Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights speaker series will explore one of the Central Valley’s invasive mammals. Martha Volkoff will discuss “Nutria in California: Current Status and Response” on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters in south Davis.
Nutria (Myocastor coypus) is a species of aquatic rodent native to South America. Previously thought to have been eradicated from California, a population of nutria was found in Merced County in 2017, and since found in five other Counties in the San Joaquin Valley. Nutria can degrade the integrity of levees due to burrowing. They also are intensive herbivores that can destroy native plant populations and wetland habitats leaving behind exposed soils and open water. Martha Volkoff will provide details of the current status and extent of the nutria population in California as well as what steps are being taken to control this destructive invasive.
Martha Volkoff is the Invasive Species Program Manager at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Martha has a B.S. and M.S. in Conservation Biology.
Flyway Nights is a monthly speaker series highlighting environmental issues, natural history of Northern California and current research topics in conservation. Yolo Basin Foundation hosts Flyway Nights the first Thursday of the month from November to April at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road). A $5 donation to support the Foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested. Yolo Basin Foundation members are free. For the complete schedule and more information, visit www.yolobasin.org/flywaynights or call Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780.