Long lines and leftovers

(September 20, 2016) That time of year again! Rice harvest is underway. Rice prices are at historic lows, but quality appears to be very good this year. This will be a nice harvest. The side benefit to rice harvest is rice that is lost to the harvester… Continue Reading Long lines and leftovers


(September 12, 2016)  Here is a great shot that supports our contention that we now have Pacific pond turtles (formerly called Northwestern pond turtles) on all of the Conservancy’s managed marsh complexes. Photographed on one of the Conservancy’s pres… Continue Reading Floater


(September 9, 2016)  Camouflage. These guys really know how to hide themselves. Today’s photos of Giant garter snakes on Conservancy preserves raise the thought about just how stealthy this aquatic animal can be. Here, one our stars weaves its way thro… Continue Reading Camo’d

Hey you!

(August 31, 2016)  A handsome Red-shouldered hawk checks out Conservancy staff the other day. Fairly nice specimen, huh? I post this one not just to show the beauty of this creature, but rather, to simply say that this year more than ever, we are seein… Continue Reading Hey you!


(August 2, 2016)  This year, we are seeing larger numbers of Giant garter snakes (Thamnophis gigas) than we’ve seen before in the Conservancy’s 17-year history. As one of the two “primary” Covered Species in the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan… Continue Reading Snake-a-polooza

Summer colors

(July 29, 2016)  Broken record on the matter of color, I know. These two photos just came in from our field crews. I realize I talk too much about color found on Conservancy preserves, but here are two more examples of the extraordinary colors we see i… Continue Reading Summer colors

Handsome guys

(June 13, 2016) Another sign that the Conservancy’s mitigation land is maturing biologically into a diverse and productive habitat. Just look at these photos. Yes, I know.  Not everyone likes snakes. And these are not Giant garter snakes. But when you… Continue Reading Handsome guys

Busy as a beaver

(May 17, 2016)  People wonder why we get so frustrated with beaver on the Conservancy’s managed marsh complexes. This photo reveals the answer: they muck things up! This water control structure was, in a very short period (hours, not days), completed d… Continue Reading Busy as a beaver

It’s cryin’ time

(May 16, 2016)  Just remembering that when they were little, my kids would cry when treated at the doctor’s office. In this photo, we have a young Giant garter snake (GGS) being “doctored” by the Conservancy’s biological monitoring team. Wonder how it… Continue Reading It’s cryin’ time

Cinnamon in the morning

(May 10, 2016) This example of a Cinnamon teal (Anas cyanoptera) is a perfect specimen for this area. Happily watching things on the Conservancy’s preserves, field crews photographed it yesterday. You can find this bird in far distant locations around… Continue Reading Cinnamon in the morning

They’re back!

(May 3, 2016)  Since the Conservancy’s preserves are meant as sanctuaries and refuges for plant and animal species, it’s often easy to overlook insects. Yet they are instrumental in pollination and generally adding to the diversity of life on the prese… Continue Reading They’re back!

De colores

(April 8, 2016)  I am still a bit stung (pun intended!) by a statement I heard many years ago that there wasn’t much color on the Conservancy’s preserves. Okay, the preserves have matured a lot since those days, but there is LOTS of color. Color everyw… Continue Reading De colores

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