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(March 28, 2018) Giant garters snake experts talk about the snake being “cryptic.” I looked up the word cryptic in the dictionary and the definition I found was: “mysterious and obscure.” I have also heard the experts talk about the snake being “shy.”… Continue Reading Cryptic?
(March 23, 2018) The attached photo was taken on March 23, 2018. It is the first Giant garter snake sighting Conservancy field crews have seen this year. Of course, it helps that sunshine was prevalent and in the previous number of weeks, it has been… Continue Reading Not a groundhog!
(March 7, 2018) The HCPs require that the Conservancy plant potential nesting trees for Swainson’s hawk. The hope is that in the subsequent decade or two after planting, the trees will have enough stature to support a Swainson’s hawk nest. We’ve gotte… Continue Reading Swainson’s hawk versus eager beaver
(November 9, 2017) This very large bird (see photo at right) was spotted on Conservancy mitigation land recently. Since being photographed, we’ve shopped the photo out to a number of experts for identification. We on the staff gave it a… Continue Reading Big Bird
An interview with John Roberts, Executive Director, The Natomas Basin Conservancy. “What are the most frequently asked questions you get?” Click on the photo icon to view the top 5 FAQ’s.
(October 11, 2017) This photo was taken by Conservancy field crews on the Conservancy’s BKS tract recently. Clearly, these Long-billed curlews like to wade and forage in mud flats and shallow water, and we try to provide that environment for them. And… Continue Reading Beak performance
(September 1, 2017) The creature that is barely discernible in this photo may look like something much larger, but it is actually of that sometimes-cryptic Giant garter snake (GGS) making its way through some surface vegetation on one of the Conservan… Continue Reading Loch Ness monster?
(August 17, 2017) On Conservancy preserves, we occasionally grow sunflowers as a rotation crop on land we use for Swanson’s hawk foraging. We had no idea that honey bees would like this so much. You’ve all read how important honey bees are, and even th… Continue Reading Honey do
(July 13, 2017) First, this photo, taken today on the Conservancy’s BKS preserve, is of one of the largest great- horned owls I have ever seen. There are at least five of them on that one preserve, which leads one to conclude there must be a rich and… Continue Reading Munsters
(June 29, 2017) Often asked if I have favorites on the Conservancy’s preserves, I usually state that all is beautiful and that all the flora and fauna are important. But honestly, every year at button willow blossoming time, my will power vanishes and… Continue Reading Button, button, who’s got the button?