Lots of Caterpillars along the American River, 05-25-19

I got around 6:00 am this morning and headed out to the American River Bend Park for my walk. It was overcast for most of the day, but I was able to do my walk without getting rained on, so that was good. The first thing I saw when I got there was the leucistic […]

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Deer, Squirrels and Vultures on 10-27-18

I got around 6:30 am and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. It was a little foggy and about 49º at the preserve when I got there but went up to about 77º by the afternoon. The first thing I saw when I got into the preserve was a large 3-pointer buck. He […]

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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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Saw My “Nemesis Bird”, 07-04-18

Happy Fourth.  I went out to the Cosumnes River Preserve for a walk and was disappointed to see most of the water now gone from the slough by the boardwalk paring lot. That was the only “wet” left in the wetlands area – and animals that depend on that water don’t have ready access to […]

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A Beaver, Babies and a Bison Snaketail

I got up around 5:45 this morning and headed out to the American River Bend Park for a walk.  I hadn’t been out there for quite a while, and wanted to see if the water plants were growing along the banks yet, and if the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars were starting to make their chrysalises.  No […]

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No Foolin’ on April Fool’s Day

Even though I have today off, I got up around 6:00 and was out the door to the American River Bend Park by about 6:30 am. The vetch and Tule Peas are starting to bloom at the park, along with Sticky Monkey Flowers and Miniature Lupine.  The fennel is just starting to sprout, but already […]

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Galls, Birds and Spiders at the Cosumnes Preserve

On Sunday, I was exhausted from Saturday’s excursion, so I didn’t go back to Lodi for the wood-carving class. Instead, I eased into my morning and then around 8:30 or so headed off to the Cosumnes River Preserve for a walk there. It was overcast when I went out and started to rain during my […]

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