CreekSpeak

Putah Creek Council hosts an annual 6-month series of public talks about the history, culture, and nature of our region called CreekSpeak!

CreekSpeak is our speaker series about the nature, history, and culture of the Putah Cache Region and more broadly, California. From May through October, the Council hosts monthly talks that feature insights from regional experts and researchers about important issues, notable projects and publications, and much more!

Each year, CreekSpeak and its presenters educate hundreds of people about important creek issues. Past topics have included aquatic insects, native fish, farming in the watershed, mercury in Putah Creek, local wildlife, the history of the region, and more.

Check out our past lineups:

CreekSpeak 2023

Spring Loop Trail Guided Nature Hike at Bobcat Ranch with naturalist Marc Hoshovsky

The Cold Canyon Fire Journals: Green Shoots and Silver Linings in the Ashes with Robin Lee Carlson

Policies to Protect Ecosystems and Environmental Health with Álvaro Palacios Casanova, East Bay and Northern California Conservation Advocate

WATCH: Efforts to Protect Molok Luyuk, Sacred Land to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

California Indigenous Ethnobotany & Land Management w/ Landin Noland

WATCH:California Indigenous Ethnobotany & Land Management w/ Landin Noland

Berryessa Citizen Monitoring Project with Paul Havemann, Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Manager of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System

WATCH: Berryessa Citizen Monitoring Project with Paul Havemann, Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Manager

The Use of Prescribed Fire and Its Benefits on the Landscape with Alli Permann, Outreach Coordinator for the Yolo County Resource Conservation District

WATCH: The Use of Prescribed Fire & Its Benefits on the Landscape w Alli Permann, Yolo County RCD

Historical Ecology and Restoration of Putah Creek to Better Understand the Pre- and Post-dam Dynamics of Regulated Semi-arid River Systems and Build Models for Riparian Restoration Design with Clancy McConnell

WATCH: Historical Ecology & Restoration of Putah Creek w/ Clancy McConnell

November CreekSpeak w/ James Newcomb, CA Department of Water Resources: Looking Downstream in the Putah Creek Watershed

WATCH:November CreekSpeak w/ James Newcomb, CA Department of Water Resources: Looking Downstream in the Putah Creek Watershed

CreekSpeak 2022

Guided Nature Walk of Bobcat Ranch’s Bray Canyon with Naturalist Marc Hoshovsky

Managing California’s Cold Water With Conservation and Regulation with Dr. Ann Willis from UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Looking Upstream with Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Manning from UC Davis 

WATCH: Looking Upstream

Stay tuned to hear more about our July CreekSpeak!

 

How to Keep an Imperiled Smelt Alive: Lessons Learned from Conservation Aquaculture with Yuzo Yanagitsuru from UC Davis

WATCH: How to keep an imperiled smelt alive: Lessons learned from conservation aquaculture

Multiple Benefit Conservation: A Pathway for Collaborative, Inclusive, and Effective Conservation with Kristen Dybala from Point Blue Conservation Science

WATCH: Multiple-Benefit Conservation: A Pathway for Collaborative, Inclusive, and Effective Conservation

Climate Change, Vegetation, Restoration, and Seed Transfers, A Presentation from James Thorne from UC Davis

WATCH: Climate Change, Vegetation, Restoration, and Seed Transfers

Climate and Fire Impacts on the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count with Bart Wickel from Yolo Audubon

WATCH: The Audubon Christmas Bird Count

CreekSpeak 2021

Salmon Town Hall: Putah Creek and Chinook Salmon with Mackenzie Miner, Peter Moyle, and Rich Marovich

Regional Watershed Planning to Advance the Human Right to Water in California with Kristin Dobbins

WATCH: Regional Watershed Planning to Advance the Human Right to Water in California

Reducing Car Dependence in California with Susan Handy

WATCH: Reducing Car Dependence in California

Riparian Forests Along Urban Creeks in the Sacramento Area: Changes, Challenges, and Possibilities with Joanna Solins

WATCH: Riparian Forests Along Urban Creeks in the Sacramento Area: Changes, Challenges, and Possibilities

Hedgerows: Why We Need Living Fences in our Ag Landscapes with Rachael Long

WATCH: Hedgerows: Why We Need Living Fences in Our AG Landscapes

New Public Accessibility Improvements at the City of South Fork Preserve with Tracie Reynolds

WATCH: New Public Accessibility Improvements at the City of South Fork Preserve