“Tour and Tea” at the Zoo, 05-08-17

Day 3 of my vacation: I had a ticket to go to “Tours and Tea” at the Sacramento Zoo, so I did that. The events are just for seniors, so there are no screaming kids around. Participants get a private tour of the zoo, and then go into a provide room at the café for […]

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Met Three Raptors on Thursday

I facilitated a lecture at the Davis library on the 20th, with a representative from West Coast Falconry. CLICK HERE to see the full album of photos. The talk was led by a young woman named Amber, who brought three birds. Amber had somehow gotten the time frame mixed up, and arrived at the library at […]

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I Helped Lead a Tour of the SNWR, 11-12-16

I had to work today — helping to lead an auto-tour of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge — so I was up at 5:00 and out the door by 5:30 am.  I stopped at a gas station on my way, filled up the tank, and got some munchies for the road, and then headed over […]

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My Lecture on Galls Went Off Well

On Thursday, September 29th I gave a lecture on plant galls for the public at the Davis Library for Tuleyome.  It went over well.  I got applause, and afterwards several people gave me some real positive feedback.  One thing I need, though, is a microphone. My old voice doesn’t carry very far. I have been asked […]

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An Exhausting But Interesting Weekend at EcoCamp Berryessa

Tuleyome staff (of which I’m a part) and members enjoyed a great event at Ecocamp Berryessa over the weekend. Almost 70 people showed up, and participated in a picnic BBQ, a prize drawing, an impromptu hike along the North End Trail, fun on the water, and lots of comradery. Wildlife was heard and spotted throughout […]

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Screech Owl Release

I’d signed up and donated to participate in the release of wild Screech Owls through the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers on the 17th.  I’d never seen a live Screech Owl and was really looking forward to it. The personnel at GSC AAZK were incredibly rude (and billed me TWICE for my […]

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Acorn Harvesting Class with the Sacramento Tree Foundation

I could have slept in, but Sergeant Margie needed to go potty around 6:30 am so I got up to let him out and then just stayed up.  Marty was already gone for the day!  He was going to a car club thing at Ironstone, and they had to go in early to set up […]

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Wood Duck Box Outing

I got to the office around 7:00 am and then after work, I accompanied my coworker Charlotte and our new HPA Coordinator Jordan on a trip to the Conaway Ranch.   The ranch, UC Davis, and the California Waterfowl Association had joined forces to host a duck-box outing at the ranch.  PhD students and interns from […]

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Gyotaku — Fish Painting Class

I got up around 6:30 this morning and had a little breakfast, did my morning ablutions stuff, and got through my email before heading out to the fish-painting class I’d signed up for with the Yolo Basin Foundation.  This class was at their headquarters, and I’d been there before, so I knew the way. I […]

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Watching Steelhead Eggs Get Gathered & Fertilized

I got up about 6:16 this morning, so I could get out the door a little after 7:00… and headed out to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.  I wanted to see them gather the eggs from the Steelhead Trout.  I got there about 10 minutes before the process started, so one of the docent guys in […]

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“Ducks in Scopes” at the Cosumnes River Preserve

Wow, a nice leisurely morning…  I actually slept in until 8 o’clock, then did some emailing and journaling, and made myself a big breakfast of eggs, sausage, toast and coffee…  I have this weekend off, go to the office on Monday to tidy up and set the phone and email auto-responders, and stuff like that, […]

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On the Sacramento River Train

Around 10 o’clock my brother Marty and I headed out to Woodland to board the Sacramento River Train for a Sunday brunch excursion.  I see the train sitting on the tracks almost every day when I got to work, but I’d never been on it before.  There were only about 20 cars in the parking […]

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