Confounded yet again by beavers plying the water of the Kismat tract. They actually hauled off the 2 x 4 lumber used to back up water in the “double flashboard risers” in what is called Water Control Structure K at the site. Moreover, they destroyed two more of the three-year old native trees planted on the adjacent Silva tract. I am getting another lesson in humility. I recall having chuckled at seeing a requirement in the Habitat Conservation Plan that the Conservancy control beaver populations on managed marsh complexes. At the time (six years ago), I had no idea the damage they could do. Now I understand.
We are so pleased to see one of the NBHCP’s “Covered Species,” the Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia), back on Conservancy property! Going back 15 years, the owl used to be seen frequently on Conservancy mitigation lands. At the time, we documented too-common depredation of them by dogs from nearby residential… Continue Reading They’re back!