Little Lake Valley Restoration Blog

Bears In Little Lake Valley

After many weeks of reviewing hours of black bear footage on our wildlife video cameras, it is time to write something about them! This is a masting year for many of our oak species in Little Lake Valley, meaning they have produced a huge number of acorns. Many animals are reaping the benefits this fall,…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

(repost) As Thanksgiving approaches, I always want to write about our Wild Turkeys that are found throughout the area in grasslands, wet meadows, mixed forests, and on the drier hillsides. Last year I wrote about how these turkeys are not native to this area and talked about their impact on the native animals such as…

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An Unusual Woodpecker Visitor

November 1st, 2021 The last two weeks as I have been performing wildlife surveys in Little Lake Valley, an unusual sound has caught my attention along the riparian corridors and oak woodlands. A sort of churring and rapid squeaking that I had not ever heard before. When I investigated, I was excited and thrilled to…

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The Hidden World of Funnel Weavers

October 12, 2021 Walking through the Little Lake Valley grasslands every fall and winter, I notice many interesting funnel-like spider webs strung between the taller grasses and stalks of dead plants. Upon closer observation I notice they are a complex system of many silk threads coming together in a funnel with a hole at the…

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Week #30 Bear Patrol

Watch as these American black bears explore their surroundings, forage for food, and inspect some of the infrastructure out on the Mitigation Lands. These Black bears are well adapted to living in the woodlands and using thick vegetation for cover during the day.

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