Yolo Audubon offering field trip to Cache Creek

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Wood Ducks are common at Cache Creek Nature Preserve (Ken Ealy/Courtesy photo)

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By John Hansen
Special to the Express

Yolo Audubon Society will offer a field trip on Saturday, April 16. The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is necessary. All levels of birders are welcome.

Harnawaz Boparai will lead the trip to Cache Creek Nature Preserve, located just off the Cache Creek Watershed in Woodland. The walk will be on established trails that are mostly flat.

Cache Creek Nature Preserve, a private/non-profit outdoor preserve, has gone through more than 25 years of habitat restoration work. The group will be looking for resident species and those that winter here. A combination of wetland, riparian forest, creek, and grassland habitats will provide an opportunity to see a variety of birds.

Wood ducks, tree swallows, western kingbirds, pied-billed grebes, and lots of red-winged blackbirds are common. There are also occasional sightings of ash-throated flycatchers, American white pelicans, white-faced ibis and common gallinules.

The group will meet at 7 a.m. at the parking lot of Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 Co Rd 20, Woodland. The trip will conclude at around 10 a.m. Participants should bring water, binoculars and spotting scopes. There is also a limited supply of additional binoculars as loaners. Rain or strong wind would cancel the trip.

Additional information and contact information can be found at yoloaudubon.org or yoloaudubon.facebook.com. Yolo Audubon, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster an appreciation of birds and conservation in Yolo County. The group is offering live and virtual events in an effort to educate and inform the public about birds and birdwatching.

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