Deer, Hawks and a Cat Skull, 08-18-18

I got up around 6:00 am and went over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve again.  There wasn’t a lot going on there today, but I did see a few Red-Shouldered Hawks and a mama Columbian Black-Tailed deer and her fawns.  Actually, I saw the fawns before I saw their mother. They walked up onto the trail a few feet in front of me, and then “froze” when they saw me, so I was able to get a few photos of them. When mom approached, the kids went bouncing off into the woods. I got video of them doing that. And then mom sauntered after them.  Hah! I walked for about three hours and then headed home.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.