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.
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