Executive Director's Blog

News & Updates on the Conservancy

Big Bird

    (November 9, 2017)  This very large bird (see photo at right) was spotted on Conservancy mitigation land recently. Since being photographed, we’ve shopped the photo out to a number of experts for identification. We on the staff gave it a …

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Top 5 FAQ’s

An interview with John Roberts, Executive Director, The Natomas Basin Conservancy. “What are the most frequently asked questions you get?” Click on the photo icon to view the top 5 FAQ’s.

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Beak performance

(October 11, 2017)  This photo was taken by Conservancy field crews on the Conservancy’s BKS tract recently. Clearly, these Long-billed curlews like to wade and forage in mud flats and shallow water, and we try to provide that environment for them. And …

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Loch Ness monster?

(September 1, 2017)  The creature that is barely discernible in this photo may look like something much larger, but it is actually of that sometimes-cryptic Giant garter snake (GGS) making its way through some surface vegetation on one of the Conservan …

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Honey do

(August 17, 2017) On Conservancy preserves, we occasionally grow sunflowers as a rotation crop on land we use for Swanson’s hawk foraging. We had no idea that honey bees would like this so much. You’ve all read how important honey bees are, and even th …

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Munsters

(July 13, 2017)  First, this photo, taken today on the Conservancy’s BKS preserve, is of one of the largest great- horned owls I have ever seen. There are at least five of them on that one preserve, which leads one to conclude there must be a rich and …

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Button, button, who’s got the button?

(June 29, 2017)  Often asked if I have favorites on the Conservancy’s preserves, I usually state that all is beautiful and that all the flora and fauna are important. But honestly, every year at button willow blossoming time, my will power vanishes and …

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Bald is Beautiful

(May 2, 2017)  Yes, we’ve had Bald eagles in the Natomas Basin before, but rarely. We know they are seen more often the further north one travels. But sightings this far south, and in the Natomas Basin, are not at all common. Now, we have numerous phot …

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Aeronautical engineers: take note

(March 16, 2017)  Regarding this photo, taken this morning on the Conservancy’s flagship preserve (“BKS”), we have a question.  Or maybe what we have is simple wonderment. That is, why aren’t more aircraft designed this way? I mean with wings elevated …

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They’re Back!!!

(March 8, 2017)  Those cute little Burrowing owls. Over the years, I’ve posted on this blog on a couple of occasions that I am often asked which is my favorite of all the NBHCP’s Covered Species. My first thought when responding to this question is the …

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