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Jean Jackman

At the Pond: Dancing cranes and dangerous trains

I have been going to see sandhill cranes over many years — but I’ll never be able to view them in quite the same way again. The monthly Flyway Nights speaker series held out at the Yolo Basin Headquarters this month was “How Do Cranes Learn to Dance?,” presented by George Happ and Christy Yuncker […]

At the Pond: Fall Chinook salmon run happening now

An amazing event is happening right now in our very own watershed: Fall-run Chinook salmon are traveling more than 250 miles from the ocean to return to where they were born. Putah Creek and Cache Creek empty via the Yolo Bypass into the Sacramento River. Last year, an estimated 200 Chinook salmon traveled up Lower Putah […]

November 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Got milkweed? The monarchs could use it

September and October are the birdiest months of the year. The great migration is happening; there are shorebirds in the ponds and mudflats, and warblers galore along Putah Creek. Large flocks of Swainson’s hawks are gathering. Listen for new songs and watch for new birds wandering through Davis during the migration from the north. Leigh […]

At the Pond: Fall migration is happening already

Want to see shorebirds? Gazillions are passing through now as fall migration has begun. Go to any areas with water for wading and you will see them — the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, the Woodland water treatment plant, the city of Davis wetlands, Lake Solano … Steve Hampton, a super birder, reported in mid-month seeing thousands […]

July 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,
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