The blue eggs of a white-faced ibis.

Blue eggs but no ham

The blue eggs shown in the photo here are those of a white-faced ibis (Plegadis chihi), one of the Conservancy’s “Covered Species” as defined by the NBHCP. The eggs rest about eight inches above the water on one of the Conservancy’s marsh complexes. Th… Continue Reading Blue eggs but no ham

A Budgerigar.

Budgie

Sometimes the strangest things happen on Conservancy preserves. Recently, I saw this brightly colored bird (see photo). I was pretty sure it was someone’s loose parakeet. The bright colors really stood out. Conservancy Board member Mike Bradbury offici… Continue Reading Budgie

Barn Owl

Looking for Hogwarts

In an abandoned barn on one of the Conservancy’s preserves, I am usually scared out of my wits when this barn owl flies passed me and heads for a gap in the door. Over the weekend, I went into the barn to inspect for any storm damage and the barn owl j… Continue Reading Looking for Hogwarts

Non-native predators

Pete Balfour of Ecorp tells me he has been studying Florida water snakes (a non-native speces) in the Folsom area. See this creature at: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-guide/Nerodiafpictiventris.htm Pete also has a Northern water snake, found… Continue Reading Non-native predators

A pheasant on the Conservancy's Silva tract preserve.

You’re such a handsome man…

This photo (see adjacent) captures a pheasant on the Conservancy’s Silva tract preserve. The photo is not doctored or enhanced in any way. And the reason for including this on the blog? Check out the bright colors. I have never seen such bright colorat… Continue Reading You’re such a handsome man…

Bully of the Basin

I’ve noted on previous occasions that Great Horned Owls seem to like the Conservancy’s preserves. Mostly because they are rich in wildlife activity, and thus provide prey for this top-of-the-food chain (or nearly so) creature. These are truly majestic… Continue Reading Bully of the Basin

The first kid and its mother goat at the Conservancy's Silva preserve this year.

Ebony and Ivory

The adjacent photo is of the first kid and its mother goat at the Conservancy’s Silva preserve this year. The Conservancy maintains a small herd of goats to do the “soft path” vegetation management around giant garter snake-sensitive areas. Goats are l… Continue Reading Ebony and Ivory

Beaver damage.

Them pesky beavers

Slowly but surely, beavers are taking down David Island on the Conservancy’s Silva tract. See the photo for recent evidence. There just aren’t any predators to keep their numbers in check. These trees are intended to be nesting trees for the Swainson’s… Continue Reading Them pesky beavers

Conservancy goats

It’s all connected

The Conservancy has lost several goats this winter to disease. The expert we use on the subject says the cause was likely attributable to something called coccidiosis. Coccidia parasites get into the goats when they are ingested by grazing. During this… Continue Reading It’s all connected

An opossum, not a badger.

An opossum is not a badger

We are on the lookout for a badger on the preserves. We’ve had three reports from trusted individuals that one exists. State wildlife officials are doubtful. So we set up a few motion-detect cameras to try to see if it was true. I was excited when I fi… Continue Reading An opossum is not a badger

A few days worth of work by some very industrious beavers at the Conservancy's Silva tract near Water Control Structure R

Busier than a beaver

Now I know where the saying came from. The photo attached to this entry is a few days worth of work by some very industrious beavers at the Conservancy’s Silva tract near Water Control Structure “R.” When I first came to work for the Conservancy, I had… Continue Reading Busier than a beaver

Just let it be over

One of the Conservancy’s rice farmers said recently about this year’s rice crop: “Just let it be over.” For sure, rice farmers up and down the Sacramento Valley have said that the 2010 rice crop is the most challenging they’ve ever experienced. The cha… Continue Reading Just let it be over

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