They’re back!

We are so pleased to see one of the NBHCP’s “Covered Species,” the Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia), back on Conservancy property! Going back 15 years, the owl used to be seen frequently on Conservancy mitigation lands. At the time, we documented too… Continue Reading They’re back!

Complex Versus Simple

The Conservancy has worked hard and spent money trying to improve prey production for the Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsonii). The hawk is one of two “primary” species covered under the HCPs. It has our attention due to diminished nest success. We don’t… Continue Reading Complex Versus Simple

Nail Trim Needed?

Conservancy field personnel captured this close-up of an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying overhead from a nearby perch. The photo was taken on Conservancy mitigation land associated with a managed marsh complex. In prior years, some called this specie… Continue Reading Nail Trim Needed?

It Really, Really Works!

The Conservancy causes the planting of various kinds of crops that promote Swainson’s hawk foraging. One of those crops is alfalfa. In this series of photos, you can see a Conservancy alfalfa field in the process of being harvested. Soon, a Swainson’s… Continue Reading It Really, Really Works!

Sky King

The Conservancy is making still further attempts to provide additional prey for the Swainson’s hawk, a “primary” species in the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan. In this photo, the Conservancy is conducting aerial seeding of a Conservancy rice f… Continue Reading Sky King

Habitat Re-fresh

With the help of a substantial monetary contribution to the Conservancy, we’ve embarked on a wonderful experiment. The contribution received was designated for use in habitat enhancements for the Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas). The Conservancy p… Continue Reading Habitat Re-fresh