.org.

The Yolo Basin Foundation works in cooperation with the city of Davis to offer the Davis wetlands tours. Yolo Basin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships.

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