Free, monthly Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area public tour

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White-crowned Sparrows are found along the edges of low brushy habitat in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. There will be a free, docent-led tour of the Wildlife Area at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 10. Photo by Michael Reinhart

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Yolo Basin Foundation invites members of the community to a free, docent-led tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cooler weather is coming and so are the birds! Northern Pintails, Gadwalls, and Northern Shovelers are returning to the ponds in the Wildlife Area. Additionally, this is the time of year sparrows migrate back to the area. White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) are large sparrows with long tails and bold black and white striped caps. They have grey breasts and the black, brown and white streaked wings typical of many sparrow species. White-crowned Sparrows can be seen hopping along the edges of low brushy habitat and using their short, conical bills to forage on seeds, grains, berries and insects. 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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