Archive for Wildlife
Do you like golf and charity? The great outdoors and little critters? Here are two options to fulfill all of the above just in time for spring and right around the bend:
You can help the SSPCA aim for the well being of our furry friends with the first annual PAWS, PALS, & PUTTS Golf Tournament on April 26th at the Del Paso Country Club. Specifically, the benefits proceed the Sacramento SPCA Senior Services, which help facilitate ongoing relationships between seniors and pets. Helping both people and animals… now that’s my cup of tea! For more information, call (916) 383-7387, ext. 9102 or visit http://www.sspca.org.
Or join the Yolo Basin Foundation in rooting for our feathered friends at the PUTTS for DUCKS Golf Tournament, Friday, May 14th at Wildhorse Golf Course in Davis. Proceeds from the golf tournament will fund Discover the Flyway, the hands-on wetlands education program that serves 4,000 students annually. It’s another win-win. Just call (530) 758-1018 or click on http://www.YoloBasin.org.
Do you like Nature? Farm-fresh food? Apple picking? Wine festivals? Water recreation? Do you like to go on nature hikes? See how something’s made? Watch Mother Nature in all her glory?
Flower farms, organic ranches, farmers’ markets, petting zoos, fishing, horseback riding, Green movements… the list is long and so far ever-growing when it comes to the agricultural and nature opportunities in the Greater Sacramento area.
Watch for more comprehensive information to come! In the meantime, pack your binoculars, maps, camera, maybe a picnic… and get ready to get back to the basics… They’re more stunning than you might recall.
The irony may be that hunters are allowed on the land; land which was designated to protect animals. The irony may be that traps are set to protect the little creatures. The irony may be that the land was restored by man to be what it once was before man altered it. The irony may be that Beavers clog the waterways, and people return the next day to unclog them, repeating this behavior like the movie ‘Groundhog Day’.
The irony may seem glaring out here in the Yolo Basin… And yet, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. What at first seems ironic or contradictory may only be partial truths simply submerged.
What’s really going on at the Yolo Basin Foundation, between Sacramento, Davis, Woodland and Winters is really not irony, but exquisite cooperation amongst seemingly-opposite agendas.
When people learn to work together – and bust through the barriers that had seemed indestructible – miracles of compassion and understanding happen. The brilliance and dedication behind the preservation of these wetlands should be inspiration for us all. Believe in a better world until you are living in that better world, and then keep believing, because others will begin to follow.
The Yolo Basin may not look like a miraculous feat to the untrained eye, but looks – as well as our pre-conceived notions – can be deceiving. Just ask the millions of birds that fly overhead each year and stop in for food, shelter and rest. Ask the volunteers who dedicate their days. Ask Bill Clinton. Or just stop into the Yolo Basin Wildlife Refuge for a visit yourself. One conversation with an impassioned tour guide and you’ll begin to see the light.
This is the way to ensure a better future for our children.