American Pipit at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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This bird was visiting Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge when I photographed it from the photo blind there two years ago. I shot this video this last Thanksgiving weekend from the Sacramento NWR on my way back from visiting the family. Birding American Pipit pipits Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge The American Pipit ( Anthus rubescens ) is described as a slim-billed, sparrow-like bird of open country.

Fishing at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Fishing is not one of the recreational activities allowed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge but apparently no one has passed that information on to the local bird population. Birds egrets Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Snowy Egret wading birds Click on photos for full sized images. This Snowy Egret ( Egretta thula ) is often found on the six mile auto tour route at the bottom of a dam where water flows into the adjacent irrigation canal.


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Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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That being said, I found this juvenile recently at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. The complex headquarters at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge , Colusa NWR , and Delevan NWR all have photo blinds that are available to reserve. This adult was also seen at Sacramento NWR years earlier. Birds hawks National Wildlife Refuges raptors Red-shouldered Hawk Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Blue-winged Teal at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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The Blue-winged Teal ( Anas discors ) is not that common in California except along the coast, so I was pretty excited to discover several pair and a few non-paired individuals of the species at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge on the day I had reserved photo blind #2. Birds Destinations Blue-winged Teal ducks National Wildlife Refuges Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge waterfowl

Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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According to their website , the “Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Sacramento Valley of California. More than three million ducks and one million geese migrate to the Sacramento Valley every fall.

Announcing the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference

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Important Media is so excited to announce the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference! We here at Important Media are so excited to announce the upcoming Sustainability Unconference in Sacramento. The post Announcing the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference appeared first on Green Living Ideas. An Unconference is a unique twist on a regular conference: at most conferences, there are few people on stage, but most of the people you want to speak.

Northern Pintails at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers four photo blinds on three of their refuges which can be reserved, two on the Sacramento Refuge, one at Colusa NWR and one at Delevan NWR. This is what blind #2 at the Sacramento NWR looks like.

Vermilion Flycatcher in Colusa County California

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We all birded the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge after leaving the cemetery. There we passed on our vermilion experience with a group of novice young birders being led by a school group from Sacramento. They were very excited about spotting this guy on the way back to Sacramento. Birds Colusa flycatchers Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Vermilion Flycatcher

Some of My Favorite National Wildlife Refuge Photos

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The featured image above was taken from photo blind #1 at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR). There are many raptors found at the refuges in the Sacramento Valley of California. Recently there has been a Northern Shrike ( Lanius borealis ) hanging out on the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge auto tour route. I think most of you know how important our National Wildlife Refuge system is to me.

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Kutras Lake and the California Gull

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Not living on the coast is the most obvious reason that I don’t see many gulls or shorebirds but it helps having the Sacramento River, the largest river in California, running through the central valley. Birds Destinations California California Gull gulls Kutras Lake Ring-billed Gull Sacramento RiverGulls have always been a challenge to me. Maybe it’s because I don’t see them often, or seek them out, or even try to better my gull ID skills.

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White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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The Marsh Wren Singing and Gathering Nesting Material

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The male shown in the video above, filmed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, was in the process of gathering nesting material for what usually adds up to a dozen to two dozen nests! It is obvious to me that the male Marsh Wrens at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge are getting ready for the females to visit their breeding territories. Birds Marsh Wren Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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VW Quote of the day

Environmental Economics

From yesterday, actually (I accidentally saved this one as a draft): “I feel totally ripped off,” said John Decker, 55, a photographer from Sacramento, who owns a 2013 Jetta SportWagen with the diesel engine. “It It just reeks of fraud and that they intentionally misled the buyers of their vehicles into thinking these were clean diesels, environmentally good cars, that were fun to drive.”. via

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Greater White-fronted Geese at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California’s Central Valley. There are also two photography blinds on Sacramento NWR, one blind on Colusa NWR, and one blind on Delevan NWR. Approximately 44% of the Pacific Flyway’s waterfowl population winters in the Sacramento Valley 2. References: 1 Birds of North America Online , 2 Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex a.

Why Don’t We SEE the Homeless?

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The homeless are everywhere in California: They sleep in doorways in Berkeley, pitch tents at the Downtown Library in San Diego, camp out along the freeway on ramps in Sacramento. They ride BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) with children in tow, begging for spare change from commuters. Their plight is met with disdain by some, […].

Making Sweet Love to the Shame Monster.

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I heard a Dharma talk recently by a wonderful visiting teacher at the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group who said, “in Buddhism, we’re not so concerned about the why, we’re much more interested in the. Health & Wellness Literary Journal judgement love medicine love the one who loving ourselves mental health self-care shame

BMW Electric ActiveE Available in Fall 2011

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San Diego, Sacramento and select areas in Connecticut. The BMW ActiveE rolled onto the show floor at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This member of the BMW electrified 1-Series will make its first North American appearance at New York Auto Show this spring. One thousand ActiveEs will be built for field testing in New York, Boston, L.A.,

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A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. I usually stop at the two refuges that have easily accessed auto tour routes, the Sacramento NWR and Colusa NWR. California is blessed with 51 NWRs and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), second only to North Dakota with 77. You can check your state’s refuges here , listed by state.

