After being gone for nearly 10 years, we now have a female coyote and her pups at the Conservancy’s flagship preserve, the BKS tract. What is amazing is that this is a very large animal, one of the largest specimens I’ve seen in the Natomas Basin. My guess is that she is getting filled up with jack rabbits. Once the coyotes left 10 years ago, the jack rabbit population exploded. And we know the coyotes love their rabbit stew. We can only wonder what will happen once the rabbit population dwindles, as we expect if the coyotes remain on the property. If so, will the coyotes abandon the preserve and move on to other places? I expect the rabbit population to return once the coyotes leave, if they in fact do. It will be interesting to watch.
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!