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Autumn Berries: A Feast for Birds

The white-blue berries of Brown-stem dogwood Masses of Poison oak berries hiding lots of Golden-crowned sparrows A petite Lincoln’s sparrow in the Himalayan blackberries This immature White-crowned sparrow is sitting in a California wild rose bush surrounded by...

Communication in the Tule Elk Herd

Cow Tule elk with spring born calf  One of our large groups of cow elk and calves Side view of a large mature bull elk with nine points on his antlers Group of cow elk with their calves Big bull elk looking out for his herd Another herd with its...

The California Ground Squirrel

A California ground squirrel on the lookout on one of our smoky days. A quick nose kiss to acknowledge the lookout Ground squirrel. A colony of ground squirrels live in this hillside. Look carefully and you will see a second Ground squirrel coming to look. Both of the...

Late Summer Blooms In the Little Lake Valley

Western golden top or goldenrod,, Euthamia occidentalis, is a showy perennial that grows in the riparian corridors and wet meadow grasslands. It is used by many pollinators. Narrow leaf milkweed,  Asclepias fascicularis, is still blooming at this late date, providing...

Three Species of Snakes in the Valley

This Western Terrestrial Garter snake, Thamnophis elegans, is our most common snake in the Little Lake Valley. A rare look at aWestern Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor mormon, in one of our oak tree protection tubes. Probably enjoying the protection afforded...