The Sutter Buttes are the remains of a dormant volcano. Native American tribes visited but did not live there. It was a center of Native American religion. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Hikers enjoy the Sutter Buttes, a cluster of small mountain peaks about an hour north of Davis. They rise abruptly from the valley floor and are privately owned by 12 families. Visit Middlemountain.org for a list of guided hike opportunities. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
The ringtail cat is part of a study being conducted by biologist Dave Wyatt, a professor at Sacramento City College. This drugged ringtail was viewed during a hike of the Sutter Buttes led by Gene Trapp of Davis. Visit Middlemountain.org for a list of hikes, from gentle to strenuous, of the buttes about an hour north of Davis. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Juvenile and sub-adult elephant seals have hauled out to rest at the Piedras Blancas elephant seal colony along the California coast. They have been out to sea, solitary for about 10 months. Young males play-fight with each other. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo

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