An Overcast Day at the Preserve, 02-28-19

Date: Thursday, 02-28-19 Time: 7:30 am to 10:30 am Location: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608 Habitat: Oak Woodland and riparian boundary Weather: Overcast, 43° to 46° Narrative: I headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my trail walking right after I fed the dog his breakfast. I […]

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Mostly Fungi on 01-18-19

Around 8:30 I headed over to the American River Bend Park for a fungus walk. With all of the rain we’ve been having, I thought there would be a good sampling out there – and I wasn’t disappointed. I walked for about 2 ½ hours and covered about 2 miles. S-L-O-W walker. A fungus walk […]

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Turkeys in Trees and Lots of Deer Everywhere, 11-26-18

Around 7:15 am I went over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve again for a walk. When I first walked in, I saw a small group of deer collected behind the classroom facility across from the nature center. There was one of the 3-pointer bucks back there, rubbing his head against some of the scrub […]

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That Rattlesnake was a Surprise, 11-24-18

I headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve around 8:00 am.  It was overcast, around 58°, and mist-raining when I got there, but the mist stopped shortly after I arrived. I was able to do a slow 3 hour walk but couldn’t cover as much ground as I normally could. Saw lots of different […]

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Fungi, a Coyote and a Great Horned Owl, 01-28-18

I headed out to the American River Bend Park for a walk this morning. It was overcast and foggy, and about 38º there. Brrr! I wasn’t looking for anything in particular so I just ambled around the park, taking this trail and then that one. I came across quite a few different mushrooms and other […]

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Deer, Deer and More Deer on My Rainy Birthday Walk, 01-22-18

Day 4 of my 4-day Birthday Weekend. Happy birthday to me! I got up around 5:30 this morning to a dense overcast and drizzly rain. I waited until the sun came up a little bit more before heading over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk. Because it was chilly (around 45º) and […]

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Lots of Deer and Some Red-Shouldered Hawks, 12-03-17

Around 7:00 am, I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. I saw a LOT of deer today.  The bucks are still chasing the does around, and the does with fawns were all hanging out in another part of the preserve waiting for the boys to calm down. Hah! CLICK HERE for the full […]

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First Fungi of the Season, 12-02-17

Around 7:00 am I headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk.  I’d gone there looking for fungi – even though I know it’s very early in the season. I found a few nice specimens – mostly different kinds of honey fungus and chanterelles, and a really nice-looking Barometer Earthstar, among others. […]

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Fungi, Frost and a Few Birds

I’m on a holiday break until January 2, 2017.  Today, I was up  at around 7:00 am.  It was 32° outside, and there was a heavy frost on the rental car; ice was even keeping the door shut.  I had a splitting headache but was getting a bit stir crazy, so I went over to […]

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Vacation Day 13: The American River Bend Park

DAY 13 OF MY VACATION.  Up at 7:30 this morning. The sky was totally overcast all day and temperatures were in the 50’s and 60’s…and we’re supposed to have rain on and off for about a week now.  I hope this bodes well for the rest of the fall/winter seasons: lots of rain to soak […]

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Redbuds and Slime Molds at the River Park

I got up around 7:00 am.  A big storm was expected to move in later this afternoon so I figured I’d better get outside while it was still relatively dry outside.  Almost made it.  It did start raining, but nothing too heavy…  I went over to the American River Bend Park and walked around for […]

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Mostly Deer and Fungi

I slept in a little bit and got up about 7:15 am.  I put a load of laundry into the washer and then got myself ready to head out to the American River Bend Park to look for fungus.  I was nice outside: in the 50’s (my favorite temperature to walk in). As I was […]

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