In the Yard, 05-03-19

Look around your yard and see what you can find: eggs, nymphs, caterpillars, spiders, bees, flies, lady beetles… CLICK HERE for the album of photos. Species List: 1. Asian Lady Beetle, Harlequin Labybug, Harmonia axyridis, 2. Assassin Bug, Zelus renardii, 3. Cheeseweed, Common Mallow, Malva neglecta, 4. Common Lilac, Syringa vulgaris, 5. Convergent Lady Beetle, […]

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It was “Buggy” Out There Today, 04-27-19

I got up a little before 6:00 am and headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk.  I wanted to get there by 6:30 so I could beat the heat for today.  Actually, the weather was rather pleasant all day, but anything over 70° is uncomfortable for me when I’m outside. When […]

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Plant Studying At the Silver Spur Ranch, 04-16-19

Up at 5:30 am, so I could leave before 6:30 and head out to Woodland to the Tuleyome office.  It was overcast and drizzling when I left the house, but by mid-morning the clouds had broken up, letting the sun in, so it was a beautiful day. My coworker, Nate, had set aside this day […]

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Kite-Man and Robin, 04-11-19

After breakfast, I noticed there was a fat Robin, Turdus migratorius, sitting on the fence in the backyard, so I ran to get my camera and got some photos of her. Then I could hear the neighborhood magpies fussing over something, so I looked around and saw a bird sitting in the top of a […]

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Update on the Painted Lady Caterpillars, 02-05-19

Our Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars, Vanessa cardui, have now doubled in size. These caterpillars go through about 5 instars before they get ready to pupate. The process is actually pretty quick.

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Placing the Trail Cameras, 10-12-18

Today, we had Nate and Bam Bam, and two of my naturalist class graduates, Roxanne Moger and Lori Thomas (who is Sergeant Margie’s vet) and went off to Lake County to place the trail cameras.  (CLICK HERE to read more.) Nate had rented an SUV and Bam Bam drove his 4-wheel drive truck, so there […]

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At the West Pond in Davis, 03-07-18

Gene Trapp and his wife Jo Ellen headed up one of their monthly walks at the West Davis Pond site this morning. He thought it might be good spot to bring the naturalist class, but I wanted to check it out first. (I also thought that after a few visits, I can add this to my […]

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A Visit to the Woodland Science Center Site, 04-19-17

My coworker Jenifer took the staff on a tour of the site where we hope the new Woodland Science Center will be built. Jenifer spearheaded this project for Tuleyome and has been working for the last two years to pull all of the community stakeholders together.  She’s pushed the project forward to the point where […]

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2nd Day of the Great Backyard Bird Count

I got to sleep in a tiny bit today, and got up around 6:30 so I could get out of the house by 7:00 and drive over to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.  I got there just as they opened the gates.  Usually, they’re not open on weekends, and their weekday hours are so weird […]

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1st Day of the Great Backyard Bird Count

Up at 5:00 again… I was very uncomfortable most of the night.  I guess the mosquitoes at the animal tracking thing yesterday really did a number on me.  I must be more sensitive to them, because on my right arm three of the bites swelled up to the size of golf balls making my arm […]

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