Do you like to dig in the dirt? Come help the Putah Creek Council plant wild California roses this weekend along Putah Creek in the Winters Nature Park. Four work sessions are planned Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon. Courtesy photo

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Habitat work parties planned this weekend along Putah Creek

By From page A3 | February 28, 2013

The Putah Creek Council is seeking volunteers to help plant wild California roses for habitat improvements along Putah Creek in Winters on Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend’s events are part of an ongoing project to enhance habitat and protect water quality in Putah Creek. Native wild roses provide valuable shelter and food to many types of birds, mammals and insects that live near the creek. They also help stabilize the banks by preventing runoff and erosion.

Since the creek channel was realigned in the fall of 2011, volunteers from throughout the region have helped plant more than 7,000 trees, shrubs, sedges, rushes and wildflowers in the new Winters Nature Park.

“Since the realignment was completed in this section, more and more people are using the park, and many types of wildlife are returning to feed and nest here,” said Libby Earthman, Putah Creek Council’s executive director. “Because this park is in the floodplain, plants are the only feature allowed, so we’re using the plants to help welcome and orient people, as well as define spaces for wildlife.”

Everyone is welcome, including supervised children.

Putah Creek Council will provide all the plants, tools, supplies and gloves. Volunteers should bring a water bottle, and dress appropriately for the weather in clothes that can get dirty and closed-toe shoes.

This is a weekend-long event with four sessions — Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Volunteers must register at www.putahcreekcouncil.org or by calling 530-795-3006. Volunteers will meet at Rotary Park, 201 Railroad Ave. in Winters.

Enterprise staff

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