A Day Walking the Creek

August 8th, 9 am. Today I am joining a couple of colleagues on a survey of two creeks looking for log jams that could impede fish passage during the salmon migration times. They will mark each log jam location so that we can come back before the winter rains and...

Baby Birds Everywhere

August 1st 8:30 am. It is a warm morning and I am out early to try and beat the heat. It is also obvious that the birds are more active this time of the day in this riparian area on Outlet Creek. There are lots of bird sounds especially the young birds calling to...

The Majestic Valley Oak Woodland

July 25th,  8:30 am. The heat of summer is building up. Each day seems to be hotter and drier. The shade of the trees is something I have been appreciating more each day and today especially since the temperature gauge in my car said it was already 97 degrees. Trees...

Tracks and Scats

Friday, July 13th, 9 am It is an unusual summer morning. The sky is full of grey clouds and it feels like it is going to rain. I am thrilled by this idea and have not brought my raincoat. It is warm with a breeze that is full of the smells of summer in the valley,...

An Abundance of Life in the Summer Wetlands

BACK TO PROJECT PAGE July 6th, 10 am. The fourth of July holiday is over and I am checking in on the north end of the mitigation lands. The Watson area is where the wetland habitat is dominant. There are plants that are called obligate wetland plants, which means they...

The Early Days of Summer

June 25th, 10:30 am. Today does not seem as hot as the two days prior. The forecast said it would get to be 88 degrees and for me, as long as the temperature is below 90 it feels perfect. I am walking a loop around Outlet Creek and Mill Creek, around a large area of...