Behind-The-Scenes “Natives” Tour, 04-18-19

Today, I was treated to a behind-the-scenes “natives” tour at the reptile house and got to visit with a Burrowing Owl at the Sacramento Zoo.  There were two school buses full of kids there, so I didn’t hang around much after the tour, but I still got to see and learn some cool stuff.  My […]

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CalNat 2019 Winter Class 10, Graduation, 04-12-19

Greg Ira, the UC California Naturalist Program Coordinator, came to the graduation of our winter 2019 #CalNat class on Friday, and brought Mark Bell, the Vice Provost for Statewide Programs, and Sarah Angulo, the Community Education Specialist from the university with him. We also had some other special guests: a pair of newborn kittens brought […]

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Naturalists at the Conaway Ranch, 03-10-19

I headed out to Woodland around 8:30 am to help my co-worker Bill with his recon outing at Conaway Ranch.  He has about twenty outings slated for that venue over the next months or two; he takes school children out there to tell them about food chains, rice growing and harvesting, wildlife, etc. There’s a […]

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A Walk with My Naturalist Students, 02-18-19

Date: Monday, February 18, 2019 Time: 7:30 am to 11:30 am Temperature: 31° to 53° Weather: Sunny, clear, breezy, cool Location: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608 Lat/Log: 38.6174656, -121.3115716 Narrative:  This walk was an impromptu walk for the Tuleyome CalNat course which I led.  We had 16 people, along with […]

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CalNat Class, Week 2, 02-15-18

The Winter 2019 Certified California Naturalist class I’m co-teaching for Tuleyome in Woodland, CA with Bill Grabert, Nate Lillge and wonderful volunteer (and former class graduate) Roxanne Moger,  is now in its second week, and we’ve got a great group of students. This week students got to hear from Nancy Ullrey, Executive Director of the […]

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My Behind-The-Scenes Tour at the Zoo, 02-07-19

Around 10 o’clock I headed over to the Sacramento Zoo to participate in their behind-the-scenes “hoofed animal” event. I got there a little early, so I walked around the flamingo pond, and was able to get a video snippet of one of the Crested Screamers screaming.  It was in the 40’s outside, so you can […]

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The CalNat Field Trip #1, 02-10-18

Around 7:00 am we headed out from Woodland to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  Many of the students had never been there before, and some didn’t even know it existed, so it was kind of an eye-opener for them. In the early hours it was in 50’s and sunny, but by mid-morning the winds kicked […]

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Working on Piñatas: The “Any Bird”

In the summer of 2018 I’ll be teaching several adults-only workshops on making and decorating tabletop piñatas.  The first four classes are called “Monumental Piñatas” events (because they’re based on creatures and plants found in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument), and the last two classes art called “Art/Nature Fusion” events. All of the classes […]

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“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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