The Yolo Basin Foundation will begin its Flyway Nights speaker series on Monday, Nov. 12, with a presentation by Philip Garone titled “Wetlands and Waterbirds in the Central Valley: Two Centuries of Loss and Recovery.”
Garone is the author of “The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of the Great Central Valley” and is an associate professor of history at Cal State Stanislaus. He holds a Ph.D. in history and an M.S. in ecology from UC Davis, and his research specialty is U.S. and California environmental history.
California’s Great Central Valley once contained approximately 4 million acres of permanent and seasonal wetlands, which supported many millions of waterfowl and other waterbirds. After statehood, Californians began to drain or “reclaim” these wetlands, primarily for conversion of the land to agriculture, thus dramatically reconfiguring the landscape and hydrology of the valley in the process. ‘
“During the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st, we have been protecting and restoring — rather than destroying — valley wetlands,” he said in a news release. “My talk will address the often surprising reasons why and how that change of fortune for our wetlands has come about.”
The Yolo Basin Foundation normally offers Flyway Nights at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month from November to April. The talks take place at the Department of Fish and Game’s Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 Chiles Road. A $5 donation to support the foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested, and Yolo Basin members are free.
For more information, call the Yolo Basin Foundation at 530-758-0530 or visit www.yolobasin.org.