IN BRIEF: Clinic, Parking, Silo Food, Bumblebees

One-story building with sign: "UC Davis Health Campus Clinic"
The Davis Campus Clinic at the southeast corner of Hutchison Drive and Dairy Road. (Wayne Tilcock/UC Davis Health)


UC Davis Health opens campus clinic

UC Davis Health’s newest primary care clinic has opened in the heart of the Davis campus, serving UC Davis Health patients from campus and community.

The Davis Campus Clinic is in a new building at the corner of Hutchison Drive and Dairy Road. And while The Pavilion garage is right across the street, patients will find plenty of parking adjacent to the clinic (enter Parking Lot 46 off Hutchison drive and turn right). Bike parking is also available.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note: Patients with lab, X-ray or pharmacy needs will be referred to the Davis clinic at 2660 W. Covell Blvd.

A virtual open house and tour of the new clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26. More details will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Learn about UC Davis Health’s new telehealth Express Care service.

Winter quarter food options

Spokes Grill in the Silo is set to reopen Wednesday (Jan. 6), after being closed since 2019 when the campus closed all of the Silo for renovations, including a new roof.

Crêpe Bistro, a Silo mainstay for two decades, serving both savory and dessert crepes, reopened this summer and will join Spokes Grill in opening Wednesday for winter quarter — takeout service only.

Spokes will return with some familiar favorites like the “Fenders” (chicken tenders) and “Unicycle” (cheeseburger made with Harris Ranch beef), and new items like the “Rallycross” (a double barbecue burger with double cheese and bacon) and “Nugs” (crispy cauliflower nuggets).

The eatery will also serve salads and Boar’s Head deli sandwiches like chipotle chicken breast, roasted turkey breast and smoked beef pastrami.

After its winter break closure, the Silo Market will remain shuttered at least  through the end of the academic year. Coffee will continue to be available at Peet’s in the Silo.

Hours for the Silo’s counters:

  • Spokes Grill — 10:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Crêpe Bistro — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • Peet’s Coffee — 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday

New way to pay for parking

Parking enforcement will resume Monday (Jan. 11) in A, C and L permit areas, and at that time Transportation Services will begin its transition from monthly permits to daily rates, as announced in December.

With the start of winter quarter, monthly passes are no longer available for students. Instead, they will be charged $2 a day in L parking lots and $3 a day in C lots.

Employees can continue using monthly permits for L and C parking through June 30 or switch now to daily rates ($2 for L, $3 for C). The switch will be required July 1.

Payment can be handled in one of three ways:

  • ParkMobile app — Click here for download information.
  • Phone — Using the number posted on signs in each parking area.
  • Kiosk New, solar-powered kiosks have been installed outside each parking structure and in six lots. Note: The kiosks charge visitor rates, so employees and students must use the app or pay by phone to get UC Davis affiliate rates.

No physical permits will be issued; instead, Transportation Services will use license plate recognition technology to match plate numbers with those that are entered in the ParkMobile system.

The daily rates work out to be roughly the same, on a monthly basis, as permit fees. Transportation Services is making the change in consideration of changing commute patterns — that is, employees are making less frequent trips to campus, or none at all.

Parking with A permits is status quo through June 30 while Transportation Services looks into moving this category into a daily rate structure.

See Parking Operation Updates for more information.

Bumblebees, yes; butterflies, no

Art Shapiro has called off his Beer for a Butterfly Contest this year, because of the pandemic. Speaking like the distinguished professor of evolution and ecology that he is, Shapiro noted that the contest is in “diapause” — a period of suspended development in an insect.

He’s sponsored the contest annually since 1972 to record the first flight of the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, for his research. Over the contest’s 49-year history, the first flight has varied from Jan. 1 to Feb. 22, averaging about Jan. 20.

Here’s an alternative: The inaugural Robbin Thorp Memorial First Bumblebee of the Year Contest, named after native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp (1933-2019), UC Davis distinguished emeritus professor of entomology.

The Bohart Museum of Entomology, where Thorp spent considerable time identifying bees, is sponsoring the contest, inviting people to capture images of bumblebees in the wild in Yolo or Solano counties. Send images by email to the museum, with notation of time, date and place. Bumblebees miust be recognizable as such.

The winner will receive bragging rights and a special gift from the museum, said Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart and UC Davis professor of entomology.

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