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A Very Large Spider and a Nasty Thistle

July 31, 10 am.Today we are working as a team to try and control some of the invasive thistles and other invasive plants that grow on the mitigation lands. we are looking for the thistle called Canada thistle or Creeping thistle, Circium arvense. Canada thistle is a...

Poison Hemlock as a Food Source for Birds

Monday July 29th, 12:00 pmThe heat has eased off today and there is a pleasant breeze as I walk along the riparian area in the center of the valley. It is alive with fledgling birds begging for food from their parents as usual. Along the fence there is a variety of...

A Lovely Migrant

Thursday, July 18th 9 amIt is a glorious summer day and I am walking along the riparian corridor of Berry creek heading to Davis creek. It is late July and there is still water in both of the creeks, though Berry creek has slowed down and I know it will be dry after...

Week #29 Elk Bull, Cow, and Calf

Week #29 Elk Bull, Cow, Calf Bull in velvet is keeping an elk cow from her calf. The mother’s response is aggressive as she tries to protect her baby. Thirty days after birthing elk cows come back into estrus( defined as “in-heat”: a recurring period...

Flowers and Pollinators

July 15th, 9:30 amAs the summer moves along I am taken with how mild this summer is compared to last year. The temperatures have been marvelous, not too hot, and not too cold. Having fog last week, in the early hours of the day, and then the temperature not going much...