Bicycle Open House at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Sat. Sept. 29

Contact person: Ann Brice 530-758-0530
Event Date & Time: September 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

Yolo Basin Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Game invites community members and their families to participate in the first bicycle open house to be held at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on September 29th from 9am to 1pm.

This is a chance to get to know the Wildlife Area from a different vantage point. Volunteers from the Yolo Basin Foundation will meet participants at Parking Lot A with maps and suggestions for routes.

People may choose to bicycle several miles on the public auto tour loop as well as through some areas normally only accessible by foot.  Fall migration is starting and there are ample opportunities for waterfowl and shorebird viewing.

For those with younger children who may not want to bike too far there will be shorter loops available, and education docents will have science activity stations set up at three locations to encourage children to learn more about the wonders of wetlands.

According to Jeff Stoddard, the manager of the Wildlife Area, “We hope this will be a fun day for families to get a feel for this wonderful resource as well as getting some exercise,” and he added, “My wife and I are bringing our three kids and all their gear!”

Because the roads are all gravel or dirt, wide tires are encouraged.  All children must wear helmets.  Other important things to bring include sunscreen and water.

Directions to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area can be found by going to the Yolo Basin Foundation website at www.yolobasin.org. (BikeDavis note: See the location on Google Maps.)

The Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Game.

(This paragraph was labeled as a “photo caption” although the photo seems to be missing): The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Bicycle Open House will feature science activity stations along the route.  Pictured left to right in the rear are Corky Quirk, Yolo Basin Foundation Education Associate and Jeff Stoddard, Wildlife Area Manager; in the front are Coleman Bohl, 14, Bailey Allen, 5, and Malia Hewitt, 6, all of Woodland.

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