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November CreekSpeak: Fire, Climate and Land-Use Impacts on the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count

November 17, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Putah Creek Council and Bart Wickel, a volunteer for Yolo Audubon, on Thursday November 17, from 7-8 pm on Zoom, as he discusses data from the Yolo Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count on Putah Creek.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the nation’s longest-running community science bird project. The Putah Creek count has been held annually without interruption since 1971 – 51 years and counting. Data from the count has provided insights into the long term impacts of climate and land-use change on the bird populations of Putah Creek and its headwaters. Over the years they have observed dramatic changes and general decline in certain bird populations, specifically oak woodland and grassland species.

Sign up to participate in the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count with the Yolo Audubon Society at https://yoloaudubon.org/2022-10_27-christmas-bird-count/.

Bart Wickel is an earth scientist with a passion for birds and environmental conservation. For almost 25 years he has been working as a hydrologist and conservation scientist in places such as the Amazon and Pantanal, Bolivia, Mexico, eastern Siberia and Europe.
Since 2021, he has been the compiler for the Putah Creek Christmas Bird count, held annually by the Yolo Audubon Society. He also serves on the board of the California Institute of Environmental Studies, a research group dedicated to advancing the conservation of coastal and marine birds on the Channel Islands. He is the co-founder and science director of the global non-profit conservation science group “EarthInsight” and is based in Davis.

CreekSpeak is Putah Creek Council’s six month speaker series on the nature, history, and culture of the Putah Cache Watershed, and more broadly, the state of California. CreekSpeaks take place on Zoom on the third Thursday of each month from May to November. Register for this event to learn more about how fire and land-use changes have affected local bird populations.

To attend our November CreekSpeak, click Register Now! You will receive an email with information on how to attend this virtual event.


November 17, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm