CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture, and history of our region, begins on Thursday, May 16 with a presentation touching on the birds of Putah Creek.
Just west of Winters, Audubon’s Bobcat Ranch has experienced multiple wildfires in the last five years – beginning with the Monticello fire in 2014. The property also is home to grazing cattle and bird research projects, a combination that sets the stage for interesting scientific revelations. Avian ecologist and UC Davis doctoral candidate Frank Fogarty has been studying the effects of the fires and cattle activity on Putah Creek’s bird communities in the aftermath of the Cold (2016) and Winters (2017) fires. Join us at this event to hear his findings and learn about how these fires have long-term and long-distance effects on local bird populations.
The presentation begins at 7pm at the Winters Community Library Margaret Parsons Room (708 Railroad Ave, Winters).
CreekSpeak events are at 7pm on the third Thursday* of the month, held at the Blanchard Room at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library (315 E. 14th Street) and the Winters Community Library Margaret Parsons Room (708 Railroad Avenue). These talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public. A $5 donation is requested from those who have not yet joined the Council.
The talks alternate between Davis and Winters on the third Thursday of the month*. Additional talks in 2019 will include:
- Putah Creek Interpretive Signage Workshop with Putah Creek Council staff (June 20, Winters)
- The Scaly, the Slimy, and the Many-Legged: Putah Creek's Underloved Critters with Dr. Jason Bond and Justin Clause (July 17, Winters)
- Mapping Putah Creek with JayLee Tuil (August 15, Davis)
- Fish & Flora in a Mediterranean Climate with Prof. Valerie Eviner & Dr. Matt Young (September 19, Davis)
- The Putah Cache Bioregion Project Revisited with Prof. Rob Thayer, Prof. David Roberston, Prof. Peter Moyle, and Dr. Dennis Pendleton (October 17, Davis)
*The July presentation will be on the third Wednesday to avoid conflict with the Winters Summer Concert series.