At the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, 02-27-18

Around 7:30 I headed over to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. This was going to be the last day they were going to do the Steelhead spawning, and I wanted to film some of that process for the naturalist students. When I got to the hatchery, nothing was open yet, so I walked the ground for […]

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Foggy and Cold on MLK Day, 01-15-18

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I’m feeling better; just really fatigued. I slept soundly last night and got up with the dog a little before 6:00 am.  By about 7:00 am I headed over to the Cosumnes River Preserve for a walk. It was chilly and super foggy in the morning hours, and only got […]

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Mostly Bucks in Rut, 12-09-17

Up at 5:30 am to let the dog out to pee, then we went back to bed for about an hour before I got up again and went over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk. It was literally freezing, 32º, at the river, and much of the preserve was covered in fog. […]

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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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Mostly Lots of Deer and Bucks with Wonky Antlers, 11-18-17

I wanted to sleep in a little bit today, but my dog Sergeant Margie wanted to get up to pee at 5:30 am. So, I let him out and went back to bed. Then he sat on the bed staring at me: he also wanted his breakfast. Hah! It’s a good thing he’s so cute… […]

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Mostly Webs at the Cosumnes Preserve, 11-05-16

I got up around 7:15 this morning, and it was foggy and around 48° outside.  I headed over to the Cosumnes River Preserve around 8:00 am to walk their “river trail” and see if there ant neat-looking ‘shrooms out there yet.  I didn’t see of those, but because of the fog all of the spider […]

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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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Mostly Redbuds and Butterflies

Around 7:00 I headed over to the American River Bend Park.  Rain is predicted here in the afternoon, so I figured I could get a few hours of walking in before the storm arrived. As I drove into the park the first thing I saw was a male mule deer (who had apparently recently lost […]

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Fungi and Critters at the River Bend Park on Saturday

I got up around 7:00 this morning and headed over to the American River Bend Park for my walk.  Rain was threatening and it was cold, but I wanted to see if the fungi had started to wake up there yet.  With a week’s worth of rain, I figured something should be showing itself by […]

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Wildflower Walk through the Capay Valley, 04-01-15

Day Five of my Vacation.  I got up around 6:30 am and headed out toward the Capay Valley to see if I could find any wildflowers still in bloom.  I was happy to find LOTS of them!  They were all along the side of the road heading up Highway 16.  I also stopped along Bear […]

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‘Shrooms, Slime Molds, Birds and Bucks

I got up around 7:00 this morning and was out the door by 7:30 am to go over to the American River Bend Park for another fungus crawl.  Saw a lot of ‘shrooms, and lichen, and other fungi – and two specimens of Insect Egg Slime Mold that were really good.  I also saw a […]

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In Search of Coral Fungus

Up at 8:00 am.  I had some coffee and went through some of my photos from yesterday.  Then around 9:30 I headed back to the River Bend Park. I went to a different part of the park today, and was on the lookout specifically for coral fungus.  I found one small specimen, so I know […]

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