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RESCHEDULED: Watershed Wonders Hike: Bray Canyon Wildflowers

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Saturday, April 8 | 8:30 am to 3:30 pm | Winters | $75 per person, lunch included.

Could this year’s wildflower explosion in Putah Creek Canyon beat the one in March 2015? Join Putah Creek Council for our first Watershed Wonders event of 2017. Learn about the nature, history and culture of our watershed as we explore Bray Canyon on Audubon California’s Bobcat Ranch with Ranch Manager, Dash Weidhofer.

The 2015 wildflower display followed the Monticello Fire in July, 2014. The Ranch burned again last summer, but this time, it was followed by one of the wettest winters California has seen for many years. We’re hoping the wildflowers will be just as fantastic as they were in 2015! 

This will be a moderately strenuous loop hike of about three miles up the west ridge of Bray Canyon, climbing 900 feet on an old ranch road. With great views of Monticello Dam and Putah Creek Canyon below, we'll have a picnic lunch and then descend another ranch road to the creek at the bottom of Bray Canyon. After a short ½ mile of cross-country hiking through mostly blue oak woodland along Bray Canyon creek, we’ll pick up another fire road for the return to the trailhead.

The hike leaders are Marc Hoshovsky, Tim Messick and Dash Weidhofer.  Marc Hoshovsky has 30 years of experience in California habitat conservation, nature photography, and hiking California’s natural areas. He also has a passion for geology, particularly of the Putah Creek watershed. Tim Messick is a botanist, cartographer, and photographer with over 40 years experience exploring the California landscape. He wrote a local flora of the Bodie Hills (eastern Sierra) and has exhibited photographs in several galleries in the Sacramento area. Dash Weidhofer is the manager of Audubon California’s 6,800-acre Bobcat Ranch, which was purchased in 2007 to promote sustainable ranching and restoration of blue oak woodland and perennial grassland habitat. Dash has nearly a decade of experience managing conservation lands up and down California, with a particular interest in the benefits of regenerative grazing.

We have special permission to lead the group on Bobcat Ranch, which has limited public access. Participants will need to sign an Audubon liability waiver prior to entering the Ranch. 

Participants will rendezvous at the Rotary Park gazebo in Winters and carpool/caravan to the property. Be prepared for a moderately-strenous hike with a 900' elevation gain and some cross-country walking. The trip will take place if there is a forecast of scattered showers or light rain, but it will be cancelled if steady, heavy rain is predicted. A confirmation email will be sent to all participants on Friday, March 24.

Wear: layered clothes appropriate for the weather conditions, sturdy hiking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. 

Bring: a full, refillable water bottle and trail snacks; walking poles if needed, camera, binoculars, wildflower and bird guidebooks, etc. 

Photo Credit: Bray Canyon in Bobcat Ranch - March, 2015. By Marc Hoshovsky


Event Hosted By: Stephen McCord, Putah Creek Council Board Chair

Contact: Stephen McCord at 530-220-3165 |

Cost: $75 per person (includes lunch)All proceeds from Putah Creek Council's Watershed Wonders events go toward our environmental education and community stewardship programs. 

To Register: Click on the "Register Now" button at the top right or bottom left of this page. 

Minimum/Maximum Number of Guests: 8/20 



April 8th, 2017 8:30 AM   through   3:30 PM
Rotary Park
201 Railroad Avenue
Winters, 95694

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Phone: 530-219-8144
Per Person $ 75.00

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