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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Butterflies and Moths for the CalNat Class, 02-01-19

I got an order from Carolina Biological today of some live critters for my Certified California Naturalist course: five Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars, three Polyphemus Moth cocoons, and six Tobacco Hornworm pupal cases. The caterpillars came in a sealed jar with an agar-like material on the bottom to feed them as they grow. When they […]

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Lots of Deer and a Squirrel Stuffing Her Face, 11-17-18

After giving the dog his breakfast, I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk. The air quality has been so bad that the zoo and other recreation places in Sacramento have all shut down for the day. The nature center at Effie Yeaw was also closed, but the trails were still […]

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Second Photo-Walk with the CalNat Graduates, 05-05-18

I left the house about 7 o’clock to go to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a second photo-outings with my naturalist class graduates . We had lots of time to practice with lighting and focus settings. There was an overcast that sort of “diffused” the light so we weren’t dealing with harsh shadows or […]

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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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New CalNat Service Pin

This is the 2016 service pin for Certified California Naturalists. We have to do 40 hours of nature-based volunteer work for the year in order to get the pin. So far this year I have put in over 570 hours… Pretty sure I’m getting the pin. Hah!

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Woot! I’ve Been Okayed to Teach the Naturalist Course at Tuleyome!

I just got word from the University of California that Bill Grabert and I have been okayed to teach the California Naturalist course for Tuleyome! Adina Merenlender, who oversees the program for the state wrote in part: “We are impressed with the diverse experiences you both bring to CalNat as instructors. Its clear you are […]

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A New CalNat Course is Finally in the Works

I finally got word from the board president at Tuleyome that they have approved my going forward with piloting a Certified California Naturalist (CalNat) course for them!  Woot!  I’ve been wanting to do this for about 2 years now. The board president wrote: “…Last night the board unanimously decided to move forward with the naturalist program… […]

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CalNat Field Trip, May 11, 2016

On Wednesday I helped to facilitate a workshop at Lake Solano Park for the California Naturalist training group. On Tuesday I took an all-day class on how Tuleyome can start up its own Certified California Naturalist program, and then on Wednesday we did a field trip. I’m including photos I took and ones taken by […]

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