Lots of Springtime Insects, 04-20-19

I got up around 6:30 this morning and headed out to the American River Bend Park. It was overcast and in the 50’s when I went out, but by the time I got back home, around noon, the clouds were breaking up, and it was sunny and breezy for the rest of the day. Just […]

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A Very Hairy Butterfly Encounter, 04-06-19

I led some of my Certified California Naturalist students on a walk around the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. My coworker Bill Grabert and our volunteer Roxanne Moger joined me. There were about 10 of us altogether. Because the nature center was hosting a donor event today, we stayed out of the parking lot and parked […]

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Two Nesting Doves and a Squirrel Alarm, 04-02-19

I got up around 6:15 this morning and headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve again. It was overcast and drizzly on and off all day and was about 51° when I got to the preserve. I was joined there by two of my naturalist students, Johannes T. and Kelli O.  Whenever I take […]

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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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An Overcast Day at the Preserve, 02-28-19

Date: Thursday, 02-28-19 Time: 7:30 am to 10:30 am Location: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608 Habitat: Oak Woodland and riparian boundary Weather: Overcast, 43° to 46° Narrative: I headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my trail walking right after I fed the dog his breakfast. I […]

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Fungus Walk with a CalNat Student, 02-24-19

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm PST Location: American River Bend Park, 2300 Rod Beaudry Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827 Habitat: Oak Woodland, Riparian, along the American River Weather: 43° to 53°, overcast but not raining Narrative: I’d scheduled a fungus walk at the American River Bend Park for my naturalist students […]

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A Walk with My Naturalist Students, 02-18-19

Date: Monday, February 18, 2019 Time: 7:30 am to 11:30 am Temperature: 31° to 53° Weather: Sunny, clear, breezy, cool Location: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608 Lat/Log: 38.6174656, -121.3115716 Narrative:  This walk was an impromptu walk for the Tuleyome CalNat course which I led.  We had 16 people, along with […]

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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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Mostly Lots of Deer and Bucks with Wonky Antlers, 11-18-17

I wanted to sleep in a little bit today, but my dog Sergeant Margie wanted to get up to pee at 5:30 am. So, I let him out and went back to bed. Then he sat on the bed staring at me: he also wanted his breakfast. Hah! It’s a good thing he’s so cute… […]

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Found New Kind of Slime Mold

I’m still feeling a bit crappy — fighting a cough and cold bug — but I was also getting a little stir crazy just laying around the house, so I got up around 7:00 am and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk and some fresh air. I was looking for […]

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