Not included in the HCP’s list of “unforeseen circumstances.”

Nearly all of the rice planted on the Conservancy’s land is still in the ground, unharvested as of today. The Conservancy’s rice farmers are “mired in a slough of despondency” (to quote Shakespeare) over this year’s crop. One told me recently, “I just… Continue Reading Not included in the HCP’s list of “unforeseen circumstances.”

Vegetation management team

Just doin’ their job…

The nearby photo shows several of the Conservancy’s goats doing the “close-in” vegetation management work around marsh complexes. To a preserve manager, this is beauty beyond belief. We are required to manage the marsh complexes for the benefit of 22 o… Continue Reading Just doin’ their job…

Ayala Bridge plaque

Ayala Bridge

Some years ago, the Carlos Ayala family donated funds from their wedding gift to the Conservancy. It was an unexpected gift, but a wonderful, magnanimous gift, for sure. We wanted to commemorate the gesture, and did so by naming a bridge in their name.… Continue Reading Ayala Bridge

Egyptian Goose

Walks like an Egyptian

Out on site the other day with Conservancy Board President David Christophel and others, we were treated to an unexpected find. As we were doing a site inspection, David called out, “Stop! Look over there. I think that is an Egyptian goose.” We slowly… Continue Reading Walks like an Egyptian

Azolla on the surface of the North Drainage Canal

Walking on water

The aquatic plant on the surface of the North Drainage Canal, pictured here, is azolla (some call it mosquito fern). It is described in Wikipedia as follows: “Azolla floats on the surface of water by means of numerous, small, closely-overlapping scale-… Continue Reading Walking on water

The ESA Blawg

A popular “Blawg” with roots to the NBHCP

The lead attorney for the federal government in the NWF v. Babbitt case was a disciplined young man with an amazing intellect by the name of Keith Rizzardi. (Some may remember that the NWF v. Babbitt case resulted in the 1997 NBHCP becoming the 2003 NB… Continue Reading A popular “Blawg” with roots to the NBHCP

The Conservancy's 2009 Annual Report

Grainy photos

We are back and forth with thoughts about including photos in Conservancy communications. We do include them, and they truly do dress up documents. After all, they serve as a way for those interested in the Conservancy’s work to get a visual fix on the… Continue Reading Grainy photos

The Conservancy has spent thousands of dollars replacing native trees that have been planted over the past decade.

Seedlings and saplings and beavers

The first warning came from one of the best wildlife biologists I have ever met, Kelly Hornaday. About 11 years ago. She was then with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Sacramento, but is now on the East Coast. I had made a (I thought) funny… Continue Reading Seedlings and saplings and beavers

Burrowing Owls

B.O.

B.O. for burrowing owls; one of the NBHCP “Covered” species) We are pleased that the enhancement the Conservancy did in its Central Basin Reserve Area for the benefit of burrowing owls has paid off, and the evidence of this is huge this year. This may… Continue Reading B.O.

2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Urquhart

Conservancy Board member Tom Urquhart recently returned from military duty in the Mideast. For the six months he was away, the Conservancy’s Board of Directors agreed it was appropriate to hold Tom’s seat open for him. Small organizations like the Cons… Continue Reading Urquhart

Green Office

Green Office

It’s green! View our Hines Green Office award (PDF) While the Conservancy does its “green” work out in the field every day, sometimes, we have to think about how we handle things here at the office. It’s a pleasure that the Conservancy just received th… Continue Reading Green Office

An amazing striation of soils

Harder than a rock

I can’t get over the photo (see here) of the subsoil on the Conservancy’s Betts tract. I’d heard for 20 or more years about the “hardpan” that existed under much of the Natomas Basin’s top soil. Until you see it, it’s difficult to imagine. Once you do… Continue Reading Harder than a rock

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