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Member Tour: Adaptation in Yolo Bypass

  • Yolo Basin Foundation 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road) Davis, CA 95618 (map)

AWRA NorCal Presents

Adaptation in Yolo Bypass

Covering 25 square miles and home to nearly 200 species of birds, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is located in the heart of one of the country’s richest agricultural areas, alongside one of America’s busiest people throughways I-80, and next to a bustling metropolitan area, Sacramento. It is one of the largest public/private restoration projects with nearly 17,000-acres of land in the Yolo Bypass floodway restored to wetlands and other associated habitats, with more restoration in the works.

Yolo Basin Foundation will guide our tour of the Wildlife Area, demonstrating how the Yolo Bypass has adapted to flood control, agricultural, and ecosystem priorities. We’ll view flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests; and look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors, and wading birds.

Transportation and Directions

Transportation to the site is not provided. Travel time from downtown Sacramento is only 45 minutes. We will caravan onsite to 3 or 4 locations. Please bring water, snacks, weather protection, closed toe shoes, and binoculars (if you have them). 

Directions: From Sacramento take I-80 West. At the west end of the Yolo Causeway bridge take the first exit (County Road 32A, East Chiles Road). Turn right at the end of the off-ramp and go under the freeway. Turn left onto the levee and enter the Wildlife Area on the left.

Tour Registration - AWRA NorCal Members

For AWRA NorCal section members only. We request an optional $5 donation to the Yolo Basin Foundation.

This tour is limited to 20 members, register to reserve your spot today!

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photo credit: Dave Feliz