One of the World’s Most Impressive Birds

November 11, 8:30 am There is a bit of ground fog this morning, so it is a little cooler than the past few days.I am walking out along Mill Creek on the east side. It is a fine riparian corridor with lots of streamside vegetation, such as Oregon Ash, Willow, and Leaf...

Two Hoofed Mammal Cousins

November 5th, 10 am. Today is another cool, clear, fall day. It is a day for me to compare two ungulates, the Black-tailed deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus and the Tule Elk, Cervus elaphus nannodes, that live in the mitigation lands and in  Mendocino County. Our...

A “Day of the Dead” Blog

October 24th, 8:30 am. As autumn progresses and Halloween approaches I begin to see the earth around me full of signs of the season. I am not a great fan of Halloween but prefer the celebration of the Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos, because I do love the idea...

What a Difference Some Rain Makes

October 8th, 10 am. The bright clear sky is an intense blue. It is crisp out but it will be warm this afternoon, so I am dressed in layers. There is a sweet smell in the air of dampness. The mosses have turned dark green from the moisture. I am aware of a sense of...

RCD Team Busy in Streams Before Waters Rise

October 2nd, Wednesday, 2:20 p.m. LARGE DEBRIS ACCUMULATIONS. Yesterday and today the Willits RCD team, and fisheries biologist, Joe Scriven from the Ukiah office, have been working on Stream Channel Maintenance. For the last 5 years the stream channels on the Willits...

The Autumn Singer

September 24th, 1:00 pm. This is a fine autumn day. The morning was cool enough for me to start the day wearing layers including a down vest. Now the temperature is approaching hot so I am down to my t-shirt layer! The sky is a clear, brilliant blue with not a cloud...