WILD Napa ~ The Secret Life of Soil ~ Feb 14

Get to know Napa County’s wild creatures with our monthly lecture series~

February 14  – The Secret Life of Soil 
with Charles SchembreVineyard Conservation Coordinator with the Napa RCD

Soil may be Earth’s most precious resource, but we know more about life in the deep sea, then we do about the life in our soil. The health of soil is a key indicator to the health of ecosystems, wildlife habitat, crop productivity, and even humans! Join Charles Schembre for a discussion of the fundamentals of soil, what healthy soil is, and the role it plays in sustaining healthy ecosystems. He will also talk about what is being done regionally and nationally to help land managers assess and monitor the health of their soil.




When: 2nd Wednesdays, 7 pm

Where: Napa Main Library, 580 Coombs St, Napa ~ Community Room

Cost: FREE. Please note that voluntary donations are solicited via a donation basket. All donations gathered at WILD NAPA go towards speaker fees and coordination time associated with WILD NAPA.

Sponsors:  Napa County Watershed Information & Conservation Council , Napa RCD, Friends of the Napa River, Napa Valley Vintners, Carolyn Parr Nature Center, Napa Vision 2050,  and the Napa County Library

Up Next ~ 

March 14 ~ SPIDERS with Gwen Heistand

Previous WILD Napa Lectures:

2015 ~

August 12 – River otters

Megan Isadore, The River Otter Ecology Project

September 9 – Beavers

Kate Lundquist, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

October 14 – Mountain Lions

Zara McDonald, Felidae Conservation Fund

November 18 – Raptors

Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County

December 10 – Steelhead & Salmon

Jonathan Koehler, Napa County RCD

2016 ~

January 13 – Where the Wild Things Are

Michelle Halbur, Pepperwood Preserve 

February 10 – Manzanitas, Animals, and Fire

Tom Parker, San Francisco State University

March 9 – Big Year of Birding

Wendy Schackwitz, Napa-Solano Audubon 

April 13 – Owls

Trinka Marris, Hungry Owl Project

May 11 – Bats

Corky Quirk, NorCal Bats

June 8 – Western Pond Turtle

Matthew Bettelheim, (bio)accumulation 

July 13 – California Native Bees

Gordon Frankie, Urban Bee Lab, UC Berkeley

August 10 – Iconic Cats

Quinton Martins, Audubon Canyon Ranch

September 14 – Napa River Wildlife & Restoration 

Shaun Horne & Jeremy Sarrow, Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District

October 12 – The World of Lichens 

Shelly Bensen, California Lichen Society

November 9 – Dragonflies

Kathy Biggs, Southwest Dragonflies

December 14 – Lampreys

Dr. Stewart Reid, Western Fishes ~ Lamprey Program

2017 ~

January 11 – Living with Coyotes 

Keli Hendricks, Project Coyote

February 8 – Salmon & Trout 

Jonathan Koehler, Napa Resource Conservation District

March 8 – CA Freshwater Shrimp 

Scott Cressey, Fisheries Biologist

April 12 – Local Mushrooms 

George Riner, Sonoma Mycological Association

May 10 – Gray Fox 

Bill Leikam, Citizen Scientist and Naturalist

June 14- ‘Tales’ from Napa’s Past 

Shari Gardner, Executive Director of Friends of the Napa River

July 12 – Raptors in Rehab

Carol Poole, Napa Wildlife Rescue

August 9 – Skunks

Jennifer Hunter PhD, University of California Berkeley 

September 13 – Serpentine, Rare Plants, and Fire

Mike Palladini, Land Trust of Napa County

October 11, Tales from a Recovered Arachnophobe

Gwen Heistand, Audubon Canyon Ranch

November 8 – American badger

Susan Kirks, Naturalist

December 13  -Climate, Forests, and Wildlife 

Lisa Micheli, President & CEO of Pepperwood Preserve


January 10 – Sensitive Aquatic Species

Jonathan Koehler, Napa Resource Conservation District