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A Woodland Changing from Winter to Spring

This woodland of Valley oak and Ash has a healthy population of North Coast Semaphore Grass coming up. This Pioneer violet, Viola glabella, is an early wildflower commonly found in moist shaded places in woods. The maroon stems and soft apple-green leaves identify...

A Focused Hunter

A close-up of a Great Blue heron head and bill. A typical stalking walk, with that long neck stretched out and eyes focused on the ground. A resting Great Blue Heron, still keeping a lookout for predators. A  Great Blue heron heading out to the inundation areas to...

Late Winter Tracking

Coyote tracks showing the oval overall shape and the sharp claws. Wild turkey track with a cell phone showing the large size! The California quail tracks compared to the Dusky woodrat tracks show us how small the feet of woodrats are. This large Tule elk track has a...

Beaver Magic

Here is the beaver interested group without Brock since he is taking the photo! It was about 1 mile of walking through knee deep water to get to Outlet Creek.  One of the trees the beavers have been working on for food and dams. This is the nonnative red swamp...

More About the Tule Elk in Winter

Bull elk waiting while a cow elk crosses over our wildlife-friendly fences. Tule elk females, called cows, using our wildlife-friendly crossings.  Dominant Cow elk making barking noises at me. Elk herd prancing through the water in the Mill Creek overflow wetland....