The vessel will be either be a twin-engine 57-foot catamaran or a 50-foot custom trawler depending on which is available at the time of the program. Both can accommodate our maximum group size comfortably. Walking up to three blocks on land. Please note: The boat is boarded by using a gangplank. There is a ladder to the top deck or participants may choose to remain on the lower deck.
In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon, potatoes, oatmeal, toast, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll board a vehicle for a quick trip to the Antioch marina where our study cruise vessel awaits. We’ll then head out on the delta waters for our field trip. As we glide along, the captain will provide information and commentary on the migratory birds that pass through these waterways seasonally.
We’ll dock at Rio Vista and disembark. At a nearby cafe, we’ll have a choice of sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages.
After lunch, we’ll explore the Rio Vista Museum which is across the street from the restaurant. The original blacksmith shop was converted into a museum in 1975 and provides a look into Rio Vista's past with exhibits on community history exhibits, period dress, and antique farm equipment. Docents will point out the museum's highlights and answer questions. We’ll then reboard our vessel and continue to explore the waters of the delta. The captain will discuss the habitat favored by migratory birds, their habits, and the delta ecosystems. With luck, we’ll have an opportunity to observe migrating ducks and geese, the greatest concentration in California.
Catered dinner at the hotel.
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.