Sand Dunes at Abbotts Lagoon — Jet Eliot

Abbotts Lagoon, Point Reyes, CA A recent Valentine’s Day visit to Abbotts Lagoon took us past the lagoon, adventuring along the sand dunes. Abbotts Lagoon is an area within Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern California. More info: Abbotts Lagoon Wikipedia. Point Reyes is a unique place on earth because it is at the junction of […]

Sand Dunes at Abbotts Lagoon — Jet Eliot

Sacramento Natl. Wildlife Refuge 2022 — Jet Eliot

Our day last week at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge was another bonanza of wildlife, a particularly exciting adventure in the middle of winter. Sacramento NWR; Mt Shasta, Calif. The enormous number of birds is what keeps things so interesting. It is a 10,819-acre (43.78 sq. km.) wetland expanse; a wintering home to hundreds of […]

Sacramento Natl. Wildlife Refuge 2022 — Jet Eliot

The Snipe — Jet Eliot

Wilson’s Snipe (R) with a pair of Cinnamon Teal, Cosumnes River Preserve, CA I had the fortune of seeing a family of snipe this week. This is a bird that few people notice or know of, and some people think is imaginary. Wilson’s Snipe, California Wilson’s Snipe, Gallinago delicata, is in the shorebird family: Scolopacidae. […]

The Snipe — Jet Eliot

Pismo Beach monarch grove sees butterfly count increase  — Natural History Wanderings

San Luis Obispo Tribune reports Thousands of western monarch butterflies have returned to a Pismo Beach, California, grove to overwinter. The monarch population this year is larger than the last two years combined “We expect the numbers are going to keep going up,” a biologist said. Read story and see video at  Pismo Beach monarch grove […]

Pismo Beach monarch grove sees butterfly count increase  — Natural History Wanderings

Presentation: BAD NEWS! — Climate and Birds in California 11/18/21 — Natural History Wanderings

from Golden Gate Audubon Climate and Birds in California Thursday, November 18 via Zoom — 7 p.m. Mike Lynes North America’s bird populations have declined by approximately 3 billion birds since 1970 and two-thirds of North America’s bird species now face an even greater risk of extinction due to climate change. Mike Lynes will discuss the threats […]

Presentation: Climate and Birds in California 11/18/21 — Natural History Wanderings

California Bans Plant Poaching of Dudleya — Natural History Wanderings

from the California Native Plant Society California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the first piece of California legislation to specifically address plant poaching, making it illegal to remove dudleya from state and private lands. In recent years, law enforcement officials have documented an alarming increase in the large-scale harvest of these precious native succulents from California […]

California Bans Plant Poaching of Dudleya — Natural History Wanderings

New Anza-Borrego Foundation Land Acquisitions — Natural History Wanderings

From the Anza-Borrego Foundation Land Acquisition: Tax Defaults Monitoring county tax default sales is an important means of land acquisition within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Every year, ABF purchases tax defaulted properties from the County of San Diego as well as Riverside and Imperial counties. This year was no different with five properties, totaling 35 […]

New Anza-Borrego Foundation Land Acquisitions — Natural History Wanderings

Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

The  Hi-Desert Star reports Two home builders who destroyed 36 Joshua trees on their Prescott Avenue property were fined $18,000 in court Tuesday. Read more at  Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees | Hi-Desert Star

Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley 6/29/21 — Natural History Wanderings

Iconic Bird – Iconic Tower:     Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley Tuesday, June 29, 2021     1:00-2:00 PM PT Presented Online via Zoom Click Here to Register Host organization: UC Retirees’ Association at Berkeley (UCRAB) Speakers: Sean Peterson and Lynn Schofield We hope you will join UCRAB for a presentation by Sean Peterson and Lynn […]

Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley 6/29/21 — Natural History Wanderings

California Condors Return to Bird Cams — Natural History Wanderings

from CornellLab of Ornithology After a yearlong hiatus, the California Condor cam is back streaming live from a small cave on a rock cliff in Ventura County, California. On April 10, condor pair #594 (female) and #374 (male) hatched a healthy chick. In this clip, Mom and Dad reinforce their bond by preening each other before tending to their 18-day-old […]

California Condors Return to Bird Cams — Natural History Wanderings