Monday, 27 May 2024

Cache Creek Discovery Day to celebrate watershed stewardship May 1

CACHE CREEK – May is California’s Watershed Awareness Month, designated to promote watershed education and stewardship activities at the local community level.


The public is invited to attend Cache Creek Discovery Day, a free, family-friendly outdoor event on Saturday, May 1, at the Bureau of Land Management's Cowboy Camp Equestrian Campground, on Highway 16 just one mile south of Highway 20 in Colusa County, along the Bear Creek tributary to Cache Creek.


The event is geared toward all ages, with special emphasis on youth outdoor-learning about a broad range of topics relevant to the watershed.

Guided hikes along the High Bridge Trail, wildlife viewing, Native American basketry, and displays highlighting stream ecology, local fish, wildlife tracks and signs, native plants, habitat restoration, native pollinators and local agriculture are among the planned activities.


The Cache Creek watershed, which includes the entire Clear Lake basin, encompasses rugged, forested mountains and lakesides in Colusa and Lake counties, ranches and organic farming in Capay Valley, extensive agricultural lands on the valley floor, and the seasonal wetlands of the Yolo Bypass.


It provides a diverse array of functions including winter foraging territory for wildlife such as Bald Eagles, and recreational opportunities for boaters, kayakers and white-water rafters.


Cache Creek Discovery Day is free to the public, and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase at the noon hour (accompanied by live music), or visitors are welcome to bring a picnic.


Cowboy Camp hosts wildlife viewing platforms, creek access, and regular visits by local Tule elk herds. Just up the road are the renowned wildflower fields of Bear Valley, and just downstream is Cache Canyon Park, where rafters find white-water creek access.


This event is sponsored by the Cache Creek Watershed Forum, a tri-county group of natural resource, agricultural, and educational partners, including the following stakeholders: US Bureau of Land Management; Colusa, Yolo, East Lake and West Lake RCDs; the Counties of Lake and Yolo; Cache Creek Conservancy; Tuleyome; Sierra Club Lake Group; UC Davis; and Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.


For more information please contact Greg Dills at the East and West Lake Resource Conservation District, 707 263-4180, or download a flyer at www.lakelive.info/ccwf/CCDD10flyer.pdf.


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