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Close-up of an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying overhead from a nearby perch.

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 species the “fish hawk.” Clearly, the claws would be useful in catching fish.… Continue Reading Nail trim needed?

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“In essence, the Conservancy provides refuge and sanctuary for wildlife displaced by urban activity in the Natomas Basin. Annual biological monitoring by independent third parties demonstrates wildlife is thriving on Conservancy-owned mitigation land.”
– John Roberts, Executive Director

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Photo of a Conservancy alfalfa field in the process of being harvested.

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!

Great-horned owl chick sitting on the ground and looking up at the camera

Jedi Mind Meld

If you were to gaze into the eyes of the Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) very long, you might be a victim of the old Jedi Mind Meld. This Great horned owl chick, born Spring 2020 on the Conservancy’s flagship BKS Preserve, could place a gaze on you… Continue Reading Jedi Mind Meld

side profile view of raptor flying across a field with its wings spread and clutching its prey in its talons

Lunch Time

The great paradox of restoration ecology, and the work that the Conservancy does, is that the refuges and sanctuaries we design, build and manage are created for the benefit of wildlife. The theory is that as wildlife is displaced by urbanization, they… Continue Reading Lunch Time