WILD St. Helena ~ Living with Mountain lions ~ July 18

The WILD series has moved UpValley! 

When: Tuesday, July 18 – 5:00 pm

Where: St. Helena Public Library

Cost: Free. Please note that voluntary donations are solicited via a donation basket. All donations gathered at WILD American Canyon go towards speaker fees and coordination time associated with the WILD series.

Sponsors: RCD, Napa County Watershed Information & Conservation Council, St. Helena Public LibraryFriends of the Napa River, Napa Valley Vintners, and 

July 18 ~ Living with Mountain Lions

Zara McDonald, Felidae Conservation Fund

Mountain lions (aka pumas and cougars) are a keystone predator and play an important role in the health of our ecosystem. However, expansion of human populations has caused increased encounters and conflicts between humans and mountain lions, and tensions are growing in our local communities. Join Felidae President, Zara McDonald, for a discussion of mountain lion history, ecology, and the challenges of sharing habitat with mountain lions. Learn essential tips for living without fear of these magnificent animals


Previous WILD  Lectures:

WILD St. Helena~

March 14 – Salmon and Trout

Jonathan Koehler, Napa RCD

April 13 – Beavers

Brock Dolman & Kate Lundquist Co-Directors at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center WATER Institute 

May 11 – Raptors in Rehab

Carol Poole, Napa Wildlife Rescue

WILD American Canyon~

November 2 – Raptors in Rehab

Carol Poole, Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa Countyy

July 20 – Endangered Species of San Pablo Bay

Melisa Amato & Meg Marriott, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

March 15 – Edible Plants

Alex Greene, Napa-Solano Audubon


WILD Napa ~


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


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 and Trout

Jonathan Koehler, Napa RCD

March 8 – CA Freshwater Shrimp

Scott Cressey, Fisheries Biologist

April 12 – Local Mushrooms

George Riner, Sonoma Mycological Association

May 10 – Gray Fox

Bill Leikam

June 14 – ‘Tales’ of Napa’s Past

Shari Gardner, Friends of the Napa River