A close-up shot of a Swainson's hawk in flight with its wings spread and about to land or swoop down on prey.

Swainson’s Hawk season

Drive just about anywhere in the Natomas Basin during the spring season and you are…

We learn from the first

There is a very interesting article on the nation’s first habitat conservation plan, the San…

rear angle from far away of a Swainson's hawk flying over the Natomas Basin Conservancy

Hawk Shop

They are everywhere. If you like raptors, this is the time of year in the…

wide angle of three different hawks sitting atop fence posts along a dried field at TNBC Preserve

Three little hawks, sitting on a fence…

A pretty rare sighting, shown in this photo. Three hawks sitting on three fence posts…

wide angle of the new fish screened water diversion plant on the Sacramento River near Verona

Fishy screens

The Natomas Central Mutual Water Company recently held a “ribbon cutting” ceremony at its new…

map of the Conservancy Preserve showing areas colored blue, red, and black that need to be re-seeded for native vegetation

The natives are…expensive

According to the NBHCP, the Conservancy is only permitted to plant native vegetation on Conservancy…

close-up of the green and purple vinegar weed (Trichostema lanceolatum)

A colorful native

It is, for sure, a bright spot on the Conservancy’s preserves (see photo). This time…

old stree stump in the middle of a dry field, with a hawk perched at the top and gazing outward

Leaving the stump up

As a habitat land manager, you have to think of a million different things. The…

close-up of orange-red native California rose buds

A rose, by any other name…

One of the Conservancy’s favorites, the native California rose, is very much in bloom at…

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