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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...

The Western Gray Squirrel

October 22, 10 am.   There are many Western Gray squirrels, Sciurus griseus, in the oak and ash tree woodland we call “Plasma” in the Willits Valley. This year there are some very large and beautiful valley oaks there that have plenty of acorns. It is...

Bright Red Wild Rose Hips

October 16, 9 am. Fall is a time for wild berries and seeds – our oaks are full of acorns, the madrones full of their red-orange berries, dogwoods have their purple berries, poison oak has pale white berries, and the wild rose has its bright red “hips.” These...

The Crowned Sparrows are Back!

October 9, 2019 This time of year, the birds that come back to winter in the Little Lake Valley begin to fill the void that those spring nesters have left. They don’t sing as much and are not as brightly colored, but they are a wonderful presence. Today I am looking...

A Few Juvenile Birds

September 23, 10 am.First day of fall and it is perfect out. The clear blue sky with that crispness in the air says fall is here. I am noticing an increase in the sparrows, the crowned sparrows as they are called, with their songs of “oh dear me” and the...