Volunteers needed for pollinator habitat project

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Winters High School teacher Kayla Roberts helps a student plant a Valley oak at the Winters Putah Creek Nature Park upland extension.

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by Amy Williams, Stewardship Program Manager

Wednesday mornings in February, 9:30 a.m.– 12 p.m., community volunteers are invited to work together with Putah Creek Council to install, establish, and care for native plants along an upland portion of Putah Creek Nature Park in Winters. This natural area provides open space recreation, wildlife habitat, flood conveyance, and supports pollinator insects. Pollinators like native wild bees and butterflies help support native plant communities, provide a source of food for other wildlife, and perform an essential service to farmers by increasing crop production through pollination.

Winters Middle School and High School students and community volunteers have planted trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses in this area of the park to benefit wildlife and to improve water quality. We are continuing to install native plants to create a pollinator-friendly garden, and we would love your help!

Please register for “Wild Gardening Wednesday” events at www.putahcreekcouncil.org, or by calling 530-795-3006.

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.

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