Early Fall at the PondThe Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden The Friends of West Pond is a volunteer association of people who enjoy the wildlife habitat at the West Area Pond in Davis. The Friends welcome new members and there is no obligation of time or money. While you enjoy spending time here, just keep a watchful eye on wildlife and human activities in and around West Pond and share anything new or different going on. Inappropriate activities should be reported to the Davis Police Dept.
To join The Friends of West Pond email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Send your photos and join the conversation on http://www.facebook.com/FriendsofWestPond
The Pond is an enhanced wetland wildlife habitat, while its primary purpose is to retain stormwater runoff and help prevent flooding. In the dry months, water is provided by a supplementary well at the SW corner of the Pond. The Pond is enclosed by a security fence and is designated a "Wildlife Preserve" and "Sensitive Habitat Area" by the City of Davis. Native trees and shrubs grow on the slopes around the Pond and provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife. The Public Works Dept. manages the water levels and vegetation inside the fenced area and maintains the Greenbelt.
'"CA Coast and Waterways Cleanup Day" takes place each September. We go inside the metal fence around the Pond and pick up trash and recyclables. It's more fun than it sounds! Watch for the announcement in The Davis Enterprise and on our Facebook page.
Join Gene Trapp and Ralph Hunter on the first Wed. of every month for a two-hour birding and botanizing walk in the West Pond area. Walks start at the Gazebo at the park at the west end of Isle Royale Ln. at 9AM, Oct-May, and at 8AM, June-Sept. Walks are co-sponsored by The Friends of West Pond and the Yolo Audubon Society. The beauty of monthly visits to a specific location is an increased understanding of the seasonal variation in plant and animal activities. Please bring a pair of binoculars and join us on these walks.
Updated Checklist of Birds to download and print:Checklist of the Birds at West Pond.pdf
Updated Checklist of Butterflies 2007-present: Butterflies observed in the Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden.pdf
New! Annotated List of Mammals, Herps and Fish at West Pond and Surrounding Neighborhood:Mammal List.pdf
The Greenbelt has paved walkways and several comfortable benches. The small Park at the west end of Isle Royale Lane has picnic tables shaded by a trellis, a lawn for games, and a drinking fountain. At the north end, near the UCD Medical Bldg., there is a second picnic area within a small garden, and a Bocce court for public use. There is a bus stop at the corner of Arlington Boulevard and Shasta Drive for the D K and P lines. You can walk, pedal, or drive to the Greenbelt. There's parking space at the west end of Isle Royale Lane.
Visit the Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden and Native Pollinator Garden
The Friends of West Pond planted the Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden in 2007. You are very welcome to join our garden work parties at 9am on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Weds of the month! Contact <grtrapp AT comcast DOT net> to learn about upcoming events. It's all there on Facebook, too!
Volunteers at the Sept. 2013 West Pond Cleanup Day Canada Geese paddle past a Wilson's Snipe Anna's Hummingbird feeds one of her two fledglings Female Wood Duck checks out this nest box You can hear the Nuttall's Woodpeckers tapping loudly Fall Potluck Picnic, October 2013
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