Weeding for wildlife volunteer opportunity with Putah Creek Council

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by Amy Williams, Putah Creek Council Stewardship Program Manager

Spring is here, and with it comes wildflowers, birdsong, and weed season. In partnership with the Solano County Water Agency, Putah Creek Council is hosting a special opportunity for volunteers to participate in habitat enhancement near the confluence between Putah Creek and its tributary Dry Creek in Winters. On Saturday, March 23, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., we will be hand weeding around native plants including wild cucumber, mugwort, lupine, sandbar willow, and western goldenrod. These plants support a wide variety of native pollinator insects and other wildlife and are facing stiff competition from fast-growing annual weeds this time of year. Hand-weeding native plants is a low-impact method of assisting their natural recovery. With the weather warming and the forest coming alive after winter dormancy, this is a wonderful time of year to visit Putah Creek and its tributaries. We invite you to join with other community volunteers in experiencing early spring along Dry Creek while making a difference for wildlife.

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

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