Jean Jackman

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 ,

At the Pond: Davis after South America

* Editor’s note: This column was written before news of the arson and destruction at the Julie Partansky Pond overlook.  Jean Jackman sends condolences to all friends of the North Davis Ponds. I’ve been far away on our big Pacific pond — off on a South American adventure. Imagine standing next to two almost-3-foot-tall birds […]

April 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged

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 […]

January 26, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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, […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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. […]

November 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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