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Jean Jackman

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At the Pond: Enjoy social distancing and embrace spring

365体育投注Social distancing with a good time? Get outside and take in our beautiful spring. Renew your sense of wonder while getting exercise and ecotherapy. Blooming bushes, bees a-buzzing, breeding and boisterously behaving birds and critter surprises are part of the nature scene. Rarely seen birds are showing up like the beautiful orange varied thrush with […]

At the Pond: A birdy old time

Guess how many species were spotted on a foggy, February First Saturday Bird Stroll at the North Davis Ponds. And how many at a sunny, Saturday, Feb. 15, for the Backyard Bird Count? I think most people who walk past the ponds guess something like eight to 15 species. The correct answer is 55 for […]

At the pond: It’s backyard bird time

365体育投注Right now is the best time for viewing birds in your own backyard or your local greenbelt.  The leaves are off the trees and you can see them. If you have bird feeders, there are feeding frenzies going on at different times of the day — mid morning is one and before dusk is another. […]

At the Pond: Yolo Bypass best with good binoculars or long lens

In just one hour, you can make yourself happy inside. Get away from the computer, the to-do lists, the mall and take a one-hour drive around the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. Your eyes will relax as they focus out over the big sky scenes, distant mountain ranges, ponds reflecting the various greens and beiges of […]

At the Pond: New habitat with walking trail is happening

Take a look at what the North Davis Ponds looked like in the ’80s. When you see this piece of urban habitat today, it is hard to believe what a desolate space it once was before it was landscaped as part of the Tandem development. It has been enhanced in numerous ways since then. Now […]

November 20, 2019 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Volunteers for the greater good

365体育投注I become a Pollyanna back in Davis after an extended vacation. My day starts at 7 a.m. with a volunteer-led group walk or a fitness class — all so accessible in our compact town. I can easily access a smorgasbord of educational, recreational and volunteer activities. Thorny issues are being dealt with by an engaged […]

At the Pond: Here today, gone tomorrow

Are you taking time to enjoy the ever-changing seasons of nature? Did you enjoy the vast fields of sunflowers growing in all direction around Davis when they peaked in July? Now they are brown. The male plant rows have been removed. The remaining females are no longer receiving water to allow them to dry out […]

At the Pond: Here’s something definitely worth celebrating

365体育投注It’s celebration time for the beginning of our new open-space habitat and you are all invited for the groundbreaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, with coffee and treats. The North Davis Upland Habitat Area will feature native plantings and trails. The city says that over the summer, it will be realigning the fence […]

At the Pond: Nestbox network yields successes

Melanie Truan was a graduate student over 20 years ago when she started a nestbox trail on a whim. She had no idea it would take the legs it has now when she began. A total of 13,276 birds have been banded in the boxes along the 18.6-mile Putah Creek Nestbox Highway. Before that time, […]

At the Pond: Spring migration surprises continue

365体育投注Spring migration brings much good news. The new nestbox trail on the Covell Greenbelt is working. The cobalt blue-colored male Western bluebirds perched in the sun on a bike rack near the Covell bike bridge made my day. They have orange breasts and sides and were wearing their brightest breeding plumage. Two of the nestboxes […]

At the Pond: Have you seen the painted ladies?

It is hard to miss the fast-moving butterflies recently migrating through Davis. I’ve been stalking them with a camera and they don’t stay in one place for long. They are painted ladies (Vanessa cardui). To my eye, they have some of the same features as the widely popular monarch butterfly, but they are smaller and […]

April 17, 2019 | Posted in Community News | Tagged ,

At the Pond: There is new songbird habitat in North Davis

365体育投注Good news! We now have a songbird nestbox trail. Fifteen nestboxes hang from trees along the North Davis Greenbelt going from the Veterans Memorial Building to between the two North Ponds and then slightly wrapping around the Northstar Pond. These are nestboxes hung with a tried-and-true design efficient for weekly monitoring during the breeding season. […]

At the Pond: Nesting begins

The birds were thrilled to come out in large numbers on last Saturday’s sunny morning for the Great Backyard Bird Count. We hadn’t yet cleared the parking lot and already had recorded 12 species at the North Davis Ponds. The final count was 43 species in two hours. Exciting sightings included 108 cedar waxwings (spectacular […]

At the Pond: Speaking out for what’s at risk

Are you satisfied with the way the world is going? If not, what can you do about it? This is a participatory democracy only if you participate. We are all responsible for the state of our ponds, creeks, city, county, state and world. This week, I urge you to take action. Then reward yourself for taking […]

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