Getting on/off shuttle bus; traveling 15 miles to/from marina. Traveling by boat 8 hours. Upon entering the dock gate, there is a declined ramp to the dock followed by a short walk to the twin-engine 57 foot catamaran. The dock does not have handrails. There is one step to board the boat followed by two steps to enter the lower level. There is a steep set of stairs to get to the upper level. In Rio Vista, we will walk approximately six blocks on level terrain. Bring a refillable water bottle.
In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon, potatoes, oatmeal, toast, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
After breakfast, we’ll board our shuttle bus for a short drive to the Antioch Marina where we will transfer to our classroom on the water. As we cruise the California Delta and the Sacramento River, our captain and a local expert will discuss the ecology and history of the Delta. We will sail under one of the many drawbridges that link the delta together. The captain will also point out and discuss the levies as we see the effects of subsidence on the delta islands. We will be on the lookout for the many birds, both resident and winter migrants, that depend on the islands and waterways.
We’ll dock at Rio Vista and walk two blocks to a popular café where we’ll have lunch, which includes a pre-selected sandwich, side salad, and bread and butter, with a beverage choice of lemonade, soda, or iced tea. Water is included.
After lunch, we’ll walk across the street to explore the Rio Vista Museum. Originally a blacksmith shop, the building was converted into a museum in 1975. The museum provides a look into Rio Vista's past with exhibits on community history, period dress, and antique farm equipment. Docents will point out the museum's highlights and answer questions. After a short walk back to the dock, we’ll board our boat and continue to explore the waters of the Sacramento River and the California Delta. The captain and local expert will discuss the habitats favored by migratory birds, their habits, the delta ecosystems, and the industrial usage of the Sacramento River, as we scan the banks for birds and the waters for ducks and the occasional seal.
A biology professor will introduce us to a stealthy and beneficial aviator of the delta that most people do not normally see or notice: bats. Bats are the only mammal capable of true and sustained flight. We will learn why bats are an important part of the delta ecosystem and the ecological threats the species faces.