Yolo Audubon hosting field trip on Aug. 5

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By John Hansen Special to the Express Yolo Audubon Society will resume offering live birdwatching field trips available to the public. The first event, Napa River at American Canyon, will be held on Thursday, August 5 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and no experience is necessary, but all participants should be vaccinated with a COVID vaccine. Sami LaRocca and John Mott-Smith will lead this approximate 1-mile walk along the Napa River in the city of American Canyon, about a one-hour drive from Davis or Woodland. The walk is on level walking paths beside restored tidal lagoons along the river. This field trip is timed to coincide with the rising tide to observe as many shore birds as possible. Readers may be surprised to learn that fall bird migration will have already begun in our area in early August. The shorebird migration will be well underway, and the group will be looking for sandpipers, godwits, willets, and plovers. Many will still be in their most-colorful breeding plumage. Black-Bellied Plovers are a special treat, and rare birds such as Red Knots are not unusual. Participants should bring binoculars, spotting scopes, drinking water and snacks/lunch. Limited numbers of binoculars are available for loan if requested ahead of time. The group will meet at 7 a.m. at Edgewater Parking Lot in American Canyon. Those who RSVP (text or email) by Aug. 3 will receive directions and a map via email. Unless requested otherwise, a list of participants will also be forwarded to allow people to arrange their own carpools. Contact or RSVP to sami.larocca@outlook.com or 530-908-0288. More information is also available on the websites yoloaudubon.org and facebook.com/yoloaudubonsociety. 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 offers virtual and live events in an effort to educate and inform the public about birds and birdwatching. More information on birds in Yolo County is available at the above websites.

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