Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)


Putah Creek is a productive and popular fishery for local and nationwide fisherman, but one of the most proficient and impressive anglers of Putah Creek is the osprey.

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)


One of the most beloved critters of Putah Creek is the North American river otter. This charismatic, semiaquatic mammal has been spotted all along Putah Creek, from the Putah Creek State Wildlife Area below Lake Berryessa to the Yolo Bypass.

Sandbar willow (salix exigua)

Sandbar Willow

Willow species along Putah Creek can be notoriously difficult to identify due to their similar characteristics and what appears to be very minute differences to the untrained eye. Sandbar willow (salix exigua) might be an exception.

Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)

Black-Tailed Deer

The black tailed deer might not be super common throughout Lower Putah Creek, but spend some time at Lake Solano or in the inter-dam reach and you are sure to see plenty of deer jumping, running, or staring right at you.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron

Often poised on the stream bank standing as still as a statue, Great blue herons are majestic and somewhat intimidating. Whether it be at Lake Solano Park or the South Fork Preserve in Davis, you are sure to spot a Great blue heron somewhere along the creek.

Coastal Cleanup Day Along Putah Creek: September 18th, 2021

The California Coastal Cleanup Day is part of the world’s largest single-day volunteer event! Putah Creek Council has hosted cleanups on Putah Creek for 33 years—since 1988—and started coordinating our annual cleanup event with California Coastal Cleanup Day in 2004.