Help Improve Wildlife Habitat in the Putah – Cache Bioregion

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Courtesy photo Tanya Meyer from Yolo County Resource Conservation District demonstrates proper plug planting technique to Winters High School students at the Winters Putah Creek Nature Park upland extension.

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Putah Creek Council is celebrating February, the month of love, by showing love to the wildlife and waterways of the Putah-Cache bioregion. Inpartnership with the Cache Creek Conservancy, Yolo County Resource Conservation District, UC Davis, and the City of Winters, the Council is hosting special volunteer opportunities this month along Putah Creek and its neighboring creek, Cache Creek. The Putah and Cache Creek watersheds form a single bioregion, or area sharing similar geology, hydrology, flora, and fauna. The forests that grow along these streams support a high diversity of birds, mammals, and insects. Community members are invited to help harvest wild rose crowns at either the UC Davis Riparian Reserve, and/or join us to plant the harvested rose crowns at Putah Creek Nature Park in Winters.

“The Valentine’s wild rose harvest/planting are some of our favorite annual volunteer events. This native plant is easy to collect and replant, where it quickly re-grows to provide cover and food for songbirds and other wildlife,” says Brian Keeley, Putah Creek Council Stewardship Assistant. “It’s also a fun way to extend the Valentine’s Day celebration – bring your sweetheart!”

We will also be traveling to Cache Creek Nature Preserve to help “plug plant” native grasses, sedges, and herbaceous flowering plants to improve wildlife habitat along Cache Creek in Woodland. Plugs are tiny seedlings that are easy to plant and grow quickly into full-sized plants. These native plants will replace invasive non-native species like Himalayan blackberry and smilo grass, provide food and shelter for wildlife, help protect stream banks against erosion, and improve water quality.

Volunteer opportunities in February are scheduled for the following days:

  • Wild Rose Planting at Winters Putah Creek Nature Park, Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m.–noon.
  • Putah Creek Nursery Event, Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m.–noon.

Putah Creek Council will provide all the plants, tools, gloves, and other supplies. Please dress appropriately for the weather in clothes that can get dirty and wear closed-toe shoes. These are “rain or shine” events, and we will provide mud boots and ponchos if needed.  For more details and to register in advance, please visit www.putahcreekcouncil.org or call 530-795-3006.

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