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Jean Jackman

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 ,

At the Pond: Harrier roost offers a window into nature

Sometimes, adventures that make you feel alive, awaken your senses and restore your soul are just minutes away. The trick is to try new things, shake up your usual routine and look at something anew. I subscribe to a listserv, Central Valley Birds, where birders write in to tell of birds seen, their location, debate […]

March 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the pond: A marvelous meeting

A marvelous meeting happened one rainy day this month. We had a first meeting of Friends of North Davis Ponds — the Julie Partansky Pond and the Northstar Park Pond. And people showed up with incredible gifts to share. Chris Dunford, recently retired president of Davis-based Freedom from Hunger, brought a list of 175 birds […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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