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Science Soars at Duck Days

This article appeared in the February 24, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Science Soars at Duck Days

A female mallard duck in flight. Photo by Martin Correns.

 

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

Duck Days, that annual celebration of waterfowl and their environs, is almost upon us, and once again Explorit Science Center will be on hand to share in the science fun. Join us at the Yolo Basin Foundation on Saturday, February 25 for some hands-on feather explorations in their mural trailer, as well as all the Duck Days festivities.

 

Duck Days is an outdoor community festival celebrating wetlands and wildlife hosted by the Yolo Basin Foundation at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters (45211 Co Rd 32B, Davis). The day-long event includes on-site activities and workshops such as meeting baby ducklings or exploring wildlife photography, as well as off-site field trips such as hikes and birding expeditions.

 

Try your hand at trout fishing or discover the nocturnal world of bats. Discover the owls along your daily walk or take a canoe trip on Lake Solano. There’s a field trip adventure for every interest!

 

Explorit Science Center will host a workshop in the mural trailer from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with drop-in interactive activities on the adaptations and functions of feathers. Discover the variety of feathers one bird can have for different functions, and explore how people can use feathers in technology and art.

 

Duck Days kicks off with a reception at the Davis Art Center on Friday, February 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Then Saturday’s activities begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters and continue throughout the day. A full schedule is available at www.yolobasin.org.

 

Tickets for Duck Days are $20/adult (children 17 and under are free) and are available at www.yolobasin.org. At the time of registration, you may also purchase tickets for up to two off-site field trips for an additional $10 per trip.

 

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about some of favorite feathered friends and the wetlands they call home!

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

●      Summer Science Camp registration is coming soon! Details will be coming to www.explorit.org soon. http://www.explorit.org/welcome-to-explorit/programs/summer-camp/summer-and-vacation-classes

●      Save your toilet paper tubes for Explorit! We are almost out of one of our most popular Challenge Center building materials. You can help stock us up by saving your toilet paper and paper towel tubes and bringing them to Explorit’s office at 3141 5th St. during our regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. http://www.explorit.org/support/support/wish-list

●      Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition! http://www.explorit.org/visit

●      Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.http://www.explorit.org/about/board/explorit-board-documents

●      Interested in membership? Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up! http://www.explorit.org/join

●      Birthdays are fun with science at Explorit! Choose Super Birthday Party topics to make this a special event! Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party. http://www.explorit.org/programs/programs/birthday-parties/birthday-parties

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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