Alf Alfa experiment

Alfa Alfa

Alfalfa is regarded as one of the best crops in the Natomas Basin for benefitting Swainson’s hawks, one of the “major” “Covered Species” under the NBHCP. On the Conservancy’s Souza tract, we improved land on which to grow alfalfa, one of the very few–… Continue Reading Alfa Alfa

Show and tell

Last Thursday, we had a great opportunity to show the Conservancy’s oldest preserve unit to a group of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service senior managers. The delegation from USFWS was led by Ren Lohoefener, Regional Director of the USFWS’s Pacific Southwe… Continue Reading Show and tell

Green Grow Monster

The green grow monster

With assistance from the Conservancy’s vegetation management contractor, we have finally identified a weed that has managed to grow to extraordinary proportions on the Conservancy’s Bennett North preserve. It is pictured here as it has grown in the Ben… Continue Reading The green grow monster

The diversity of color on one of the Conservancy's preserves

John’s favorite picture of the year

It’s not the best of photography, granted. But this image captures the diversity of color on one of the Conservancy’s preserves, even in the summer. The photo has not been touched up. It is of the northwest corner of the Betts tract, looking northwest.… Continue Reading John’s favorite picture of the year

Mosquitofish men

David Brown and Demetri Dokos of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District have been invaluable resources for the Conservancy. Early on, we engaged Brown in the design and construction of the Conservancy’s marsh complexes. The idea was t… Continue Reading Mosquitofish men

White-faced Ibis chicks.

Gorgeous chicks

It is impossible not to be amazed when one sees such things. But recently, I was on a required preserve inspection, this time by water (paddling in my kayak). Visibility was limited because tule rose from the marsh complex 10-feet high above water line… Continue Reading Gorgeous chicks

Large mouth bass

Large mouth losses

Biological monitoring experts working for the Conservancy recently raised a concern about extremely predatory fish species potentially causing harm to juvenile giant garter snake populations. One of the worst is the large mouth bass. We found several o… Continue Reading Large mouth losses

Ten-year anniversary passes

It seems hard to believe. It was in the spring of 1999 that the Conservancy was first staffed. Now, 10 years later, we have about 4,200 acres of land held for purposes of protecting 22 species “covered” under the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan… Continue Reading Ten-year anniversary passes

Monitoring for 2008; the stuff that counts

There are some excerpts from the 2008 biological effectiveness monitoring report that should be shared. First, about giant garter snakes (GGS): As was the case in 2006 and 2007, several cases of movement between tracts and relatively long-distance move… Continue Reading Monitoring for 2008; the stuff that counts

An amazing striation of soils

Only for geeks

In the BKS South Channel maintenance project, we have a quick and extremely infrequent opportunity to see the subsoils on the preserve. We’re cleaning out the channel to insure that the marsh complex keeps its full functionality for use by the NBHCP’s… Continue Reading Only for geeks

Public meeting at at the Natomas Community Center

He knows how to run a meeting…

Councilmember Ray Tretheway of the City of Sacramento’s District #1 held a public meeting recently at the Natomas Community Center. N Magazine’s Karen Wilson was there as a co-sponsor, and the room was standing room only, with everyone there wanting in… Continue Reading He knows how to run a meeting…

Took out four 90-degree turns

Add it up. There were four 90-degree turns on a water delivery pipe onto a Conservancy preserve. Four 90-degree turns. Sounds like a full circle, huh? Rube Goldberg calling? Actually, there were ups, downs and laterals. Four of them. It is one of those… Continue Reading Took out four 90-degree turns

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