Deer Jousting and Turkeys Mating Today, 03-12-19

I went out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve and got there around 8:00 am. I was joined there by fellow volunteer trail-walker, Mary M. (The-Other-Mary), and we walked for a little over 3 hours. It was a very interesting walk! Very early into the walk, we came across a Red-Shouldered Hawk who then joined […]

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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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Fungus Walk with a CalNat Student, 02-24-19

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm PST Location: American River Bend Park, 2300 Rod Beaudry Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827 Habitat: Oak Woodland, Riparian, along the American River Weather: 43° to 53°, overcast but not raining Narrative: I’d scheduled a fungus walk at the American River Bend Park for my naturalist students […]

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Cool Tracks and a Coyote, 09-22-18

Happy Autumnal Equinox and Happy National Public Lands Day. I got up around 6:30 and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk. I wasn’t expecting to see a lot there because we’re kind of in between seasons right now – and I didn’t see much. But the exercise was good for […]

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Mostly Galls and Fawns, 08-04-18

Up at 5:30 to get over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve by 6:30. The smoke in the air was thick again and the sun came up over the American River fiery red, making the water look like lava. It was about 60º when I got to the preserve and made it up to about […]

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A New Gall (for Me) at the Preserve, 07-14-18

Around 5:30 am I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. Even that early in the morning, it was already 67º degrees outside. It got up to 93º but felt a lot hotter because of the humidity in the air. Pleh! At the preserve, there weren’t as many deer out this time as there […]

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Yellow-Billed Magpies and Other Critters, 06-24-18

I headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. It was 68º when I left the house, and 75º when I got back home a little after 9:00 am. The first thing I saw when I got to the preserve was a huge flock of Yellow-Billed Magpies foraging for bugs and seeds on the lawns […]

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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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European Starling Fledglings in Their Nesting Cavity, 06-02-18

I was up around 5:30 this morning and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk before it got too hot outside.  It was about 61º when I got to the preserve, and it got up to 90º by the afternoon. Because my walk was somewhat abbreviated, I didn’t get very far, […]

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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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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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