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Jean Jackman

At the Pond: Evaluating Davis’ open-space tax

Davis citizens love open space so much that 15 years ago we voted to tax ourselves to fund it. Seventy percent of voters said yes. The open-space protection special tax was on the ballot in November 2000 as Measure O. We all pay $24 per year over 30 years. Businesses are charged more, and there are fee […]

At the Pond: Enjoy a staycation at Wildlife Area

I took a 75-minute stacation last week — door to door. I drove out to the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. (http://yolobasin.org/directions). There is not much water out there now and it’s kind of the end of spring migration, but it was delightful. There were fewer birds but those foraging seemed very un-skittish. I drove the auto loop and […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the pond: Here today, gone tomorrow

It’s that ephemeral time of year. Pay close attention to catch the color in spectacular blossoming plants, mating and migrating birds. Here today, gone tomorrow. I enjoyed a redbud walk last week with Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum, along the waterway that is a remnant of the river/creek that used to […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Nest boxes give birds new homes

Friends of North Davis Ponds will celebrate a year of accomplishments at its second annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in the conference room at Tandem Properties, 3500 Anderson Road. It’s amazing what a dedicated group of volunteers can achieve in one year and there are many more plans. All who enjoy the […]

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the pond: Landing close to home

Take a tranquil break — a short drive to a beautiful place with thousands of birds, blue ponds reflecting the sky and birds, lush marshes, golden fields, raptors, songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and more. You have been meaning to do it. Now sculpt out a mere hour-and-a-half and go. This is one of the best months for […]

October 26, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Thanks, activists

Happy autumn. Last Monday was the fall equinox. The sun crossed the equator and our days are now getting shorter than our nights. Changes — always a part of our lives. Thank you to all who helped with the annual California Coastal Cleanup last weekend at many locations: 28 people cleaned the North Ponds led by […]

September 28, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the pond: Migration time is here

It’s happening again. The great migration is in full swing. Now begins the peak time of the year to see huge numbers of birds — in your own back yard if you have provided some feeders, water or habitat landscaping — or out at our wetlands, creeks and ponds. Birder extraordinaire Steve Hampton reported that he generally gets maximum […]

August 24, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Summertime is for easy living

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir This is not a real birdy time at our local ponds. It is the time between spring and fall migration. Most of the youngsters have fledged. We have some breeding birds left and perhaps breeding another round. But train your […]

June 22, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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