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Manfred Kusch

Manfred was a very early Putah Creek Council Steering Committee member and was one of several Putah Creek landowners who were involved in the early years. To help publicize Putah Creek Council, Manfred and former Winters-resident, Paul Kaiser, built Wood Duck boxes to be installed along Putah Creek by volunteers. He helped with mailings, with fundraisers and he wrote letters to the editor of local papers and testified at the trial about the effect the drying up of the creek was having on the vegetation and wildlife on his section of Putah Creek.   

Manfred came to Davis in 1971 to teach French at U.C. Davis and he retired in 2002. In 1986, he and his wife, Jamie Madison, and Jamie's brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Diane Madison, purchased 42 acres of land along the south bank of Putah Creek downstream of Stevenson Bridge. They built homes, established farms and created lovely gardens on what had been fallow ag fields filled with star thistle. 

An avid birdwatcher and photographer, Manfred continues to be involved with and support Putah Creek Council and the Yolo Audubon Society. He graciously makes his lovely gardens and property along Putah Creek available to birdwatching tours and for Putah Creek Council celebrations, events and reunions. 

Listen to Manfred's oral history recordings below. 

Read Manfred's oral history transcript.