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Jean Jackman

At the Pond: A quick refresher from Mother Nature

It was a day of getting through the to-do-list, monotonous garbage details. I felt crabby and little energy so I took a late-afternoon break and headed out to the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area to drive the 3-mile auto tour. First, dust and dryness and few birds. I get to the first flooded area. White-faced ibis, […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Plenty of surprises at the big pond (the Atlantic Ocean)

I’ve been at the big pond — the Atlantic Ocean. The Davis Bike Club has many tours led by volunteer leaders. I happily participated in a 10-day bike and ferry tour of Cape Cod and the Islands. I left the trip a day early to ferry to a reunion at a beach house in Marshfield, Mass., […]

September 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Plenty of pleasures in our bioregion

Courting, nest building, egg hatching, goslings at the ponds — it’s all happening now. I watched harriers mating on top of a telephone pole on Covell Boulevard. On the north greenbelt, a Swainson’s hawk wrestled with an upper branch of a redwood tree, broke it off and flew it over to a taller pine to build […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Blooming beautiful birding

Get outside! Go see! Almond trees are peaking already with petals falling. Deep-magenta redbud is in bloom along the UC Davis Arboretum walkways. Birds at the Yolo Basin are bountiful. Hummingbirds are nesting. Courtship is happening. Spring in February! Our ponds have some real treasures to see right now that will make you grateful for […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: It all started with kayaking on Putah Creek

The recent Putah Creek articles in this newspaper have been fascinating. And they made me remember a Putah Creek story — my virgin kayak trip. It was a new beginning, a springboard for countless kayaking adventures. Kayaks afford you the chance to get up close to birds and mammals and that proved irresistible. However, Putah Creek […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Stop, look and listen

Are you planning your Thanksgiving walk? Who knows what you will see along the greenbelts, at the ponds, at the UC Davis Arboretum waterway, at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area, on the banks of Putah Creek or along our city streets. What you see in November changes a lot over the years. In 2007, I excitedly […]

November 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: From Davis, it’s easy to get back to nature

We’re lucky, all of us. We can travel three minutes or three hours and reach incredible places for mini, inexpensive, restorative vacations. I’ll wager that four generations of one Davis family will cherish memories of their bike ride along Putah Creek to Winters. Longtime Davis Bike Club member Gerald Peterson, 80, led a ride to […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the pond: Stop, look and listen

How many delights are we missing in our own neighborhoods? Many times a week, I walk between the Northstar Pond and the Julie Partansky Pond. And yet, I failed to observe two active nests until expert birders on our monthly Friends of North Pond First Saturday Bird stroll pointed them out to us. On the […]

May 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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