First Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area public tour of the season

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Red-winged Blackbirds can be seen and heard at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Join Yolo Basin Foundation docents at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 for a free, guided tour through the Wildlife Area. Photo by Erna Tarara

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Yolo Basin Foundation invites members of the community to attend a free, guided tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Docents will help visitors identify wildlife and provide information about the Wildlife Area. October can be an exciting month for birding in the Wildlife Area with fall migration bringing in a wide variety of species. The recent harvests of wild and white rice provides abundant feeding opportunities for seed, grain and insect-eaters. Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) flock to these newly exposed crop fields and can be seen perched high on cattails and along the tops of trees. They produce a large range of distinct, metallic calls which fill the wetlands. The glossy black males have bright red and yellow shoulder patches. The females are a more subtle dark brown with crisp streaks. 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. Participants may want to 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 optional, 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 expanding public appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife in the Yolo Basin through education and innovative partnerships. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.]]>

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