California Duck Days, the annual northern California wetlands festival, is held annually at the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters in South Davis. This family-oriented event is organized by Yolo Basin Foundation and hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Duck Days officially begins with a Welcome Reception the Friday prior to the festival, at the Davis Art Center at F St. and Covell Blvd in Davis.
Each year the evening features an outstanding wildlife art exhibit created by the high school students of the Yolo County, as well as a display of California Junior Duck Stamp art. The reception is free and open to the public.
There are over a dozen field trips to sites around the region, such as waterfowl identification, wood duck box building and dog training. There have also been special workshops with live bats and a falconry demonstration in the field. The Duck Days Exhibits have interactive displays from 20 area environmental organizations and features crowd-pleasing Mallard ducklings, as well as live raptors. Food is available on-site for purchase.
One of the most popular events at Duck Days is the kids' fishing activity. Children may fish for trout in the demonstration wetlands or in a special pond for young children and then have their fish cleaned and packed to take home. There will also be a large mobile aquarium filled with local fish, including many native species, for everyone's viewing pleasure.
The cost of the CA Duck Days activities for 2013 is $20 to $25 a person, depending on the number of field trips attended, and children under 16 are FREE when accompanied by an adult. All participants are encouraged to pre-register due to limited space on field-trips.
Duck Days is held at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45211 County Road 32B in Davis, CA.
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2012-02-17 21:49:11 I bought tickets for the 2012 Duck Days event, on 1-25-2012, but only received a confirmation through e-mail. Are we supposed to get tickets through regular mail?
E-mail: "Constantia Oomen,
Thank you for buying tickets from Yolo Basin Foundation. Your total is $46.00. Please note that the charge will appear as Ticket Turtle (our ticketing service) on your statement.
Ticket Information Performance: DD: Mystery Bird Trip Saturday, February 25th, at 7:00 am [...and more]"
2012-02-18 20:16:12 Hi Constantia, I'm forwarding your question to the organizers at Yolo Basin, but I believe you pick up the physical tickets when you check in at the event itself. Let me get your question to the coordinators and I'll let them know that this isn't readily clear! —KelseyCondell
2012-02-18 23:41:20 @ KelseyCondell Would be great, yeah! I guess we won't receive them through regular (snail) mail anymore (because it's next week). There was this possibility to print the receipt, but there's really not much on it (it's almost empty). Thanks! —ConstantiaOomen
2012-02-23 15:39:05 I have received a very friendly and informative e-mail of Lori about the Californian Duck Days. Maybe it's good to post it here, in case somebody missed the e-mail or something:
February 22, 2012
Thank you for signing up for a Yolo Basin Foundation event. You are
participating in the following:
2012 CA Duck Days - Attendees
2/25/2012 Participants: 2
Participant Type: Pay
Mystery Bird Trip (7:00am to 4:00 pm)
Participant: Constantia Oomen. Number signed up = 2
After parking, please come to the Registration area to sign in and pick up
your Duck Days Packet.
If you are registered for a field trip, please arrive at least a half hour
before the field trip is scheduled to begin.
There may be a wait list for some field trips so it is important to check
If you have any questions, call 530-757-3780.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at California Duck Days!
Office Manager —ConstantiaOomen
2012-02-23 17:49:17 What's this with the hunting of all these beautiful birds at the Yolo Basin? http://www.yolobasin.org/documents/1-23-2012.pdf I certainly can't agree on that one and it's a real shame people are doing this. My husband and I are vegan and for a good reason... —ConstantiaOomen
Recreational hunters are one of the nation's leading contributors to conservation efforts through a combination of licensing and stamp revenues, private donations, and the lobbying efforts of hunter based organizations like Ducks Unlimited. Feel free to pat yourself on the back for being a vegan, but you should also thank the people who actually do something to ensure the future of our wetlands and other wild spaces. — mikeycrews