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Drought Care for Trees

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Drought Care for Trees

As the drought continues, our urban forest is in need of extra care. Here are some simple ways to care for your trees while saving water.

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Dwindling Snowpack = Dwindling Groundwater

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Dwindling Snowpack = Dwindling Groundwater

The ongoing drought has created some unique and extraordinary conditions throughout the western US. California in particular is enduring some extremely dry conditions with limited to no snow pack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this spring. These mountains supply about 1/3 of our state water supply in an average year.

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Explore the Creek for the Birds

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Explore the Creek for the Birds

Last Sunday morning, May 3rd, about 30 people gathered at Jack Hill Park in east Elk Grove to assemble bird and duck boxes.

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Explore (and help) the Creek!

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Explore (and help) the Creek!

We are all familiar with the sound of a woodpecker drumming on a tree searching for food or building a nest site. But what about the many other bird species that nest deep inside tree limbs but don’t have the means to create their own home? Join the Laguna Creek Watershed Council this Sunday as we lend a helping hand (wing?) to some of our feathered, cavity-nesting friends.

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SAVE THE DATE! Elk Grove Greener Gardens EXPO & Garden Tour – April 25th!

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SAVE THE DATE!  Elk Grove Greener Gardens EXPO & Garden Tour – April 25th!

Enter to win a free ‘Greener’ Garden Landscape Design! The EXPO will feature hands-on demonstration stations and experts that will help you create a ‘greener’, more sustainable garden.

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Creek Week is Right Around the Corner

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Creek Week is Right Around the Corner

We all know Creek Week is a time to get out on the creeks and get our hands dirty, but did you know it’s also a great time to go on local tours, or celebrate with other creek volunteers? Sign up to view beavers, birds, blooms, fish, or habitat restoration efforts on one of the tours taking place during creek week. You can see the full calendar of creek week events starting with the April 10th Splash Off at the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center here: Creek Week Activities But if an old fashioned clean-up is what you’re interested in, there are many options throughout the county. Check out the volunteer sign up page.  For a clean-up in the Elk Grove/Laguna Creek Area click on the link for S. Sacramento County. A big shout out goes to the Sacramento Area Creeks Council and all of the hard work they do preparing for this big event. We hope to see you out there on the creek!...

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Cliff Swallows- Coming to a Bridge Near You!

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Cliff Swallows- Coming to a Bridge Near You!

Have you ever seen a flock of birds flying near a bridge in Elk Grove, zipping about like a tiny squadron of fighter planes?  Chances are, you were looking at a nesting colony of cliff swallows.  Swallows are known aerial acrobats and they feed by catching insects on the wing. They were named for their natural habit of building mud nests on cliff faces, but now they might more aptly be named “bridge swallows”, or “building swallows”.  They can often be viewed collecting mud along the banks of local streams or ponds in the spring.  Check out this video of a colony in Elk Grove: http://lagunacreek.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/cliffswallow.mp4               While they can probably be seen on many bridges along Laguna Creek, two recently confirmed locations for these colony nesters is the Franklin Blvd bridge and the bridge on Elk Grove Florin.  Here’s a map: Cliff swallows in their elaborate mud nests: Check them out when you get a chance!...

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Mather Vernal Pool Work Day, March 22, 2015

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Mather Vernal Pool Work Day, March 22, 2015

The vernal pool open space area along Morrison Creek was the gathering place for a group of watershed council members and friends this past Sunday morning. We came to prune and wrap oak trees planted along the creek, adjacent to the Independence at Mather community. The voles seem to be eating the bark on a lot of the young oak trees, killing them. So we pruned away most of the lower branches on about 50 trees, and where needed wrapped them with stiff plastic sheeting. In addition to helping those oak trees along, we were treated to a great bloom of all kinds of flowers….yellow, orange, blue, purple….it was amazing to see such a beautiful field of flowers and rolling hills. If you get a chance, there is a nice hiking trail along Morrison Creek, on Eagles Nest about 0.2 mile south of Woodring. To get there, you have to take either Sunrise or Excelsior north since Eagles Nest does not go all the way through. We’ll be planning a return trip next year to check on the trees and protect the ones we might have missed this year. A nest of mallard eggs we found in the field: A young oak…the kind the voles love. By pruning away any branches lower than a foot and wrapping the trunk, voles won’t be able to eat the bark until the tree and strong and larger, when the bark is harder and not as tasty to the voles. A larger oak after pruning the lower branches Red sanicle...

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2015 Mather Workday at Morrison Creek

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2015 Mather Workday at Morrison Creek

Just a quick post to show some beautiful pictures from our workday on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time! It was a great day!

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An endangered species near you!

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An endangered species near you!

Spring is the time of year when California’s vernal pools are the busiest. There are abundant small crustaceans living out their short lives in these seasonal wetlands. One, listed as endangered, is the Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp– Lepidurus packardi.

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