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Robins in the Rain

Sunday, December 1, 10 am. The day is grey, with low clouds covering the hillsides and drizzle as I am walking near Mill Creek, on the east side of Highway 101.  Since my rain gauge showed it rained over 2.50 inches during the last week, I am curious to see if any...

Wild Turkeys

​ November 24th 10 am As Thanksgiving approaches, I always want to write about our Wild turkeys that are found throughout the area in grasslands, wet meadows, mixed forests, and on the drier hillsides. Last year I wrote about how these turkeys are not native to this...

A Few Fascinating Facts About Woodpeckers

November 14, 9 am. It is another beautiful fall day as I walk around the Willits Valley Mitigation Land along Davis Creek. The trees have mostly lost their leaves, their silhouettes outlined against the blue, blue sky. I can hear the drumming of a close-by woodpecker....

The Benefits of Grazing on the Mitigation Lands

November 11, 2 pm   Upon looking out into the Little Lake Valley landscape, what is seen is the flat, open grazing lands that are an important part of the complex ecosystems within it. The Willits Bypass Mitigation Project covers 2,094 acres of the Little Lake Valley...

Two Migratory Raptors

October 29th,  9 am.  In October and November there are many raptors that arrive here in the Willits Valley on their way south from the far northern regions. This week I was lucky to see two of these species, the Rough-legged hawk and the Ferruginous hawk. The...