Working on Piñatas: Nature’s Egg

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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Vacation Day #3: Sacramento Zoo… Mostly

DAY THREE OF MY FALL VACATION… Columbus Day; the office is closed.  I got up around 6:30 this morning, and initially headed over to the Cosumnes River Preserve to see if there was any water there yet or any sandhill cranes in the rice fields.  I saw some cranes in the distance, but the preserve […]

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Vacation Day #1: American River Bend Park

DAY ONE OF MY FALL VACATION. I got up around 6:15 this morning and headed out to the American River Bend Park for a walk. I hadn’t been over there for a while, and was kind of surprised to see that much of the tall dry grass in the park had been mowed down, and […]

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National Public Lands Day, 09-30-17

It’s National Public Lands Day! And by coincidence, I got my lifetime “Senior Pass” to all of the national monuments and public lands in the mail today.  The passes are going up in cost to about $80… but I ordered mine before the price hike so it only cost me $10.  Such a deal! I […]

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At the Silver Spur Ranch, 09-24-17

I spent the majority of the day to/from/at Tuleyome’s Silver Spur Ranch property with my coworkers Nate, Bill and Kristie.  We were supposed to be going out there so Zarah Wyly from the Sacramento Tree Foundation could check the place out, in anticipation of doing an acorn gathering event there.  But I also wanted to […]

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Encounter with a Juvenile Turkey Vulture, 09-23-17

I headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve and it was 48º when I got there. Fall has fallen. I love it when it’s like this! CLICK HERE for the full album of photos and video snippets. Saw some deer right off the bat, and a European Starling poking its head out of its […]

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Birds and Jumping Spiders, 09-20-17

Had a rough day. I knew I needed to get out into nature, get the aggravation out of my system and find some joy.  It was still pretty nice outside – 79º, overcast and breezy, so I went over to the WPA Rock Garden and duck pond for a short walk. Here is an album […]

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RIP Pozey

This beautiful girl has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  I’d rescued her from a pet shop that was being forced to close because they were selling sick animals.  The day after I brought her home, she had to go to the vet for Parvo. I nursed her for 10 straight days, feeding her water out […]

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Lots to See at the Effie Yeaw Preserve

Nature heals.  I went over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve, and it was fortuitous that I did the walk there today.  Tomorrow the place is going to be closed up for an equestrian event of some sort. It was a fortuitous walk, too, in that I was able to see a whole lot of […]

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After Work at the WPA Rock Garden, 09-14-17

After work, it was still relatively nice outside, so I went over to the WPA Rock Garden and duck pond for a short walk. I came across the caterpillar of a Redhumped Caterpillar Moth on one of the Redbud Trees there.  They’re considered a pest species because they can have three generations in a single […]

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Baby Animal Bonanza at the Sacramento Zoo, 09-09-17

I went to the Sacramento Zoo today because I wanted to see all of the new babies.  Along with the six baby flamingoes who were born a few weeks ago, on Labor Day two of the other animals took “labor” seriously and had newborns: an Eastern Bongo (whose name is Penny), and the mama Wolf’s […]

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