Solano County

CreekSpeak series turns to Putah Creek bats

By From page A5 | July 09, 2014


Rachael Long is a UCCE Farm Advisor and County Director in Yolo County. (Putah Creek Council courtesy photo)

WINTERS — A July 17 talk will focus on bats in the Central Valley and along Putah Creek.

The presentation is part of the CreekSpeak series organized by the Putah Creek Council. It will take place at 7 p.m. at the Winters Library, 708 Railroad Ave.

Rachael Long will discuss the natural history of bats in the Sacramento Valley and what people can do to protect and enhance bats in the Putah Creek corridor. She’ll discuss how bats are important predators of night-flying insects, including many that are urban and agricultural pests, a Putah Creek Council press release said.

Long is a University of California Cooperative Extension farm adviser and author of children’s books that focus on the natural history of bats. Her research and education work focuses on agronomy and pest management in field crops in the Sacramento Valley. She has more than 20 years of experience in looking at ways to enhance natural enemies of crop pests on farms, including bats, birds and beneficial insects, to help reduce pesticide use.

CreekSpeak talks are free to Putah Creek Council members, with a small donation requested from nonmembers. For more information on the council, go to www.putahcreekcouncil.org or call 530-795-3006.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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