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."