2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources IX
Meeting Field Trip


Going Batty in the Bypass
Mexican Free-Tailed Bats and Yolo Bypass Tour


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
5:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost - $65.00

Field Trip Registration Deadline - 6/20/16

Yolo Basin FoundationJoin the American Water Resources Association and Yolo Basin Foundation to learn about and view bats! The Bat Walk and Talk will begin with 45 minute indoor presentation on bat natural history, and integration of the Yolo Bypass to California water resources.

The group will take a bus out to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in California as it emerges in large ribbons to hunt insects at sunset. To get to the bat viewing site, we will travel through leased rice farming fields to an area not open to the public.

The whole experience will take about 3 hours. There is a small amount of walking. Those in wheelchairs or unable to walk may view the bats from the bus.

5:15pm - Bus leaves from Hilton Sacramento Arden West Hotel (2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815)
5:45pm - Nugget Market
6:15pm - Arrive at Yolo Basin Foundation (45211 County Road 32B, Davis, CA 95618)
6:30pm to 7:15pm - Dinner and presentation
7:15pm to 9pm - Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area tour and bat viewing
9:15pm - Bus leaves from Yolo Basin Foundation
10:00pm - Arrive at Hilton Sacramento Arden West Hotel

Articles about the Bat Talk & Walks
"5 places in California to go a little batty," SF Chronicle, 4/13/14 http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/5-places-in-California-to-go-a-little-batty-5394085.php
"A highway, a wetland and 250,000 bats," Bay Nature, 7/26/13 http://baynature.org/2013/07/25/yolo-bats/
"Going Batty," Davis Enterprise, 8/12/12 http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/going-batty-mexican-free-tailed-colony-lives-under-the-causeway/
Yolo Flyway Newsletter, Summer 2011 http://yolobasin.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ybf_battriparticle_2011.pdf