CalNat Class, Week 4, 03-01-19

The naturalist class went very well again today. Roxanne, our volunteer couldn’t come, but co-workers Nate and Bill did all the heavy-lifting so I didn’t have to rearrange furniture to get the room set up and taken down again. I so appreciate their help and support. Nate had brought our spokesbears, Berry and her cub […]

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Not Many Good Photos Today, 12-02-18

I got up around 6:30 this morning, and decided I’d try going out to the Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges. It’s a long drive and I wasn’t sure how Wilson (my tumor)  would react to sitting in a vibrating thing, accelerating and decelerating for hours at a time. I tried going without any pain […]

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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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47 Species in One Day, 02-04-18

The dog and I got up around 6:00 am this morning, and headed out to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  It was so foggy between Sacramento and Woodland that traffic was moving at a crawl.  There were a few spots where the fog was so thick, I couldn’t see beyond the reach of the headlights, […]

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Birding at the Cosumnes Preserve, 02-01-18

I was invited to go for a birding walk at the Cosumnes River Preserve this morning, so I went to that before getting on with my normal work stuff. On my way to the preserve, I thought I saw a dead Bald Eagle along the side of the highway. I was going by at 70 […]

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Sometimes Nature Giveth You Eagles, 01-19-18

Day 1 of my 4-day birthday weekend. I was hoping to sleep in a bit, but the dog got me up around 6:00 am. I had originally planned to go to the zoo today, but something at the back of my brain kept nagging me to go to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge instead. With […]

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Eagles of Varying Ages, 12-30-17

I packed up a tin of dog food and a lunch for me, and we headed out to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge to do some birding. I was hoping to see a Bald Eagle or two… and ended up seeing about SEVEN of them, all different ages from juveniles that looked like they were […]

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Not Too Many Good Shots on Friday

Today after work, I stopped off along Desmond Road to see if – in the overcast and fog – there was anything to photograph.  I saw the Red-Shouldered Hawk again, but also got glimpses of a Kite and a Ferruginous Hawk along the side of the road.  By the time I found a place to […]

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Frost, Deer, Lots of Little Birds and an Owl!

I saw a post from the National Audubon Society that there’s a guy who’s going to try to see and photograph 5000 bird species in 2015.  Maybe I could challenge myself to photograph 1000 animal species in a year (and to help myself out, “animal species” will include just about anything that breathes, including insects)… […]

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Visit to West Coast Falconry

I slept in until almost 9:00 this morning; that was nice.  When I got up I did my morning ablutions stuff and brewed a pot of coffee, and then went through email, photos and journaling stuff before heading out to Marysville around 11:30 for my Owl Encounter at West Coast Falconry.  The write up for […]

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Lots of Geese, Raptors and Meadowlarks at the Refuge

I headed out to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. I had signed up to take a tram tour in the afternoon, but then I found out that the tram doesn’t cover any area that isn’t covered by the regular auto tour, so I went in earlier and just drove the circuit myself. I was hoping […]

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