From Ants to Deer to Tadpoles, 06-09-18

I got up around 6:00 am and headed off to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my walk. We kind of in between seasons right now: not quite spring anymore, not quite summer yet. So, there’s not a whole lot of stuff to see until the galls start showing themselves more, and the baby deer […]

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Many Babies at the River Bend Park, 05-28-18

Memorial Day. I knew it was going to be hot today – a high of 97º — but I was surprised by how fast the morning heated up. I barely got in 2 ½ hours of walking before I had to call it quits. The shorter walk meant fewer photos, too; only about 300+ instead […]

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First Flame Skimmer of the Season, 05-12-18

I was out the door and off to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve once more to check on the development of the Monarch Butterfly caterpillars – and get some fresh air and exercise in, of course. Before I left the house, I noticed there were a few Yellow-Billed Magpies out foraging in the neighbor’s yard, […]

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Out with Some of My Naturalist Students, 03-31-18

Up at 6:45 am.  I headed out to the American River Bend Park to meet some of my naturalist students for a hike and to see the Great Horned Owl nest there.  The weather was perfect, and I had seven students show up.  Our pace was slow, and it was great having so many sets […]

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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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Mostly Starlings and Goldeneyes, 12-26-17

I headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk. It was 34º when I got there, and got up to about 53º when I headed back home. I wasn’t expecting to see a lot – we’re kind of “between seasons” at the river; all of the birds haven’t migrated in yet and […]

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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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Well, that Baby Rattlesnake was a Surprise, 05-10-17

I got up early this morning, and headed out to the American River Bend Park around 6:30 am for a walk. It was gorgeous outside today; 53º when I headed out, and high of 69º all day with a slight breeze… CLICK HERE for the full album of photos and videos. At the River Bend […]

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Redbuds and House Wrens

I got up around 6:00 am and headed over to the American River Bend Park.  I was hoping the redbud trees would be in bloom there, and they were, but thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it was still dark when I arrived at the park – made darker because of a thick overcast.  So, I […]

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Sunday at the American River, 10-09-16

I was up and out the door before 6:30 this morning, and headed for the American River Bend Park.  I wasn’t looking for anything in particular; I just needed to get out and walk. CLICK HERE to see the album of photos. As we’re sort of “between seasons” right now – the cold weather hasn’t […]

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Mostly Photos of Sulphur Shelf Fungus

Vacation, Day 2:  I got up around 6:00 am on Sunday and headed out to the American River bend Park by 6:30 am… after setting a pot roast in the slow cooker to cook all day.  It was cool, partly overcast and threatening rain, but it didn’t rain while I was on the trails. I […]

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Came Across the Owlet!

This is the first day of my mini-vacation.  I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday next week.  I slept in a little bit and got up around 7:00 am.  I was off to the American River Bend Park by about 7:30. The first thing I saw when I got there was the […]

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