March 3, 2013

Escapes: Point Reyes Birding Festival

POINT REYES - Mark your calendars for the chance to experience Point Reyes' collection of birds at the height of their migration.


Birding festival

Mark your calendars for the chance to experience Point Reyes' collection of birds at the height of their migration.

On April 26-28, the popular seashore destination just north of San Francisco will host a family-friendly festival with more than 70 activities, including field trips and indoor presentations.

Participants will be able to scope out the birds in the area – perhaps migrating shorebirds, lingering wintering waterfowl, raptors and alcids – under the guide of naturalists and listen to those experts deliver lectures. In addition to the birds, expect to see migrating whales and wildflowers, plus the scenic beaches.

For more information and to register, visit


Island getaways

Do some armchair traveling to island paradises. Travelstore and Classic Vacations present a travel talk on Tahiti and Fiji Islands – among the world's most popular honeymoon destinations, but offering beauty for everyone.

A guest speaker comes from the Tahiti Tourism Bureau in Los Angeles. The talk will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Travelstore, 855 Howe Ave., Sacramento.

Participants will receive a discount on future travel to the islands. RSVP to (916) 929-5555.


Wildlife lecture

The Yolo Basin Foundation's Flyway Nights lecture series will offer a chance to learn about the Cosumnes River Preserve, a wildlife area off Interstate 5 just south of Sacramento.

Preserve manager Harry McQuillen will talk about the preserve at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Yolo Wildlife Area Headquarters: 45211 Chiles Road, Davis. A $5 donation is suggested.

Call the Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 758-0530 for more information or check


Archery competition

Enthusiasts will test their archery skills at the annual Oasis Shoot on March 17, sponsored by the Yolo Bowmen Archery Club. Included in the event will be three-dimensional targets and a clout shoot.

The archery range is in Grasslands Park, 30475 County Road 104, Dixon. Registration starts at 7 a.m.

Admission is $8-$23 at the event. There are discounts for members and for purchases made before March 11. A barbecue lunch, refreshments and a raffle round out the day.

For more information, call (530) 979-0309 or visit


Jelly Belly tour

Celebrate Easter weekend at the Jelly Belly visitor center, only a stone's throw from Fairfield.

The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos with visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30. Free tours will show how the famed jelly beans are made. One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. For more information, (800) 953-5592 or visit

– Richard Chang


Tim Swanson, Features Editor

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To submit events or news about travel and recreation activities, travel talks as well as organized day trips with costs up to $100, please send information at least three weeks in advance to Traveler, The Sacramento Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento, CA 95852, fax (916) 556-5625 or email: Priority will be given to events free to the public.

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