Swallows In The House!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in LCWC Blog

Swallows In The House!

Hello, Watershed! Just wanted to follow up on the report about our preseason bird box check and maintenance we wrote about here. Last week we noticed that a pair of tree swallows were shuttling nest material into one of our newly installed passerine boxes.  We decided to set up with a camera over the weekend and this is what we found: tree swallow peeking out of passerine box If you look carefully, you can see the nesting material poking out of the cracks in the box.  We will continue to monitor the boxes and share what we find with you.  We have also scheduled a second bird box building and installation event for May 22nd.  You can see the write up from last year’s event here.  This year’s event will take place at Zimbelman Park at 9:30 AM.  Plan to come out an join us! tree swallow entering box with nesting material...

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Spring In Full Swing!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in LCWC Blog

Spring In Full Swing!

Spring is in full swing along Laguna Creek (even though it is officially still winter). The western redbuds are in bloom and the interior live oaks are also in bloom and sprouting new leaves. The fields of mustard are magnificent and other wild flowers are starting to show up.     During an hour long walk along the section of Laguna Creek between the Jacinto pedestrian bridge and Franklin Blvd.  the following birds were seen:  killdeer, great egrets, snowy egrets, Canada geese, coots, mallards, 3 red shouldered hawks, an acorn woodpecker, and of course, lots of western scrub jays and mockingbirds. At the Bufferlands (viewed from the bridge over Franklin Blvd.) a flock of 17 wild turkeys was seen. They eventually took flight one after another to cross the creek. Cliff swallows were also seen at the bridge.     Spring is a great time to visit the creek – to exercise, to observe and study nature, and to take a mental break from busy and sometimes stressful lives.  ...

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Early Season Bird Box Check

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in LCWC Blog

Early Season Bird Box Check

A few weeks ago two LCWC board members ventured out to check on the bird boxes that had been installed last May along the stretch of Laguna Creek between Waterman Rd. and Elk Grove-Florin Blvd. All attendees of the event in May 2015 had a great time assembling the boxes in Jack Hill Park and then installing them along the creek.  You can read about it here.  No birds had used the boxes which was expected since they had been installed late in the nesting season.  New wood shavings were added to the boxes as needed.  All of the boxes were in good shape with the exception of some vandalism damage to one of the Wood Duck boxes.  Future outings will be planned for bird box maintenance and installing new boxes....

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Leave the Rake in the Shed!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in LCWC Blog

Leave the Rake in the Shed!

What to do with leaf litter…… The leaves on neighboring trees have turned color and are falling to the ground. Time to get out the rake??? That’s what most of us are used to doing. But consider leaving the leaves where they fall. There are many environmental benefits to leaving leaves in the garden/lawn that are described in this article from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Like rain runoff that we used to think was a nuisance but now realize it is a great resource; leaves provide backyard habitat, increase soil nutrients (less fertilizer needed)…..these and other benefits of leaves are described in the Cornell article. Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Lisa Brown...

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Great Sierra River Clean Up a Huge Success

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in LCWC Blog

Great Sierra River Clean Up a Huge Success

About 45 people gathered on Saturday, September 19 at the North Laguna Creek Wildlife Area to pull out hundreds of pounds of trash. Included in the haul were bicycle frames, 2 fire extinguishers, 1 large metal No U Turn sign, a smartphone, 2 metal orange and white traffic calming pyramids, 300 or more plastic bottles, hundreds of cigarette filters, dozens of glass bottles, and tires of all sizes and a shopping cart. What a haul!! It was a great time to have a clean up because the creek had little water in it, permitting volunteers to reach areas that are otherwise hard to access. So a lot of the trash was ‘exposed’ due to the drought. Removing it now will not only get the trash out of Laguna Creek, but will prevent it from reaching the California coast and the Pacific Ocean. The Environmental Club of Cosumnes Oaks H.S. and the LCWC thanks all of the volunteers for their great work. Volunteers came from many of the local high schools including Franklin, Cosumnes Oaks, and Monterey Trails, from CSU Sacramento, from the Bodhi Temple, a Buddhist temple in Elk Grove, as well as a nice group of neighbors and local residents. Thanks to everyone!!   Due to the drought, 3 volunteers were able to access portions of the creek otherwise inaccessible: Members of the Bodhi Temple came out in full force: Professor Reede, a LCWC Board members, and students from CSUS turned out!: Electronic waste in the creek! Bad idea: The 3 clean up site coordinators, Cosumnes Oaks students Devin, Shreya and Nancy with a friend standing in front of one of the piles of trash: One of the youngest volunteers with a sign he pulled from the creek. Almost as big as he is!!:  ...

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