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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Kite-Man and Robin, 04-11-19

After breakfast, I noticed there was a fat Robin, Turdus migratorius, sitting on the fence in the backyard, so I ran to get my camera and got some photos of her. Then I could hear the neighborhood magpies fussing over something, so I looked around and saw a bird sitting in the top of a […]

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Interesting Turkeys on the Naturalist Walk, 04-09-19

Up at 6:00 this morning, and then headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve to do my trail walking thing – along with three of my naturalist students.  The weather was lovely, so the critters were out and moving around, and the wildflowers were really starting to open up. We got to see a […]

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A Very Hairy Butterfly Encounter, 04-06-19

I led some of my Certified California Naturalist students on a walk around the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. My coworker Bill Grabert and our volunteer Roxanne Moger joined me. There were about 10 of us altogether. Because the nature center was hosting a donor event today, we stayed out of the parking lot and parked […]

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CalNat 2019 Winter Class 9, 04-05-19

This was our 9th (of 10) Certified California Naturalist classes for the winter session.  This week it was our “final exam”, and I put that in quotes because it’s not really a test, per se, so much as it’s a recap of what we touched on throughout the previous weeks with some species identification thrown […]

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The Naturalist Course is at Class 8 of 10, 03-29-19

We’re already in week 8 of the 10-week Certified California Naturalist course. Wow!  Next week is the final exam, and the week after that is graduation. Seems like the time just flew by! The speaker today was Christy Berger who did a presentation on Crows and Other Corvids.  She’s with the Heron and Egret Rescue […]

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Update on the Polyphemus Moths, 03-18-19

Our naturalists class’s first Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus) hatched out of its cocoon on Thursday, March 14th, and was a female. By March 18th it was already winding down in it life processes, but the reproductive instinct is strong. Even though they’re not fertilized, our moth was found laying eggs in her enclosure. #CalNat Later […]

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A Beaver and a Loon at Lake Solano Park, 03-16-19

The weather at Lake Solano Park was perfect for walking with my naturalist students; about 49° when we first got there, and then up to about 68° by the time we left. It was sunny, clear and bright outside. My coworker Bill and I took turns pointing things out to everyone, and one of the […]

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CalNat Class Week 6, 03-15-19

Our naturalist graduate and volunteer, Roxanne, was at class today and brought some homemade banana bread to share with the class. While my co-instructors Bill and Nate were setting up the classroom, Roxanne and I were writing a list of the species we’d seen at Lake Solano Park on Wednesday on the dry-erase board in […]

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Update on the Painted Lady Butterflies, 03-02-19

Yesterday, just before the naturalist class started, I got a text message from my sister Melissa letting me know that the Painted Lady butterflies were emerging. She saw one of the chrysalises waggling and was worried that it might have been in a draft or something… then she saw the antenna pop out of it […]

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Naturalist Class #3, 02-22-19

The Certified California Naturalist class that I teach for Tuleyome in Woodland, CA was jam-packed with things today. First we had a great presentation by Jenny Papka and her crew from Native Bird Connections. They came in from the Bay area to do the presentation for us which included live birds: a Peregrine Falcon, a […]

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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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