A Walk at the Cemetery, 05-11-19

I got up around 6:00 this morning and futz around a little bit so I could get to the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery around 7:00 am (which is when they open their gates). The cemetery has several gardens, so I was basically looking for pretty flowers and pollinator species. It was 54° when I got […]

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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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CalNat Field Trip #2, Lake Solano Park. 03-03-18

I led a California Naturalists field trip to Lake Solano Park today. The first thing we saw when we entered the park were two peacocks roosting high in a tree over our heads… and a male Phainopepla that was looking for mistletoe berries to eat. It was originally the idea that half of the group […]

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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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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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More Photos from the Effie Yeaw Preserve

I was able to see several deer, including a pair that were foraging along the banks of the river.  There were also a lot of Red-Shouldered Hawks flying around: parents teaching their kids how to hunt.  And I also came across a mama California Ground Squirrel who gave out a sharp alarm call when I […]

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A Short Flower Excursion on Thursday

When I was going through the last few newspapers at the office, I found two places nearby that I hope to be able to check out over the weekend. One is a plot near Zamora next to a granary where the owner has planted two whole acres of Zinnias – and he’s opened up the […]

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Two Gardens in One Sunday

I got up around 6:00 this morning and headed over to the William Land Park and the WPA Rock Garden.  It was only about 49° outside this morning, and got up to a high around 70°, so it was a lovely day weatherwise. When I got to the park, the first thing I saw was […]

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Saturday at the Rock Garden

After a very good night’s sleep, I was up around 6:30 am and headed out with the dog to the WPA Rock Garden.  We didn’t stay there for very long, though.  The city is hosting some kind of huge Kids Fair there this weekend (of which I was blissfully unaware) and the place was already […]

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