We learn from the first

There is a very interesting article on the nation’s first habitat conservation plan, the San Bruno Mountain Habitat Conservation Plan just south of San Francisco. Since the San Bruno Plan is widely looked to for guidance, it is fascinating to read abou… Continue Reading We learn from the first

Hawk in flight.

Hawk Shop

They are everywhere. If you like raptors, this is the time of year in the Natomas Basin when there is much to see. The hawks are about in such numbers that it’s difficult not to be amazed. Most are red tail hawks. Swainson’s hawks just aren’t returned… Continue Reading Hawk Shop

Three little hawks, sitting on a fence…

A pretty rare sighting, shown in this photo. Three hawks sitting on three fence posts in a row. It’s pretty rare for these to perch like this, and what is unusual is that there were a total of six of these hawks hanging around this area. It’s on the Be… Continue Reading Three little hawks, sitting on a fence…

The new fish screened water diversion plant on the Sacramento River near Verona.

Fishy screens

The Natomas Central Mutual Water Company recently held a “ribbon cutting” ceremony at its new fish screened water diversion plant on the Sacramento River near Verona. The aerial photo with this post shows the facility set up for the reception. Of cours… Continue Reading Fishy screens

The natives are…expensive

According to the NBHCP, the Conservancy is only permitted to plant native vegetation on Conservancy preserves. Exotic, non-native plant species are not acceptable. Sometimes it’s frustrating to be so constrained, but we clearly understand why the NBHCP… Continue Reading The natives are…expensive

The vinegar weed (Trichostema lanceolatum)

A colorful native

It is, for sure, a bright spot on the Conservancy’s preserves (see photo). This time of year, the vinegar weed (Trichostema lanceolatum) perks up and puts on a show. The plant is one of the few that grows well in the heavy, clay pan soils that are ofte… Continue Reading A colorful native

Leaving the stump up

As a habitat land manager, you have to think of a million different things. The other day I drove past the tree remains that are shown on the adjacent photo. I stopped and looked it over, wondering if it could fall when a field worker leaned against it… Continue Reading Leaving the stump up

The native California rose.

A rose, by any other name…

One of the Conservancy’s favorites, the native California rose, is very much in bloom at present on Conservancy preserves. I’ve never seen them so brilliant as this year, and it is still early for them. But look at this photo and see the size of the bu… Continue Reading A rose, by any other name…

A giant garter snake that bit off way more than it could chew.

That’s a mouthful…

The adjacent photo is of a giant garter snake that bit off way more than it could chew, so to speak. Several of us were out on site planning next year’s channel clearing work when we saw this GGS on the banks of the Silva tract’s Pond Q. It was a beat-… Continue Reading That’s a mouthful…

Working on the BKS tract North Course Channel Clearing Project.

It’s still uneventful. And we like it that way.

Each time we do a managed marsh channel clearing project, the entire team gets a little better at it. This year, working on the BKS tract North Course Channel Clearing Project, Phase 2, we are working at breakneck speed and with no adverse surprises. T… Continue Reading It’s still uneventful. And we like it that way.

The attached report shows the number of species of birdlife identified by a group of Sacramento Audubon Society visitors to the Conservancy's Silva tract on the BKS preserve.

Audubon does it again

It is always amazing the power of dedicated and committed volunteers. The attached report shows the number of species of birdlife identified by a group of Sacramento Audubon Society visitors to the Conservancy’s Silva tract on the BKS preserve. All thi… Continue Reading Audubon does it again

Geese at the Silva tract.

Art photos made by machine…

With a remote camera, set to shoot when it detects motion, these geese were captured one recent morning. What a photo! And to think that the photo was taken with a cheap, battery-powered camera, tied to a tree. The real reason the camera is set up at t… Continue Reading Art photos made by machine…

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