Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers for wildlife habitat at the native plant nursery

Putah Creek Council is seeking volunteers to help grow native plants for local habitat restoration projects.
Stewardship Assistant Brian Keeley helps volunteers seed western redbud (Cercis occidentalis) at the Putah Creek Nursery.

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Putah Creek Council is seeking volunteers to help grow native plants for local habitat restoration projects. The Council is hosting nursery events every other Thursday evening during the summer in addition to the year-round alternating Saturday morning events.

The plants in the nursery are grown from cuttings and seeds that are collected locally, and are propagated and cared for by community volunteers. Each winter plants are installed along Putah Creek and in the surrounding watershed where they provide food, shelter and cover to native wildlife, improve water quality and enhance aesthetics for creek visitors.

At the nursery, volunteers help with transplanting seedlings into larger containers, processing seeds for storage, weeding, organizing, and clean-up.

“Volunteers love finding out that almost every plant that goes through our nursery is handled by volunteers just like them,” says Brian Keeley, Putah Creek Council’s Stewardship Assistant. “And that appreciation​ grows even deeper (pun intended!) when they learn that the Putah Creek Nursery supports not only the work of the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, but other habitat restoration projects all throughout the Putah-Cache watershed. Nursery volunteers are an essential part of a huge collaborative ecological restoration effort.”

Summer events are scheduled for Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 28, July 12, July 26 and August 9; additionally, Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 28

All events are held at the Lewis Moran CAL FIRE Reforestation Center in south Davis. Directions are provided to volunteers upon registration. All ages welcome, including supervised children under 12 years old. Putah Creek Council will provide all the gloves, tools, and supplies. For full event details and to register, visit www.putahcreekcouncil.org, or call 530-795-3006.

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