Little Lake Valley Restoration Blog

California Quail

February 22, 2024 The California Quail (Callipipla californica) is a common bird resident of the Willits Bypass Mitigation Lands. It is found in oak woodlands, riparian corridors, and in wetland habitats. This bird is about the size of a pigeon, nine and a half to ten and a half inches long and stands six to…

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Blooming Winter Willows

February 13, 2024 Today, I was out looking for signs of spring. Yes, it’s early, but there are signals that the seasons are changing. The days are getting longer, there is rain and warmth, and early flowers are beginning to bloom. There are not too many wildflowers on the Willits Bypass Mitigation Lands, but trees…

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Quote the Raven

2/8/2024 Common Ravens are widely distributed and thrive in many habitat types throughout Mendocino County. They can be distinguished from crows by their larger overall size, big bill, and deeper ‘gurgling croak’ vocalizations. Ravens are omnivores so have been just as successful at adapting to human infrastructure as they have to natural environments. They have…

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Returning to Lichens

January 17, 2024 Once again, I want to talk about lichens. January is the best time to see these unusual organisms because the leaves are gone from the trees, and the rain brings them to life as they spread on the trunks and branches. California is home to over 2000 species of lichen. Lichens are…

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