CalNat Class, Week 2, 02-15-18

The Winter 2019 Certified California Naturalist class I’m co-teaching for Tuleyome in Woodland, CA with Bill Grabert, Nate Lillge and wonderful volunteer (and former class graduate) Roxanne Moger,  is now in its second week, and we’ve got a great group of students. This week students got to hear from Nancy Ullrey, Executive Director of the […]

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Cosmo the Baby Flamingo and Other Critters, 01-22-19

I treated myself to a walk at Sacramento Zoo to celebrate my birthday. It was bright and clear outside, and on the cold side. It was about 44° when I got to the zoo and only in the 50’s when I headed back home. Tuleyome’s post-wildfire restoration project was up on one of the wishing […]

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A Wednesday Walk at Lake Solano Park, 11-07-18

I got up around 6:00 this morning and headed out to Lake Solano Park for Tuleyome’s scheduled “Wednesday Walk” there. I stopped in Woodland to pick up some stuff for lunch, and then continued on to the park, arriving there just a little bit before 8:00 am. When I drove into the main gate, I […]

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Working on Piñatas: The “Any Bird”

In the summer of 2018 I’ll be teaching several adults-only workshops on making and decorating tabletop piñatas.  The first four classes are called “Monumental Piñatas” events (because they’re based on creatures and plants found in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument), and the last two classes art called “Art/Nature Fusion” events. All of the classes […]

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Working on Piñatas: “Evergreen Santa”

In the summer of 2018 I’ll be teaching several adults-only workshops on making and decorating tabletop piñatas.  The first four classes are called “Monumental Piñatas” events (because they’re based on creatures and plants found in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument), and the last two classes art called “Art/Nature Fusion” events. All of the classes […]

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At the Silver Spur Ranch, 09-24-17

I spent the majority of the day to/from/at Tuleyome’s Silver Spur Ranch property with my coworkers Nate, Bill and Kristie.  We were supposed to be going out there so Zarah Wyly from the Sacramento Tree Foundation could check the place out, in anticipation of doing an acorn gathering event there.  But I also wanted to […]

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Stink Bug Nymphs

I attended the 4-H Sparks Fair at the University of California, Davis campus with my Tuleyome coworker Bill Grabert. Since Bill knew the campus better than I did, we went to the fair in his car. Before heading out, we stopped by a rose bush in his front yard to check out the circles cut […]

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Met Three Raptors on Thursday

I facilitated a lecture at the Davis library on the 20th, with a representative from West Coast Falconry. CLICK HERE to see the full album of photos. The talk was led by a young woman named Amber, who brought three birds. Amber had somehow gotten the time frame mixed up, and arrived at the library at […]

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Woot! I’ve Been Okayed to Teach the Naturalist Course at Tuleyome!

I just got word from the University of California that Bill Grabert and I have been okayed to teach the California Naturalist course for Tuleyome! Adina Merenlender, who oversees the program for the state wrote in part: “We are impressed with the diverse experiences you both bring to CalNat as instructors. Its clear you are […]

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A New CalNat Course is Finally in the Works

I finally got word from the board president at Tuleyome that they have approved my going forward with piloting a Certified California Naturalist (CalNat) course for them!  Woot!  I’ve been wanting to do this for about 2 years now. The board president wrote: “…Last night the board unanimously decided to move forward with the naturalist program… […]

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An Exhausting But Interesting Weekend at EcoCamp Berryessa

Tuleyome staff (of which I’m a part) and members enjoyed a great event at Ecocamp Berryessa over the weekend. Almost 70 people showed up, and participated in a picnic BBQ, a prize drawing, an impromptu hike along the North End Trail, fun on the water, and lots of comradery. Wildlife was heard and spotted throughout […]

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