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The Sounds of Spring

April 4, 2022 Having been out of town for the entire month of March it is very exciting to return to find spring is well on its way here. There are flowers blooming along the roadsides such as Lupines and Buttercups. The vibrant green of the Willits Valley is soothing to my eyes and psyche.…

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A Misty Walk through the Wetlands

3/17/2022 During a rainy and foggy Thursday morning walk, I observed a wide variety of wildlife congregating on the wet meadows of the north end of the valley. As I looked through my binoculars to identify the groups of Mallards and Wigeons, I noticed several Greater Yellowlegs foraging at the edge of the inundated field.…

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Red-shouldered Hawks in the Valley

2/19/2022 While enjoying a mid-day lunch break in an oak woodland on the south end of the Willits Mitigation Bypass Lands, I was fortunate to experience three Red-shouldered Hawks putting on an early spring display. The incessant shrieking of this forestland raptor sent alarms throughout the canopy. As the hawk’s calling grew louder, it appeared…

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Another Look At Lichens

February 22, 2022 While out in the valley I am always astounded at the sheer volume of lichens hanging off a variety of trees. Some of them actually look “cloaked,” blanketed with foliose lichens. In the past I have talked about the fishnet lichen, Ramalina menziesii, also called Lace lichen, which is one of our…

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Western Gray Squirrels In February

February 9, 2022 In the oak woodlands of the Willits Mitigation Lands southern piece of property, called Plasma, the deciduous Valley Oaks are full of much life and sounds. Besides the entertaining ‘waka waka waka’ of our resident Acorn Woodpeckers, the churring of our new winter migrants, the Lewis’s Woodpeckers, is still a delight to…

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Green-winged Teal in Little Lake Valley

As winter progresses and we continue to have the gift of decent rainfall, Little Lake Valley has flooded and filled with the familiar sound of waterfowl. We have many species that are found in the wetlands and ponds including Canada Geese, White-fronted Geese, American and Eurasian Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, Cinnamon Teals, and the ducks I…

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A Time for Bryophytes

Winter is a time for the Bryophytes which includes the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Recently when I was out evaluating the inundation on the northern end of the valley, I discovered an area where all three of these plant types are growing. This blog is mostly about hornworts, since it is the first time I…

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