Free guided tour of the Davis wetlands on July 6

Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) may be seen at the free, public Davis Wetlands tour on Saturday, July 6 at 9 a.m. Yvonne Hunter/Courtesy Photo

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Yolo Basin Foundation invites community members to experience the diverse wildlife

[caption id="attachment_775675" align="alignleft" width="227"] Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) may be seen at the free, public Davis Wetlands tour on Saturday, July 6 at 9 a.m.
Yvonne Hunter/Courtesy Photo[/caption]

that calls the Davis Wetlands home. On Saturday, July 6 there will be a free, guided tour from 9 to 11 a.m.

Insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals all seek the cool, green habitat offered by Davis Wetlands in the heat of summer. Dragonflies hover, Pacific Chorus Frogs trill and Garter snakes slither near the tule and cattail lined ponds. Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons may wade in the ponds as Tree Swallows soar overhead. Along the tour route, participants may catch a glimpse of the long ears of a hare in the brush.

All those wishing to join the tour should meet a few minutes before 9 a.m. at the gate in front of the Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant, east of the Yolo County landfill on Road 28H. Participants may want to bring a pair of binoculars and water (no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. Most of the tour is by car on gravel roads, with a couple of optional short walks in the wetlands.

This is a free tour. No reservations are required. For more information, call Yolo Basin Foundation at 530-757-3780 before the day of the tour or visit their website at www.yolobasin.org. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month year round.

The Yolo Basin Foundation works in cooperation with the City of Davis to offer the Davis Wetlands tours. 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.

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