Society Meeting Features Ringtail Cats, Thursday, Jan. 17
Few people today have seen a ringtail, once known as a “miners’ cat” and
much more common in the days of the Gold Rush. But David Wyatt, speaker
at the Thursday Jan. 17 meeting of the Sacramento Audubon Society,
has seen quite a number. As a professor of biology at Sacramento
City College, he has been studying the nocturnal creatures
for nearly 30
Ringtails can still be found in the Sierra foothills – there are even some
in Audubon’s Bobelaine sanctuary on the Feather River. But the densest
known population is in the Sutter Buttes, a small isolated mountain range in
the Central Valley about 45 miles north of Sacramento.
Wyatt will report on his recently concluded three-year study aimed at learning
more about the life histories and food habits of these charismatic relatives
of the raccoon.
The public is invited to the 7 p.m. meeting at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in
Ancil Hoffman Park. (For directions, see sacnaturecenter.com). Free program
and parking, and no park-entry fee.
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