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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CalNat 2019 Winter Class 7, 03-22-19

The focus of today’s Certified California Naturalist class was “Animals”, and our guest speaker was Diane Nichols, the founder and Executive Director of Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis, CA. Gere is a short video clip of a part of the presentation: https://youtu.be/-CoWsQQdAPY CLICK HERE for the full album of photos. Student Johannes Troost brought […]

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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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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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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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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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Butterflies and Moths for the CalNat Class, 02-01-19

I got an order from Carolina Biological today of some live critters for my Certified California Naturalist course: five Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars, three Polyphemus Moth cocoons, and six Tobacco Hornworm pupal cases. The caterpillars came in a sealed jar with an agar-like material on the bottom to feed them as they grow. When they […]

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That Phainopepla was a Surprise, 09-29-18

I got up around :30 this morning and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my walk. The weather was just how I like it: cool, in the 50’s, partly cloudy, a tiny bit breezy. Loved it! The first thing I saw was a small herd of Columbian Black-Tailed Deer: all does and […]

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No Stand Outs on a Cool Morning, 08-14-18

Much, much cooler today than it has been in WEEKS, in the high 80’s. It was soooo nice.  I went out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve, but the cooler temperatures must have told all of the critters to sleep in, because it was hard to find anything – except for wasp galls. It also […]

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The Baby Deer Has a Bad Cough, 06-30-18

I got up around 5:00 am, and headed out to the Effie Yeaw Preserve again before it got too hot outside. It’s supposed to get up to 103º today. It was 61º at the river when I got there, and by the time I left at 8:30 am it was already 78º. Ugh! CLICK HERE […]

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A Partially Blind Deer at the Preserve, 04-12-18

I had to get another nature fix today before finishing off all of the packing and taking stuff to the thrift store for them to recycle, so I went over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just open to whatever Nature wanted to show me today. In front […]

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