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Public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Snow Geese can be seen in flying high in a rough “V” formation over the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Yolo Basin Foundation volunteers will lead a free public tour of the YBWA from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 9. / Photo by Cathy Kreitzer

Snow Geese can be seen in flying high in a rough “V” formation over the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Yolo Basin Foundation volunteers will lead a free public tour of the YBWA from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 9. / Photo by Cathy Kreitzer

Amidst the thousands of migratory waterfowl that have descended on the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area are noisy, swirling flocks of Snow Geese. The Yolo Basin Foundation invites members of the public to view these and other seasonal visitors during a docent-led tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m.-noon.

Snow Geese are medium-sized geese can be identified by their white plumage and black wingtips in flight. The darker, blue morph has a white head and throat with a grey-brown body. This rare variant may be spotted among a flock of the white birds. Snow Geese breed in large colonies on arctic tundra and mate for life. Family groups travel south together. Snow Geese have an exclusively vegetarian diet that includes a range of aquatic plants, grasses, and grains.

All interested tour participants should meet a few minutes before 9 a.m. in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Directions to the YBWA are also available on Yolo Basin Foundation’s website at

Participants should bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and short walks. For more information, call Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780 or visit

Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Family-Friendly Santa Sunday Returns to Yolo County Historical Museum on December 10

For first time, visitors may bring their dogs for separate professional photography session

IMG_6113The Yolo County Historical Museum (YHCM) welcomes visitors of all ages on Sunday, December 10, 2017, for Gibson House’s annual Santa Sunday photography event from 10 am to 2 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum’s children’s education program.

Santa will arrive at 10 am to visit and take pictures with children and families until 2 pm (guests must take their own photographs). Families are encouraged to stay and indulge in hot chocolate and coffee and to purchase home-baked goodies. Ornaments will be provided to decorate and take home, and Gibson House gardeners will be on hand to sell select plants.

“This is a special opportunity to celebrate the season, get to know or revisit an historical landmark, and feel proud about contributing to education,” said YHCM Executive Director James C. Glica-Hernandez.

For the first time, families may take photos with their dogs in a festively decorated area of the Dairy. A professional photographer will be on hand to take these pictures for $20 per image. You’ll be able to download your photo for free after the event. Dogs must be leashed.

“We’re now in our eleventh season of Santa Sunday, and we are thrilled to open our doors to families once again,” said Karen Lafferty, president of the Board of Directors. “We hope people of all ages will come out and capture the magic of the holiday season at Gibson House.”

Students from around the county experience the history that is brought to life at Gibson House as part of the museum’s education program. Each year, the education program brings in approximately 1,200 third graders and teachers to tour the museum, barns, blacksmith shop, dairy, and grounds. Nearly twenty retired volunteers from Davis and Woodland, all from educational and professional backgrounds, enthusiastically show, tell, and guide the children during their visit to the museum. Children learn how to churn butter, wash and wring laundry, push a plow, and listen to the oral history of the Gibson family and Yolo County farmstead life of the 1800s.

The cost to meet and take your own photos with Santa is $10 for one child, and $5 per additional child in family. All children who participate in the Santa photos are also invited to make a complimentary ornament at the craft station. The museum asks that visitors remember to bring their own cameras for the photos with Santa. The museum is located at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland.

The beautiful Greek Revival mansion, with its iconic white columns, was the home of William Byas and Mary Isabelle Gibson. Once part of a 2,400-acre farm, the home started out as a little one-room house in 1857, going through several renovations and additions until the main construction was finished in 1877.

The mission of YCHM is to preserve and protect the historical heritage and culture of Yolo County. School tours for students from throughout the county are the highlight of the museum’s educational programming. For more information about the museum, the children’s educational program, or Santa Sunday, please call (530) 666-1045 or visit

Dogs must be leashed and are not allowed inside Gibson House.


West Sacramento Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec 1

The annual holiday tree lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 in front of city hall as the streets will transform into an event all generations in West Sacramento will enjoy and remember.

There will be live music and entertainment, local snacks, shopping with local makers, free kids activities including holiday coloring station… and of course free pictures with Santa and the annual tradition of lighting our community holiday tree.

So, come and unite with your community members from all over West Sacramento for a fun and free event in front of City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave. from 6 to 9 p.m.


West Sacramento gets funding for bike/pedestrian freeway overcrossing

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing Conceptual drawing-looking to the west.

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing Conceptual drawing-looking to the west.

The City of West Sacramento has been awarded funding to construct the Sycamore Trail Pedestrian Overcrossing which will connect the City’s north and south neighborhoods. The California Natural Resource Agency awarded the City approximately $5.1 million dollars to construct a bicycle and pedestrian route over Highway 50 connecting Joey Lopes Park to Westmore Oaks Elementary School. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing is currently in the design phase, which is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Construction is anticipated to be completed by spring of 2020. Total Project cost is approximately $ 6.3 Million.

“For a century, our city has been divided north and south by state and federal transportation infrastructure, so this is a particularly welcome step by the California Natural Resources Agency,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This critical trail overpass reconnects neighborhoods and links people with schools, parks, amenities, and each other as part of West Sacramento’s expanding pedestrian and bike network.”

The City has recently completed several projects to increase bike travel in West Sacramento including the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and the Linden Loop Road Diet. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing project further implements the vision of the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan which aims to provide safe and convenient mobility options for residents.

Earlier this year, West Sacramento installed bike share stations in eight locations as part of the Tower Bridge Bike Share program. 50 bikes are currently available for use. Electric rental bikes are being added at these locations in the spring of 2018.