Summer 2014 Bat Talk and Walks


“Six Bats Flying”
~ photo by Ching Chang

yolosticker-0808 without background_2Join the Yolo Basin Foundation to learn about and view live bats, native to Northern California, at one of our popular summer events.

Event Details: Following a 45 minute indoor presentation on bat natural history, the group will carpool out to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in California as it emerges in large ribbons to hunt insects at sunset. To get to the bat viewing site, we will travel through leased rice farming fields to an area not open to the public.

The whole experience takes about 3 hours. This is a family friendly event! There is a small amount of walking. Those in wheelchairs or unable to walk may view the bats by car. Please let us know if you have special needs.

Tickets: Please see the event schedule below. You may reserve up to six spots per family. Adults are $10 each, children 16 and under are free.

There will be a $2 processing fee for each transaction. All reservations are final. A separate confirmation email will be sent as the event nears, with location and directions to the event.

For Groups: If you wish to bring a larger group (e.g. scouts, PTA school trip, church group, or a bunch of your friends), the cost is $10 per adult, with a minimum fee of $200. Maximum number of attendees is 60. Please contact Corky by email to arrange a private tour.

Bat Talk and Walk Summer 2014 Schedule

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    • Tuesday, July 8th at 6:30 PM
      SOLD OUT
    • Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 PM
      SOLD OUT
    • Sunday, July 20th at 6:30 PM
      SOLD OUT
    • Friday, July 25th at 6:30 PM
      SOLD OUT
    • Thursday, July 31st at 6:30 PM


    • Monday, August 4th at 6:30 PM
    • Wednesday, August 6th at 6:30 PM
    • Saturday, August 9th at 6:15 PM
      SOLD OUT
    • Wednesday, August 13th at 6:15 PM SOLD OUT
    • Friday, August 15th at 6:15 PM
      SOLD OUT
    • Thursday, August 21st at 6:00 PM SOLD OUT
    • Tuesday, August 26th at 6:00 PM SOLD OUT
    • Thursday, August 28th at 6:00 PM SOLD OUT



    • Wednesday, September 3rd at 5:45 PM SOLD OUT
Bat Talk & Walks

    • Wednesday, July 23rd at 6:30 PM
    • Friday, August 8th at 6:15 PM
    • Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00 PM

Special Bats “Fly-in” Event

    • Saturday, September 6th at 6:00 AM(note the morning hour!)

Members can SIGN UP  for one of the free members only dates by contacting Lori Hewitt at 530-757-3780 or by email. (Members may bring up to two guests)


Memberships start at $35. In addition to the free Bat Trips, there are other membership benefits for you throughout the year.

Click here to join now and help support our year-round environmental education programs for all ages!

Bats & Brews with Sudwerk Brewing Co.(beer, food and live music!)
Monday, August 11th, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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batcroppedGaggle of Gathering:
Batty for Bats
with Corky Quirk

Saturday, August 23rd
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $55 (limited to 30 guests)

Be part of an intimate bat experience with Yolo Basin Foundation’s own bat expert Corky Quirk. Following the talk about bats, as the sun sets your private party will enjoy fine wines, hors d’oeuvres and socializing as you await the spectacular fly-out of hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats.

This is one of our Gaggle of Gatherings fundraising events, and proceeds help support the environmental education progams for all ages that are offered by the Yolo Basin Foundation throughout the year.

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  • Monday, July 28th at 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 19th at 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 2nd at 5:45 PM

batshirtwBat T-shirts!

These T-shirts are available for purchase during a Bat Talk & Walk event, and also at our office.

For availability and to order, call 530-757-3780.

Photos of the Mexican free-tailed bats featured on the t-shirt were provided by Ching Chang.

KQED Quest: “Bats Beneath Us”

featuring Corky Quirk, Yolo Basin Foundation’s bat expert

KQED “Science on the Spot” Article and Movie

Additional Bat Links

Articles about the Bat Talk & Walks

  • “5 places in California to go a little batty,” SF Chronicle, 4/13/14 View
  • “A highway, a wetland and 250,000 bats,” Bay Nature, 7/26/13 View
  • “Going Batty,” Davis Enterprise, 8/12/12 View
  • Yolo Flyway Newsletter, Summer 2011 Download pdf

Bat Organizations

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