Area Tours2018-10-12T19:52:03+00:00

Area Tours

Birdwatching Tour

8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This year, the SETAC birding group will explore the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, a 16,000-acre wetland located in the heart of the Pacific Flyway. This ambitious flood control and habitat restoration project has led to the creation of one of the key freshwater marsh ecosystems in California. It is home to nearly 200 species of birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, neotropical migratory birds and raptors. Winter ducks such as Northern Pintail and Northern Shoveler are particularly well-represented, as well as Snow and Greater White fronted Geese, Cinnamon Teal and Aleutian Canada Geese, and Thayer’s Gulls. An impressive 37 species of shorebirds have also been recorded in this area, including American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Western and Least Sandpipers, Dunlin and Wilson’s Phalarope. Unusual species such as Ruff are annual. Apart from birds, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is also a haven for fish, invertebrates, snakes, turtles, toads, and bats.

Our trip will be assisted by guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society, a local non-profit birding organization. The society’s missions are to promote the protection and scientific study of wild birds, provide leadership in the conservation of open space in the Sacramento region, and provide and support environmental educational opportunities.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Tour will depart from and return to the Sacramento Convention Center.

By 15 August By 19 September On-site
US$30 US$40 US$50

Clarksburg Winery Tour

10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Uncrowded and unspoiled, Clarksburg features beautiful landscapes, country roads, quaint wineries and tasting rooms that transport visitors to an entirely different environment. Only 20 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, we welcome visitors to experience the authentic, laid back charm and hospitality that Clarksburg has to offer.  We’ll visit two wineries on our visit as well as enjoy lunch together.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Tour will depart from and return to the Sacramento Convention Center.

By 15 August By 19 September On-site
US$100 US$115 US$130

Sacramento Running Tour

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

More than 50 local, national and international artists transformed the streets of Sacramento for the Wide Open Walls mural festival during August 2017. Our running tour will explore Sacramento’s newest street art pieces around downtown. Guests will learn about the artwork, artist inspiration, as well as the history of street art in Sacramento and the evolution of street art around the world. This route will cover approximately three miles and will not be timed. A complimentary tee shirt is included with the run.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Tour will depart and return to the Sacramento Convention Center.

By 15 August By 19 September On-site
US$30 US$30 US$30

DRAAWP Research Tour CANCELED

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Delta Region Areawide Aquatic Weed Project (DRAAWP) has organized a tour of their research and selected operational areas along the river system in the vicinity of Sacramento. DRAAWP is a partnership of researchers, water resource managers and municipal organizations that are combatting invasive aquatic weeds in the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta system. Floating water hyacinths and a handful of other invasive aquatic plants are rapidly growing invasive species that not only clog navigation but also degrade water for human use as well as for species like the ESA-listed Delta Smelt. DRAAWP’s tour stops will be centered around their research, mitigation of the hyacinth and improvement of habitat for native species. The tour will be by van, with several informational presentations, field and laboratory stops, and will include lunch sponsored by the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation.

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