CreekSpeak series begins with 'Wildfires, Grazing, and Birds in the Putah Creek Watershed'

The six month series will begin this week.

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CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture, and history of our region, begins on Thursday, May 16 with a presentation touching on the birds of Putah Creek.

Just west of Winters, Audubon’s Bobcat Ranch has experienced multiple wildfires in the last five years – beginning with the Monticello fire in 2014. The property also is home to grazing cattle and bird research projects, a combination that sets the stage for interesting scientific revelations. Avian ecologist and UC Davis doctoral candidate Frank Fogarty has been studying the effects of the fires and cattle activity on Putah Creek’s bird communities in the aftermath of the Cold (2016) and Winters (2017) fires. Hear his findings and learn about how these fires have long-term and long-distance effects on local bird populations.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Winters Community Library Margaret Parsons Room.

CreekSpeak events are at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, held at the Blanchard Room at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library (315 E. 14th St.) and the Winters Community Library Margaret Parsons Room. These 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 2019 CreekSpeak schedule is available at, or by calling the Putah Creek Council office at 530-795-3006.


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