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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area - Site # 211
Within the shadow of the capitol of California, the Yolo Bypass offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year.
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Green Heron & Fish by Cathy Cooper: 287x400 Photo by Ken Ina: 1024x680 Bat fly-out at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Photo by Judi Nicholson: 1024x685.39733333333 White Faced Ibis, by Cathy Cooper: 1024x799.38353765324 Red-winged Blackbird at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Photo by Phil Robertson: 1024x768.22755555556

Background: Thousands of migratory waterfowl descend upon this area during the winter months. Shorebirds, ducks and geese fill the skies with a backdrop dominated by the Sacramento skyline. During the summer,large numbers of Swainson's Hawks can be seen foraging on the periphery of the seasonal wetlands. Thousands of migratory bats live under the Yolo Causeway and together leave their roosts every evening to forage in the local area. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area has pioneered a unique relationship with agriculture, using farming and grazing techniques to meet our habitat goals.

The Habitat: The Wildlife Area is located within the Yolo Bypass, a flood control channel situated upon the site of the historic wetlands of the Yolo Basin. The area is managed primarily as seasonal wetlands that are flooded during the fall, winter and spring months. Seasonal wetlands add up to approximately 5,000 acres. Additionally, there are approximately 300 acres of permanent wetlands. There is riparian vegetation along Putah Creek and Green's Lake.

The Experience: The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is located where Putah Creek enters the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta and the Sacramento River regularly floods vast acres. This combines to make a huge wetland complex with a large number and variety of wildlife.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Auto tour loop, various trails on levees.

Viewing Tips: A monthly docent lead tour takes place on the second Saturday of the month. These tours are led by the Yolo Basin Foundation (YoloBasin.org). Birding is most popular during the fall and winter months. Fishing takes place in the spring and summer months for catfish and striped bass. Hunting programs for ring-necked pheasant, dove, and waterfowl are managed by the Department of Fish and Game.

Site Notes: Visit the flooded wetlands and rice fields during the fall and winter months to view large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds. Raptors are in abundance during this time including peregrine falcon, northern harrier, and many red-tailed hawks.

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area benefits from programs established by the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program. For more information, visit website and for information on endangered species click here

Nearby Viewing Sites: Davis Wetlands, Putah Creek Reserve, Jepson Praire Reserve

Festivals & Events: California Duck Days
Sacramento International Sportsman's Expo
Celebrate Davis

Visitor Information: West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce - (916) 371-7042 - http://www.westsacramentochamber.com/
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Everday
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Year Round: Yes
Seasonal: Occasionally closed due to flooding.

Road Information:   Gravel. 
Road Hazards: ditches, canals
 Number of Parking Spaces: 50
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:close
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: 

Special Tips: Wildlife viewing, bird watching, educational programs, nature exploration, and hunting

How to Get There: From Sacramento, take Interstate 80 west across the Yolo Causeway. Exit on frontage road at west side of causeway. Turn right on Road 32A. Go 0.5 mile under freeway to west levee gate on left side of road. From I-80 eastbound, exit on east Chiles Road/County Road 32B. Turn left at stop sign. Upon reaching the Yolo Bypass levee, turn right to entrance. DFG Headquarters located 1.9 miles away at 45211 Chiles Road (County Road 32B).

Contact Information
Managing Agency: California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Agency Site URL: http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/wa/region3/yolo/index.html
Physical Address:45211 County Road 32B
Davis, CA 95618
Agency 2:45211 County Road 32B
Davis, CA 95618
Manager Phone:(530) 757-2461 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(530) 757-2461
County: Yolo
Addition Website:  www.yolobasin.org