• Public Tour and Nature Walk August 19th Friday Willits Valley Mitigation Lands

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  • Week #20 Elegant Herons and Egrets

    This Great Egret and Great Blue Heron are taking advantage of the shallow pools of water along the drying up creeks, picking off crayfish and other invertebrates.

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  • Riparian Corridors: Rich Biodiversity

    August 2nd, 2022 What are riparian corridors and why are they important? This is an important topic to be talking about at this point in the summer because looking out at the mitigation lands, it is the riparian corridors that are green and relatively lush with plant life right now. When I am out walking…

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  • MCRCD Receives $1.38 Million for Sustainable Cannabis

    MCRCD is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded funds through CDFW’s first round of Cannabis Restoration Grant Program’s Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity, one of only two applicants statewide. MCRCD will receive $1,388,181 for water conservation projects in the South Fork Eel River Watershed. The funds will focus on three cannabis cultivation sites and…

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  • Week #19 Terrific Towhees!

    Watch these California resident birds forage and hop around in the dry vegetation. The buzzy call of the Spotted Towhee is prominent.

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  • The Spotted Towhee and the California Towhee

    July 18th, 2022 The summer days are so lovely in the mornings. Cool and clear blue skies get me out early to see what I can. There is still birdsong out there, but it is definitely waning and is being replaced with the sound of juvenile birds begging for food, calling to their parents or…

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  • Week #18 Jumping Chorus Frogs

    Watch these Pacific Chorus Frogs move and disperse through low vegetation during the last few days of wet weather!

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  • The Interesting and Common Pacific Chorus Frog

    With these wonderful summer rains, I have been seeing an abundance of juvenile Pacific Chorus frogs, or treefrogs as they are called. Everywhere I walk in Little Lake Valley, I must watch where I step because they are hopping through the tall grass and the edges of the creeks and wet meadows. Sometimes I am…

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  • Week #17 A Common Merganser Family

    Watch this Common Merganser mother navigate the creeks of the Willits Bypass Mitigation with her growing ducklings. Mergansers dive under the water for small fish and aquatic invertebrates. Look for the Merganser swimming under water at the end of the video!

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  • The Common Merganser

    June 29, 2022 One of the many projects I am involved with on the Willits Bypass Mitigation Lands is installing video cameras in locations where we can capture some wildlife activity. This duty is shared with my colleague and awesome wildlife observer, Jacob Stubberfield. He has taught me a lot about how and where to…

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  • Willits Mitigation Lands Public Tour/Nature Walk – July 23

    July 23, 2022 We will be looking for signs of wildlife, (such as Tule Elk, American Beaver, birds etc.) and looking at native plants. Spots are limited. To RSVP and for more information contact marisela@mcrcd.org

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  • Week #16 Streamside Wildlife

    Check out the variety of wildlife that frequent a popular shaded creek crossing. A mother cow elk tends to her calf and a raccoon that may have lost its tail to a predator make an appearance!

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