Birding and Ecology in the California Delta by Boat
Explore the California Delta alongside naturalists and learn about this protected region’s myriad birds, diverse ecology, unique museums and complex system of levees.
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Program No. 16891RJ
4 days
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3 nights
8 meals
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Check In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Oakley, CA
Best Western Plus Delta Inn & Suites

Activity note: Hotel check in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Reception: 5:30 p.m. We’ll gather in the restaurant for some relaxed social interaction.

Dinner: Enjoy a catered dinner in the hotel's meeting space with dessert, soda, coffee, tea and water.

Evening: Orientation: 7:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Birding By Boat to Rio Vista, Rio Vista Museum
Oakley, CA
Best Western Plus Delta Inn & Suites

Activity note: The vessel will be either a 50-foot custom trawler or a twin-engine 57-foot catamaran depending on which is available at the time of the program. Both can accommodate our maximum group size comfortably. Walking up to 3 blocks on land.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon, potatoes, oatmeal, toast, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll board a bus and transfer to the marina to board our study cruise vessel. We’ll then head out on the Delta waters for our birding 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.

Lunch: At a café in Rio Vista, we’ll have a choice of sandwiches and beverages.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll explore the Rio Vista Museum, across the street from the restaurant. The original old 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 re-board 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. We’ll return to the hotel at the conclusion of our field trip.

Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel.

Evening: We’ll watch a delightful and informative PBS video on the life of a wood duck family migrating thousands of miles together.

Birding By Boat to Walnut Grove, Birds of the Delta Expert
Oakley, CA
Best Western Plus Delta Inn & Suites

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Retracing our steps, we'll transfer via bus to the marina to board our study cruise vessel. Today we'll continue birding the Delta waterways to Walnut Grove.

Lunch: We'll have a boxed lunch while on board the vessel.

Afternoon: Our birding study cruise continues as we view more migratory birds. We may see multiple species of birds such as hawks, peregrine falcons, owls, tundra swans, snow geese, Canada geese, Sandhill Cranes.

Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel.

Evening: We’ll be joined by an instructor from a local river preserve for a fascinating discussion on birds of the Delta by including the Sandhill Crane population.

Wrap Up Session, Program Concludes
Oakley, CA

Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll have a wrap-up session with our instructor to review program highlights and share our favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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