Executive Director's Blog

Photo of the Conservancy conducting aerial seeding of a Conservancy rice field.

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

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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


This photo captures the essence of Conservancy restoration and enhancement work. But the point here is the beauty of the scene, which is on the Conservancy’s flagship managed marsh complex, most often referred to as the “BKS tract.” Notice at the top t… Continue Reading Bucolic

Trust but verify

There is so much going on with respect to water use these days. There are the increasingly-frequent droughts, and the relatively-new legislation pertaining to groundwater usage, and then there is the State-overseen groundwater exchange program that hel… Continue Reading Trust but verify

Spiked proteins

Several years ago, we posted about buttonwillow (Cephalanthus occidentalis varcalifornicus), and our love for them. Buttonwillow is still present on the Conservancy’s flagship preserve, and doing well. Since it is common in wetland habitats, it makes s… Continue Reading Spiked proteins


We’ve been wracking our brains wondering why the famous large-bird of the region rarely frequented Conservancy preserves. We chalked it up to relative youth.

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

Red shoulder hawk with prey.

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

It happens.

Here we have a Red-tail hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) taking an American coot (Fulica americana) off the Conservancy’s flagship reserve, the BKS Tract. There are times when one hates to see this, and then there is the realization that if it’s not happening,… Continue Reading It happens.

High wire act

On the Conservancy’s flagship preserve, a couple of daredevil raccoons have scaled and occupied a lookout post that looks a little dangerous to us. Are they sentries for others? Afraid of an “alpha” in their tribe? Banished from their tribe? Or just pl… Continue Reading High wire act