February 10, 2013

Escapes: Make plans for California Duck Days in Davis

You don't have to drive far to get close to Mother Nature. Spend a Saturday in the great outdoors at the annual California Duck Days festival in Davis.


Duck Days in Yolo County

You don't have to drive far to get close to Mother Nature. Spend a Saturday in the great outdoors at the annual California Duck Days festival in Davis.

Mark your calendars for the annual wildlife festival, which takes place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters in south Davis.

Guides will take you out across the region to "search for elk as well as birds." Special workshops will take place all day, including waterfowl identification and wood duck box-building. Children can also fish for trout in the wetlands and take home the catch for dinner.

Admission is $20 to $25 per person. Children under age 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Early registration is suggested, as space is limited.

The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters is at 45211 County Road 32B, Davis.

For a complete schedule of events and to register, go to and click on "Duck Days" or call the Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780.


Family-friendly Valentine's outing

Needing to make last-minute Valentine's Day plans? Learn how wild animals "find mates, raise families and love" at the Walnut Creek Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Don't worry. All these presentations are family-friendly. You'll get up close and see wild animals just inches away.

"Wild Valentines" is noon to 5 p.m. Thursday-Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, next Sunday and Feb. 18. Museum admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Information: (925) 935-1978 or


Wildflower tours

Head north and tour the wildflowers with California Department of Fish and Wildlife naturalists.

The tours will take place every Saturday in March through early May. Wildflower season starts late February, but the blooms are usually at their peak in April.

The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is not only home to wildflowers. It also affords views of the area's "beautiful vistas, volcanic geology, rare vernal pools and wildlife," according to Fish and Wildlife.

Two tours are offered each Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are each limited to 25 people. Online registration and information is available at, through CDFW Interpretive Services at (916) 358-2869 or by emailing


The art of packing light

Avoid airline baggage fees by relying solely on carry-on baggage without sacrificing plenty of clothing choices.

Holloway Travel Outfitters will provide coaching on how to pack light at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23.

Staff will be on hand to share a Holloway family method to pack for leisure and for business. They say they'll show how to pack a carry-on suitcase with enough outfits for up to 60 days.

Register for the free coaching at, or call (916) 486-9170 or email

The event takes place at 1150 Fulton Ave., Sacramento.

– Richard Chang,


Tim Swanson, Features Editor

(916) 321-1606,

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