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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Author Archive: Jean Jackman

At the Pond: New year, new group, same love of nature

It’s happening. We are forming the Friends of North Davis Ponds, which includes the Julie Partansky Pond and the smaller park pond. The group is open to anyone who enjoys the ponds. The first meeting will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. We will meet at the smaller pond by the parking lot next […]

At the Pond: Watched a sunset lately?

Take a break from the hectic holidays and savor some nature for a cleansing pause. This week, I took just an hour to drive, stop, look, listen and photograph at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. Ponds now have water, and waterfowl are abundant. I went at 4 p.m. and drove the car tour clockwise. At first, […]

At the Pond: Winter birds are here

What’s in your back yard or apartment window feeder box? My yard is finally getting a bit birdy again with the return of winter birds — white-crowned sparrows, finches, northern flicker, dark-eyed junco and black phoebe. Some splash vigorously in the birdbath. Others are at the feeders or foraging under leaves and in the garden. […]

At the Pond: Fall is the right time to think about nature

By Jean Jackman Albert Camus, the French author, said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Well, he probably didn’t foolishly plant two valley oaks and a fruitless mulberry tree in a small yard. Leaves galore. Plus this season, it is a “good mast year” for acorns — meaning a bumper […]

At the Pond: Migrating with the birds

I reluctantly climb out of my down sleeping bag and get up in the cold, damp, dark, foggy morning, headlamp on, and scurry around the campground. There are 15 of us looking like miners as we fix breakfast, prepare lunches and snacks, take down tents, stuff sleeping bags, check maps and start heading out for […]

At the pond: It’s migration time again!

Fall migration is happening. Now is your chance to see the shorebirds since they have left their arctic breeding grounds and are beginning to pass through. At least 30 species come through Davis. Where might you see them? At the Julie Partansky Wildlife Pond, the West Pond, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, the city of […]

At the Pond: Warren Roberts, an Arboretum superstar

Did you take in a Walk with Warren this year? That’s Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum. Well, if you didn’t, you are out of luck until September or October. But there are other activities at the Arboretum all summer. Warren, superintendent for 37-plus years, has been leading a monthly walk in […]

At the Pond: Short getaways between showers

Let’s hope that right now you are singing, “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…” Our average annual rainfall is about 20 inches. To date, we’ve had less than 3 inches. Normally, we would have close to 9 inches so be thankful for any drops coming our way. And, though we like the […]

Adventures for the new year

Here is a well-kept secret. Well, a secret for Davis people, although people throughout the region seem to know about it. As many as 150 people show up for special weekend events, but most journey from outside of Davis. The secret? We have an exciting museum on the UC Davis campus with amazing resources. Staff […]

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