close-up of a snake with thick brown striped marking down its body slithering across dirt and gravel

Handsome guys

(June 13, 2016) Another sign that the Conservancy’s mitigation land is maturing biologically into a…

a water control structure at the edge of a marsh dammed up with branches and dirt

Busy as a beaver

(May 17, 2016)  People wonder why we get so frustrated with beaver on the Conservancy’s…

a woman on the Conservancy's biological monitoring team holding a young Giant garter snake in her left hand towards the camera

It’s cryin’ time

(May 16, 2016)  Just remembering that when they were little, my kids would cry when…

a Cinnamon teal bird stands in the grass and looks out over the water at the Conservancy

Cinnamon in the morning

(May 10, 2016) This example of a Cinnamon teal (Anas cyanoptera) is a perfect specimen…

close-up of an insect with brown spots on its white wings sitting on the yellow-green buds of a plant

They’re back!

(May 3, 2016)  Since the Conservancy’s preserves are meant as sanctuaries and refuges for plant…

close-up of a bee on the purple petals of flowers

De colores

(April 8, 2016)  I am still a bit stung (pun intended!) by a statement I…

beaver swimming in marsh water holding a branch in its teeth

Rata de agua

These little guys–muskrats—are both a headache and are essential to productive Giant garter snake habitat….

two male U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scientists on Conservancy preserves gathering instrument readings

Collaboration elaboration

(April 1, 2016)  The Natomas Basin HCP requires that the Conservancy collaborate with other scientific…

close-up of a mink poking its head and upper part of body up from a pile of rocks

Minky way

There are some times when Conservancy field personnel get photos of various creatures on the…

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