More Photos from the Sacramento Refuge

Here are some more photos from the over 1600 I took at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  Some “firsts” in here include a Merlin and a Woodlouse Hunter Spider. The spiders eat woodlice and beetles.  “…These spiders have very large chelicerae, which they use to pierce the armored bodies of woodlice and beetles. There are […]

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Saturnid Moth Cocoons

I got some Saturnid moth cocoons from biological supply company today. (We had to check first to make sure California would allow them to come into the state, and they did.) I gave them a short soak in water (about 20 seconds) before setting them up in the little pop-up butterfly house I’d purchased. There are […]

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Was Able to See a Killdeer Lay Her Egg Today

I actually had today off but I got up at the regular time anyway to get to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge by 7:00 am.  It was about 43° when I headed out and got up to 65° by the late afternoon. Sunny and tiny bit breezy all day… It was gorgeous. I had planned […]

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Egrets, Beaver Sign and a Deer with One Antler

It rained overnight and was mostly cloudy and drizzly on and off all day today.  I got up a little after 6:00 am and headed over to the American River Bend Park to see how the water levels are looking there.  I took an umbrella but only had to use it for a little while. […]

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Mostly Jackrabbits, Marsh Wrens and an Eagle

I was feeling pretty burnt out, so I took a mental health day today, and went over to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge with Sergeant Margie. It’s supposed to rain all weekend, so I was hoping it would be nice today… and it was.  It was in the 40’s when I got there and about […]

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My Article on Squirrels was Published

I wrote an article on California Ground Squirrels and was pleased to see it published in two newspapers already, including the Daily Democrat and the Davis Enterprise.  The Enterprise even featured one of my photos on the front page. That was awesome!  CLICK HERE to read the article.

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Mostly Squirrels, 02-28-17

It was so pretty outside, I felt compelled to go walk somewhere for a little while after my meeting. So I went over to William Land Park.  I couldn’t get near the ponds — they’re under construction, getting cleaned out and replanted — which was kind of a bummer.  But the critters don’t care that […]

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Hawks, Deer and a Handsome Turkey

Up at 6:30 am again.  It was colder today (32° when I headed out), but we didn’t have any rain.  Overcast broke up by the afternoon to show off blue sky, brought sunshine and a few fluffy clouds… I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my walk today, and for the first […]

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Lots of Beaver Sign at the American River

I got up around 6:30 this morning and headed over to the American River Bend Park to see how things were there… The river was actually higher than it was the last time I was there. CLICK HERE to see the full album of photos and video snippets. When I went into the park, I […]

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Mostly Deer and Some Birds Today

It’s supposed to rain all weekend, “one of the worst storms yet”, the weather-people keep telling us, but although it was overcast, it wasn’t raining when I got up around 6:30 am.  So, I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve again to see if they were open, and if I could walk around […]

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A Surprise from a Wood Duck

I actually went in to work a little late today because I needed to pick up some stuff from the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, but they don’t open until 9:00 am. They’d been shut down since the middle of last week because of flooding; the American River overflowed its banks right where they’re located, and […]

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