Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area

Davis, California 95617

Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area

Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"At the time of its completion in 1997, the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area was the largest wetlands restoration project in the western United States. It consists of 3,700 acres lying entirely within the Yolo Bypass, which is a flood control project constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In flood years the wildlife area is completely submerged; in others, it receives no floodwaters at all. Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area has been classified as a Globally Important Bird Area because it provides habitat for a globally significant number of waterfowl, continentally significant numbers of Least Sandpipers and Northern Pintails, and nationally significant numbers of Canvasbacks, Dunlin, and American White Pelicans. The Yolo Basin Foundation helps to provide interpretive services and field trips for the wildlife area. In February each year, the foundation sponsors a major wildlife celebration, headquartered in Davis, called California Duck Days. Specialty birds: Resident—White-faced Ibis, Western Meadowlark. Summer—Cinnamon Teal, Western Kingbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bullock’s Oriole. Winter—Greater White-fronted and Ross’s Geese; Sandhill Crane; Long-billed Curlew; Short-eared Owl; Tricolored Blackbird. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area Reviews

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I drove by for nearly two decades before checking it out. We now do this drive a couple times every winter when there's plenty of water. The bird life is amazing. We especially like raptors and you'll not find a place with as many Northern Harriers. You'll also see every kind of water fowl possible and even a Great Horned Owl or two.
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Wildlife viewing is best while driving on gravel road unless you have ninja skills. We saw a few ducks and birds while walking, but before leaving we took a drive on the gravel road and saw many more birds than on our walk. I think the birds are more affraid on hikers than pick-up trucks.

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Trail Information

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Best November through January for wintering waterfowl.
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Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area.
Local Contacts
DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
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