I can’t get over the photo (see here) of the subsoil on the Conservancy’s Betts tract. I’d heard for 20 or more years about the “hardpan” that existed under much of the Natomas Basin’s top soil. Until you see it, it’s difficult to imagine. Once you do see it, like in this photo, you can really see what is meant by hardpan. This impacts the ability to grow crops (deep rooted crops, no; but for rice it is perfect). It also determines the ability to sustain a good managed marsh for the Conservancy’s giant garter snake and Western pond turtle. Like they say in the farming community: it holds water like a bath tub!
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?