Putah Creek South Fork Preserve

The Putah Creek South Fork Preserve is a small habitat preserve a couple miles southeast of Davis, California. Putah Creek begins far west of here on Cobb Mountain, in the Mayacmas Mountains — part of the Inner North Coast Range. It meanders through valleys and canyons, then gets detained for a long while in Lake Berryessa. Some water gets released, but then as soon as it enters the Sacramento Valley, more of it gets diverted for agricultural and other uses. By the time it arrives here in the middle of the valley, about to enter the Yolo Bypass, it’s hardly more than a memory of itself.

But Putah Creek South Fork Preserve is a nice patch of remnant and restored riparian and oak savannah habitat with a few short trails. Here’s what it looked like a few weeks ago, just as many of the native deciduous trees and shrubs were beginning to leaf out.

Putah Creek

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Putah Creek

Lower Putah Creek in early spring

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Quercus lobata

Valley Oak

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Nesting box

Nesting box

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Acer negundo

Box elder (actually a maple)

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Sambucus mexicana

Mexican elderberry

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Water trough

A place for wildlife to drink

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Road 104 Bridge

And then there’s the art exhibit under Road 104.

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Tim Messick Photography • Graphics
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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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