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Photography workshop with Truman Holtzclaw
May 17th, 2014  9:30am - Noon
Come to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve and sharpen your photography skills. The Cache Creek Conservancy is pleased to present a workshop led by professional photographer Truman Holtzclaw. Truman has acquired and perfected the skills to artfully blend his biology background and his love of nature to create a collection of about 80,000 beautiful images. Mr. Holtzclaw has a perfecting his skills over the last 15 years and will discuss best techniques on taking photos in nature, followed by a walk around the grounds to further demonstrate the best methods of photography outdoors. 

This workshop will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 9:30 AM to noon at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20, Woodland. The program is sponsored by Cache Creek Conservancy, and does require pre-registration. There is a $10 charge to participate. Please sign up early as space is limited. For more information, contact the Conservancy at 530 661-1070 or

Saturday, May 17, from 9 AM to 2 PM is also a general open day at the Preserve, and people are invited to visit, walk the trails, perhaps have a picnic lunch, and enjoy the spring beauty of the creek side habitat. Please bring your own water, and remember that dogs are not allowed on the grounds.

Birding Tour at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve 
Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 8am-11am
On Saturday, January 18th a birding tour was held at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. 
This was a great opportunity to view birds in a winter setting when many species have migrated here for colder months. Experienced tour guides led participants to special areas of the Preserve to view birds in the wetlands as well as in the oak woodlands and grassland areas.

Fifty different bird species were observed during the 3 hour tour.  

See the list for 2013 & 2014 Bird sightings and counts. 

Night Walk at the Nature Preserve
Watch for details on our Next Night Walk - March 13th, 2014

This fall the Conservancy introduced a new activity into the variety of programs offered to the public. A night time full moon walk was
 held at the Nature Preserve on November 14th. The purpose was to introduce people t
o the sights and sounds of the outside world during a time when most of us are not out in nature. With an almost full moon rising, there was enough brightness for people to walk along the trails, listening for the sounds of various animals. 
After a brief overview by education coordinator Fred Vanderwold, our first stop was at the wetlands overlook where human eyes could become adjusted to the darkness. Then the forty visitors proceeded to the boardwalk that juts out into the wetlands and listened for various sounds. Beavers made many splashing sounds as they entered the water. Deer were sighted at the edge of the water. They can move so silently that they were only spotted after a period of time. Walking along the trail, the visitors saw opossum, raccoons, and owls. The owls and other birds provided sounds in the darkness against a backdrop of the softly flowing water of the creek. The tour lasted for an hour, and after returning to the Visitor Center, people were enthusiastic about what they saw and heard.

This activity was very successful and will be offered again in the spring at an appropriate time. Please watch for information about the next night walk in the local papers, the CCC newsletter, or on the CCC website.

Native American Program at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve 
The Cache Creek Conservancy was pleased to offer a special program on Saturday, June 15. The program featured Native American cultural demonstrations, including basket weaving, tule use, acorn preparation, and children’s activities. The demonstrations will were set up on the grounds of the Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve as part of the Open Day being held from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. This program was sponsored by the Tending and Gathering Garden Steering Committee and is underwritten by a grant from the Yocha Dehe Community Fund. There is no charge to participate.

Weavers used materials from many of the native plants grown in this area. Exhibits featured other uses of plant materials including acorns. Visitors were able to make a bracelet or doll using tule that grows at the Preserve. Guided tours of the Tending and Gathering Garden were also available. The Garden features native plants used in Native American cultural practices.

Birding at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve - Saturday, January 19th, 2013
On Saturday, January 19th a birding tour was held at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.  This was a great opportunity to view birds in a winter setting when many species have migrated here for colder months. Experienced tour guides led participants to special areas of the Preserve to view birds in the wetlands as well as in the oak woodlands and grassland areas.

Fifty-two different bird species were observed during the 3 hour tour.  Bird List

Thank you to the group leaders Fred Vanderwold, Don Hallberg, John Farley, and John Farley Jr.

                            Phainopepla-female        Phainopepla-male         Brown Towhee
    Photos courtesy JoEllen Ryan 

10th Annual Creek Cleanup a Successful Event - September 15th, 2012
A very successful Creek Cleanup event was held on September 15th. Approximately fifty volunteers met at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve and then headed out to various locations along the creek to pick up trash. Boy Scouts from Troop 464 under Scoutmaster Jim Niehues provided another service by painting the piers of the bridge on County Road 94B. The reachable areas of these massive concrete structures had been covered by graffiti, and at least for a short time now, will be clear of obnoxious words and glaring colors. Paint was donated by Yolo County Landfill, and the boys did a great job in cleaning up this area.

