Zoo Day, 03-31-17

Around 8:30 am I headed over to the Sacramento Zoo, hoping to be able to catch a glimpse of their new tigress Jillian.  I didn’t see her, but I did get to see a lot of the other big cats including the Snow Leopard, Lions and Jaguar.  It was sunny, bright and in the 50’s, […]

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You Need to Read This Book

If you haven’t read “The Hidden Life of Trees” yet, go out and get a copy.  This one was given to me as a gift (thank you, Sara!) and it’s well worth a read!

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My 2nd Polyphemus Moth Hatched

The action continues, if slowly, in my little butterfly hutch.  My second Polyphemus moth emerged from its cocoon this morning — too early for me to witness it.  I think I’m going to have to put the enclosure by my bed at night so I don’t miss anything. Hah! You can see more photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mkhnaturalist/albums/72157679383917632 […]

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Redbuds and House Wrens

I got up around 6:00 am and headed over to the American River Bend Park.  I was hoping the redbud trees would be in bloom there, and they were, but thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it was still dark when I arrived at the park – made darker because of a thick overcast.  So, I […]

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At the Cosumnes Preserve

I was sick, but I was getting a little stir crazy and thought a short jaunt outside might make me feel better so I went over to the Cosumnes River Preserve.  They’re not flooded out anymore, but there’s still too much water on the landscape, so there weren’t many birds to see.  I drove around […]

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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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