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The Lack of Rain

February 20th 9am The fact that we have not had much rain so far and it is late into February has me thinking of the weather patterns and their influence on wildlife, particularly on the birds. The days are perfectly gorgeous, with blue skies with sometimes billowy...

King-o’-the Woods

February 3rd, 9 am. Today the frost on the ground is thick but the sky is blue and clear so I know it will warm up. I am at our upland site called Plasma, adjacent to Eastside road and heading for the valley oak woodland toward the north western edge. The first...

More About Lichens and a Little About Mosses

January 25th, 9 am This time of the year, because of all the moisture in the ground and on the trees, is the best time to look at the fabulous world of lichens and mosses. The lack of leaves and all the wetness allows these species to grow, reproduce, and be noticed...

The Small and Active Townsend’s Warbler

​January 16, 10 am. In one of my walks out on the north end of the valley, as I was observing the lichen hanging from the trees in the ash forest, a brightly colored active bird caught my attention. It was flashing black and yellow as it clung upside down to the...

The Feral Pigs

January 6th, 10 am. Today I want to talk about the feral pigs that have recently become a serious problem on the mitigation lands. The last few years we have seen some pig activity but this year it appears we have as many as 30 pigs that are roaming the valley digging...