Volunteer Steve Laugenour headed up a group that cleaned the area of the creek by Highway 113, and another group worked at the Wild Wings riparian area. Other volunteers cleaned approximately one mile of creek by the Nature Preserve. We were again pleased to have youth groups and families participate, including Cub Scouts from Pack 499 and Girl Scouts.

The volunteers collected about 1,000 pounds of trash during the morning. One of the most unusual items encountered was a hot tub, most likely pushed off the Road 94B Bridge and into the creek. Because of its size and location, equipment is needed to remove this eyesore. We continue to be dismayed by the thoughtlessness of some people in disposing of items. Thankfully, there are many caring individuals who come out and spend their time helping to keep our creekside habitat in a clean and safe condition.

This was the tenth year for the annual Creek Cleanup Day in Yolo County and groups worked at various sites in the county. Our local event is part of the California Coastal Commission’s 28th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer trash cleanup in the world.



Melecio Estrella is the 2012 recipient of the Cache Creek Conservancy’s annual scholarship. Melecio graduated from Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis, and will be attending Portland State University in the fall, majoring in Environmental Engineering and working closely with the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Melecio has maintained an outstanding academic record throughout his high school career, and he also is very involved in extra-curricular activities and volunteer work. One of his outstanding activities was serving as a volunteer with Amigos de las Americas during the summer of 2011 in Honduras. In his essay he states, “I know that if I can live and work with people I’ve never met before, in a country I’ve never been to, in a language that’s not my first, for seven weeks, I can achieve my dreams and goals in life.”

Each year the Cache Creek Conservancy offers a scholarship of up to $1,000 to a Yolo County high school student who is pursuing an education in an environmental/natural resource science related field at a 2 or 4 year college or university. We are very please to award this year’s scholarship to Melecio and wish him the best in the future.

Cache Creek Nature Preserve 5K/10K Fun Run & Creek Fest
April 21st, 2012 9am-4pm


The Cache Creek Conservancy will again hold its annual Fun Run scheduled to take place at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve on Saturday April 21st. This event is geared for people of all ages, with dedicated runners participating in the 10K event and those who like a more leisurely pace running or walking the 5K route. Families are encouraged to participate as a group. The course will take runners through the Nature Preserve and the neighboring Teichert land that has been restored. Runners will be on county roads for only a small part of the race. Most of the course will be on dirt trails allowing runners to go through some beautiful springtime habitat along Cache Creek.

Riparian Restoration Workshop
April 18, 2012 - 8:00AM - 12Noon

The Cache Creek Conservancy and the Yolo County Resource Conservation District will be presenting an informational workshop on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 8:00 AM to noon at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20, Woodland.  This workshop is geared towards educating landowners, students, restoration professionals, and other interested parties on the latest restoration techniques of local riparian ecosystems.  Presentations will be made by several restorations practitioners.  3.5 hours of Dept. of Pesticide Regulation continuing education credit is available.

9th Annual Creek Cleanup - September 17th, 2011
Almost ninety volunteers scoured the banks of Cache Creek on September 17th, picking up all kinds of trash and debris. This group of volunteers met at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve on a sunny morning to provide much needed assistance in keeping our waterways clean. They joined with volunteers at other Yolo County sites representing the local effort of the national Coast & Creek Cleanup Day.

These volunteers helped rid the creek of broken glass, plastic bags, paper, aluminum cans, tires, and countless other items that have been thoughtlessly discarded. Several youth groups representing Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H’ers joined in the effort. Some were also working on certain badges and others gained community service hours. Many of the youngsters really enjoyed “getting their feet wet” by wading through the creek to pick up items. One team under the guidance of landowner Steve Laugenour drove further downstream and picked up trash around the Highway 113 Bridge.

After a productive morning of work, pizza was served, and prizes were given out. Two loads of tires were hauled to the Yolo County landfill, and approximated 1500 pounds of trash and recyclables were deposited in the containers. Thank you to all who volunteered and made this a very successful cleanup day, resulting in our part of the creek a being a much nicer place.

                               2011 Volunteers clean up along creek bank                2008 volunteers clean up Cache Creek

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