Courtesy of "Fish Chris" Wolfgram

Visitors to the Davis Wetlands may see any number of wild birds as the migration season gets under way.

Escapes: See what's visiting the migration station

Published: Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3H

WETLANDS TOUR

The wonder of a white-faced ibis in flight is a sight bird fanciers might see during a free tour of the Davis Wetlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Black-necked stilts, greater yellowlegs and long-billed dowitchers are among the species commonly spotted at the wetlands in September at the beginning of the birds' fall migration.

Anyone wishing to join the tour should meet a few minutes before 3 p.m. at the gate in front of the city's wastewater treatment plant east of the Yolo County landfill on Road 28H.

Participants should bring their own binoculars, water and field guides. Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. Most of the tour is by car on firm gravel roads, with a couple of optional short walks in the wetlands. A portable toilet is available on route. Tours run rain or shine.

This is a free tour. No reservations are required. For more information, call (530) 757-4828 before the day of the tour, or visit www.yolobasin.org.

ARABIAN NIGHTS

Sunset social

Enjoy belly dancing, live Arabian music and Mediterranean cuisine from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek.

The 3.5-acre garden, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, contains hundreds of succulents, including important collections of aloes, agaves, yuccas and echeverias.

Tickets are $15 and parking is free. Food and beverages will be sold separately.

To learn more, go to www.ruthbancroftgarden.org or call (925) 944-9352.

NATURE WALK

Wanda under a full moon

Rangers from the John Muir National Historic Site will lead a free walk up Mount Wanda to watch the full moon rise beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Participants should meet at the Caltrans park-and-ride lot at Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road in Martinez, which can be reached after exiting Highway 4 at Alhambra Avenue.

Hikers are advised to bring water, binoculars, a light jacket and a flashlight. Good walking shoes are recommended because the trail is steep. If it rains heavily, the walk will be canceled.

To learn more, visit www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm. For reservations, call (925) 228-8860.

STREET FAIR

Farewell to summer

Celebrate summer's end in Mardi Gras style Saturday and next Sunday at the Art and Wine Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Broadway between Victoria Avenue and Meadow Glen in Milbrae.

The free event will feature one-of-a-kind crafts, artisan specialty food, music, microbrews, a car show, talent stage, home and garden exhibits and a children's play area.

For festival information, go to www.miramarevents.com/millbrae/about-show.html or call the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce at (650) 697-7324.

FARM FESTIVAL

Homesteading workshop

Love Apple Farms will host a gardening and homesteading festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Participants may attend short lectures and workshops, tour the property and camp on the farm.

A series of workshops will be aimed at children and young adults.

Adult admission is $45 for one day or $75 for two days. Ages 12 to 17 will be admitted for $20 for a single day or $30 for both days. Campsites are $25 for Saturday night only. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

To learn more, visit http://loveapplefarm.typepad.com or call (408) 655-8585.

TRAIN FUN

More runs from Railtown

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown has expanded its schedule for Labor Day weekend, with trains departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and younger. They can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, next Sunday and Sept. 3.

Visitors are encouraged to call (920) 984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org for updated information.

– Linda Beymer

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