Thousands of shorebirds are on their way south through the Pacific Flyway, stopping to refuel on the mudflats around Davis.
Western sandpipers, least sandpipers and long-billed dowitchers congregate in large numbers, while less common species such as Baird’s sandpiper and pectoral sandpiper can be mixed in as well.
The Yolo Audubon Society will host a field trip on Sunday, Aug. 17, to view the shorebirds. The destination will depend on water levels, but candidates include the city of Davis wetlands and the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.
The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Mace Boulevard park-and-ride lot, just north of Interstate 80 near Ikeda’s. The trip will last approximately three hours (unless it gets really hot fast).
Participants should bring water and sun protection (there is no shade), and a spotting scope if they have one. There may be some walking on flat terrain.
Heavy rain or wind will cancel the trip.
The trip leader is Michael Strom. Contact him for more information at 408-505-0328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.