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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Great Sierra River Cleanup 2015

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in LCWC Blog

Great Sierra River Cleanup 2015

Join in the Fun…..Help clean up rivers and streams that drain to the ocean, then celebrate! The California coast is full of trash that came from the upland watersheds, like Laguna Creek.  Some of that trash even makes it out to the miles-wide Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Recent studies show that 60% of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs …. plastic that comes from watersheds like ours. Read more: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/16400/20150901/ocean-pollution-plastic-estimated-90-percent-seabirds-guts-2050.htm Please join the LCWC and the Environmental Club of Cosumnes Oaks HS get rid of our local trash by joining with others up and down the state for the Great Sierra CleanUp.  Right along Laguna Creek.  September 19th, Saturday, 9:00 – noon clean up, noon – lunch.  Meet at the North Laguna Creek Wildlife Area bridge – along Jacinto Ave.  – on the north side of the creek. Wear work shoes, bring gloves and a bucket if you have one. Prizes for most unusual trash, biggest piece of trash, and more. To sign up, click here....

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Dwindling Snowpack = Dwindling Groundwater

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in LCWC Blog

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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