In the Yard, 05-03-19

Look around your yard and see what you can find: eggs, nymphs, caterpillars, spiders, bees, flies, lady beetles… CLICK HERE for the album of photos. Species List: 1. Asian Lady Beetle, Harlequin Labybug, Harmonia axyridis, 2. Assassin Bug, Zelus renardii, 3. Cheeseweed, Common Mallow, Malva neglecta, 4. Common Lilac, Syringa vulgaris, 5. Convergent Lady Beetle, […]

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Pre-Field Trip Field Trip at Lake Solano, 03-13-19

I got up around 6:00 this morning so I could head out to Lake Solano Park in Winters, CA. This was a recon for the trip we’ll be doing with the whole class on Saturday, and I wanted to check out where plants were growing, if the ferns were out yet, what birds were out […]

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Still Not a Lot of Variety Yet, 11-12-18

I got up around 7:00 am, fed the dog his breakfast, and then went out to the Cosumnes River Preserve for a walk. There was still a lot of smoke in the air from the Camp Fire. The preserve still doesn’t have enough water in it, so it was something of a disappointment, but I […]

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The Cows Were More Obvious Today, 10-20-18

I had decided to just rest up over this weekend, but I couldn’t resist heading out to the Cosumnes River Preserve in the early morning. The preserve had posted that 90% of their wetland areas had water in them, so I wanted to see what it was like out there. Uh. If what I saw […]

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The Bugs Were More Interesting Today, 10-15-18

DAY 10 OF MY VACATION.  I got up around 6:30 this morning, expecting to meet with an on-line friend, Dee, at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Dee had to cancel at the last minute because her dog got skunked, but I decided to go to the hatchery for a walk anyway. There wasn’t much of anything […]

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Insects at the Wetlands, 09-09-18

I headed out to the Cosumnes River Preserve to see how things looked there. On the way to the preserve, I counted 15 hawks along the highway (not including two that had been hit by cars), and that seemed to bode well, but at the preserve itself it’s still pretty bleak. They’re just now starting […]

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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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A Thanksgiving River Otter, 11-23-17

Around 7:00 am I headed out to the Cosumnes River Preserve for a walk. It was super foggy all the way to the preserve. In some places, the fog was so thick I could only see a car length or two in front of me. When I got to the preserve, the fog had lifted […]

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Birds and Jumping Spiders, 09-20-17

Had a rough day. I knew I needed to get out into nature, get the aggravation out of my system and find some joy.  It was still pretty nice outside – 79º, overcast and breezy, so I went over to the WPA Rock Garden and duck pond for a short walk. Here is an album […]

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After Work at the WPA Rock Garden, 09-14-17

After work, it was still relatively nice outside, so I went over to the WPA Rock Garden and duck pond for a short walk. I came across the caterpillar of a Redhumped Caterpillar Moth on one of the Redbud Trees there.  They’re considered a pest species because they can have three generations in a single […]

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Insects at the WPA Rock Garden, 09-05-17

On my way home from work, since I had to detour past it anyway, I stopped at the WPA Rock Garden by the zoo for a little while. The hot humid air was difficult for me to breathe, so I was only there for about an hour.  I was hoping that the Jumping Wasp Galls […]

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At the William Land Park, 08-05-17

I went over to William Land Park to look for bugs and galls. It was still overcast, but a little bit cooler than yesterday when I headed out, around 66º… When I got to the park, it was actually still “too dark” to take many photos, so I watched the ducks in the pond for […]

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