Water use abuse (of the statistical variety)

In a previous posting, I shared a water use graphic that helped explain where water flows in California. There is so much information in the popular media about the uses of California’s water resources that is inaccurate; I went looking for clarity fro… Continue Reading Water use abuse (of the statistical variety)

Rice experiment

The Conservancy is required to cooperate with scientists in exploring new and better ways to sustain the NBHCP operating Conservation Plan. Here, we can see an experiment being conducted by the rice science community to promote the sustainability of ri… Continue Reading Rice experiment

It smells like onions

The photo here shows onions that have matured on Conservancy property. Normally onions don’t provide the best of habitat for the NBHCP’s Covered Species. However, this onion crop is planted on a field normally used to grow alfalfa. Alfalfa is the premi… Continue Reading It smells like onions

Drought portends

The State of California’s State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) recently released the attached graphic. It is pretty ominous. Look at the out months (August, September) and what we’re likely to see in terms of water flows this summ… Continue Reading Drought portends

Conservancy's wells

Well Works

Conservancy’s wells This extended drought creates so much anxiety. Will we get enough surface water to flood up the managed marsh complexes? If we don’t, can we use the Conservancy’s groundwater wells to generate enough water to do the job? Will the ne… Continue Reading Well Works

CA Department Water Plan

In times of drought…

In times of drought, it is important to keep in mind where the region’s water is going. I recently saw this pie chart from the California Water Plan (CA Department of Water Resources, 2015) and wondered how many people know about these allocations and… Continue Reading In times of drought…

If there is one, this is it.

Regulars know that one the most challenging problems the Conservancy deals with each day is controlling non-native, invasive weeds. This activity sucks up a huge portion of the Conservancy’s budget each year. We’re always looking for creative and scien… Continue Reading If there is one, this is it.

Quien es mas macho?

Hawk vs. Crawdad This famous Billy Crystal line from Saturday Night Live could be used for this standoff. It was a dance and then a stand-off and then a fight and you can probably guess who won. There is this feeling that with the on-going drought, the… Continue Reading Quien es mas macho?

Another beauty-aquatic snake department

This female Giant Garter Snake is about to give birth, judging by the looks of her mid-section. It’s pretty rare to find Giant Garter Snakes this exposed, and even more rare to find one that has coloration this beautiful. She was found on the Conservan… Continue Reading Another beauty-aquatic snake department

For no other reason

Red Tail Hawk at the Conservancy’s BKS tract.When I saw this beauty, one of many, I knew it had to hit my blog. It is simply a gorgeous specimen.

Female Coyote at the BKS Tract.

They’re baaaack!

After being gone for nearly 10 years, we now have a female coyote and her pups at the Conservancy’s flagship preserve, the BKS tract. What is amazing is that this is a very large animal, one of the largest specimens I’ve seen in the Natomas Basin. My g… Continue Reading They’re baaaack!

Female Dark Morph Swainson's Hawk

Out on bale

Conservancy field personnel are seeing a lot of Swainson’s Hawk activity already this year. On a Conservancy alfalfa field in the North Basin Reserve Area, we’ve photo’d a number of “dark morphs” (see photo of a single Swainson’s Hawk with this… Continue Reading Out on bale

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