CANCELED: WILD St. Helena ~ Skunks ~ Oct 12

The October 12 WILD St. Helena lecture is canceled. Please join us when the series resumes in February 2018.

The WILD series has moved UpValley! 

When: Thursday, October 12– 6:30 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 Napa Vision 2050


Skunks with Jennifer Hunter, PhD

Skunks are common in California—most of us see (or smell) them often, but most know very little about these fascinating and underappreciated California carnivores. Skunks are among the most adaptable carnivores; they are found nearly everywhere, from wildlands to urban gardens. Join Jen Hunter as she shares her PhD research on skunks. She is an avid skunk enthusiast and promises that by the end of the night, you will have a new appreciation for our mysterious native skunks.

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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

July 18 – Living with Mt. lions

Zara McDonald, FELIDAE Conservation Fund

September 14 – Native Bats

Corky Quirk, Northern California Bats


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

June 21 – Living with Mt. lions

Zara McDonald, FELIDAE Conservation Fund


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

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