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Midsummer Highlights

Wild rose with honey bee gathering pollen and nectar. A beautiful stand of Western goldenrod, Euthamia occidentalis. The flowers  and wide fuzzy leaves of Showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. The flowers of the narrow leaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis.  Native...

The Benefits of Wildlife Cameras

A Tule elk cow mother with her spotted calf. This Black-tailed deer buck has velvet antlers. A juvenile Black bear crossing Outlet creek. A large bull Tule elk with large velvet antlers. This Red-shouldered hawk took a solitary bath in Outlet Creek. ​July 6th, 2021...

American Kestrels and Barn Owls

American Kestrel nesting box built by Caltrans contractors on the Willits Bypass Mitigation lands. This is one of the Barn owl, Tyto alba,  nesting boxes on the east side of the bypass viaduct. Some European Starlings,  Sturnus vulgaris, were using it to rest on, when...

Late Spring Sunflowers

 Wyethia angustifolia, blooming on the mitigation seasonal wet meadow. A large number of Narrow leaf mule ears bloomed this year and the pollinators appreciated them! This native bumble bee, Bombus vasrienskii, the Yellow faced bumble, I was able to tell it was a male...