Yolo Basin Foundation docents will lead a free public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Saturday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Waterfowl are abundant in the Wildlife Area during the winter months. Ducks, geese and swans comprise a single bird family, Anatidae. Physical similarities include short legs, a straight bill and dense plumage with heavy down. Differences include physical size with ducks generally being the smallest and swans the largest. Swans have the longest necks.
Of the three swans in North America, the Tundra Swan is the only one seen in the Wildlife Area. Like geese, they fly in “V” formation, but swans can be recognized by the fact that they fly with outstretched necks. Tundra Swans are all white with a black bill, legs and feet. They breed in the arctic tundra with clutches of three to five eggs. Although adult swans feed on aquatic vegetation, young swans largely eat aquatic invertebrates in their first month of life. Other species that may be seen on this tour include Western Meadowlarks, Northern Pintails, Snow Geese, White-fronted Geese, American Wigeon and Northern Harriers.
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. Directions to the YBWA are also available on Yolo Basin Foundation’s website at www.yolobasin.org. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lands Passes are not required for participants while on Yolo Basin Foundation’s educational events such as the public tours.
Participants should bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and short walks. For more information, call Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780 or visit www.yolobasin.org.
Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Photo credit: Dave Feliz
Saturday, January 13 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area