CreekSpeak continues with a look at Putah Creek salmon science

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Dr. Anna Steel, a fisheries researcher at UC Davis, will present on Putah Creek’s salmon runs.

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CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six month series of community talks about the nature, culture and history of our region, continues on Thursday, June 21 with an overview of the ongoing research and monitoring efforts focused on Putah Creek’s Chinook salmon.

Through the hard work of a whole community, Putah Creek is being restored to a beautiful, functional river. Each fall it now attracts anywhere from hundreds to thousands of adult salmon who arrive to spawn in the gravel riverbed.

Where did these fish come from? Where are their offspring going? How do we learn about these fish now calling Putah Creek home? Researchers at UC Davis are trying to answer these questions by monitoring the adults and juveniles, by examining the microchemistry of their otoliths (ear bones), and by looking at their genetic relationships to one another.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library Blanchard Room, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis. Our presenter this month is Dr. Anna Steel, a postdoctoral researcher with the Fangue Laboratory at UC Davis. Her research informs fish conservation through examining movement, behavior, and physiology. 

CreekSpeak events are at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, and alternate between the Blanchard Room at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street and the Winters Community Library Margaret Parsons Room, 708 Railroad Avenue. CreekSpeak talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public. A $5 donation is requested from those who have not yet joined the Council.

More information about the 2018 CreekSpeak schedule is available at www.putahcreekcouncil.org, or by calling the Putah Creek Council office at 530-795-3006.

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