California Port Now Generates All Energy Needs From Solar

Eco Friendly Daily

In order to reduce their costs and emissions, the entire Port of West Sacramento has turned to solar power. The Port of West Sacramento recently made an agreement with the Pacific Power Management company. Due to this, the Port of West Sacramento will now be attaining 100 percent of their energy needs from solar power. The Port of West Sacramento is now home to a 637-kilowatt power system that will save $20,000 each year in energy costs.

Mating and Feeding Behavior of the Northern Shoveler

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The video above showing the pair bonding and precopulatory behavior of the Northern Shoveler ( Anas clypeata ) was shot from the photography bind at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge , one of the refuges of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Northern California. The other main foraging technique employed by the Northern Shoveler using that rather large spatulate bill is filtering the open water surface as they swim, seen in this video filmed at Sacramento NWR.

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Ross’s Goose, the Little Snow Goose

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Every autumn, tens of thousands of Snow Geese arrive in California’s Sacramento Valley following their long journey from the Canadian Arctic (click on photos for full sized images). Waterfowl numbers at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex may exceed two million by December, after the wetland areas of the Klamath Basin and other areas to the north become frozen.

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The Unique Black-necked Stilt

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I found these beauties at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, one of the many locations the Black-necked Stilt breeds in the California Central Valley (map courtesy of Terry Sohl at South Dakota Birds ). Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) photos by Larry Jordan Click on photos for full sized images. This female Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) is distinguished from the male by her paler brownish back and scapulars.

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The Effects of Wildfires on Wildlife

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This past March I helped a Girl Scout troupe build and install 15 Bluebird nest boxes on the Sacramento River Trail. The Carr Fire jumped the Sacramento River within a few days after it began, at the very location we had installed the nestboxes. The photo above shows the beginning of the Carr Fire east of Redding with the Sundial Bridge in the foreground. This is about 35 miles West of my home.

Tundra Swans In The California Central Valley

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That is where I found this group of nearly 100 Tundra Swans northeast of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge as they flew in to the flooded agricultural fields. Now you know why the most numerous and widespread of the two swan species in North America used to be known as the Whistling Swan.

Progress Energy tries some behavioral economics

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It didn't work in Sacramento , but why not try it here? From the comments section on the Sacramento post: Putting things into perspective: although a 1,5% drop in consumption is indeed low, given the low demand-elasticities of electricity (mostly around -0,2 in the US, according to [link] for a price rise to achieve the same drop in consumption would require a 7,5% price increase.

Putting Warning Labels on Bottled Water Might Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

Green (Living) Review

Meanwhile, Walmart’s Great Value brand taps Sacramento’s municipal water supply. A new petition is asking for graphic text and photos to be slapped on the single-use containers. Labels warning people about the dangers of lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema are common on cigarette packaging around the developed world.

Peregrine Falcons at the National Wildlife Refuges

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Peregrine Falcon from Sacramento NWR auto loop. This may be the method this Peregrine had used before I spotted it from the Sacramento NWR auto loop. Just recently I spotted two Peregrine Falcons at Sacramento NWR while traveling the six mile auto loop. Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus ) at Delevan NWR (click on photos for full sized images).

A Water Ouzel Nest at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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One of the best things about our annual Audubon chapter’s Lassen Park campout is that we get to see several species of mountain birds that we don’t normally see in the Sacramento Valley. I know for a certainty that I will be able to see one of my favorites, the American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus), whenever I visit Lassen Volcanic National Park. I call this bird the Water Ouzel because I like saying it – Water Ouzel. Click on photos for full sized images.

The California Thrasher, A California Endemic

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I found this beauty hiking a not well known area next to the Sacramento River called Reading Island. The California Thrasher ( Toxostoma redivivum ) is endemic to coastal and foothill areas of California, extending into adjacent areas of northwest Baja California. Yup, another California native and a sweet songster to boot! You can hear one of their varied songs here (Courtesy of Xeno-canto, recorded by Steve Hampton, file XC70739 ).

Osprey Love in Northern California

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Living near the Sacramento River and its many lakes and tributaries makes it even more likely to see the incredible fish hawk or sea eagle we call the Osprey ( Pandion haliaetus ). Living in Northern California offers nature lovers many opportunities to view wildlife in there native habitat. Click on photos for full sized images.

Turtle Bay’s Nesting Bald Eagles Patriot and Liberty

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Not to disappoint, Patriot flies in a fresh fish from the Sacramento River. Since 2006 a pair of Bald Eagles ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) nesting at Turtle Bay in Redding California have successfully raised a dozen eaglets! The past three years the eagle pair dubbed Patriot (the male) and Liberty (the female) have been watched by thousands on an EagleCam installed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

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California NOW urges Brown to get rid of methyl Iodide for Strawberry Farms


Sacramento, CA June 30, 2011: The California Chapter of the National Organization for Women (CA NOW) today issued a statement regarding the use of methyl iodide being sprayed on strawberries throughout California. President Patty Bellasalma of the California Chapter of the National Organisation of Women doesnt mince words when it comes to what they think about Schwarzennegger's approval of the use of methyl iodide by strawberry farmers.

Sand Point Family Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon (2015 Lodi Appellation)

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Their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes from the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA), an appellation reserved for the northern San Joaquin Valley of California (Sand Point also makes a Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes from the Clarksburg AVA, which is further north in Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties). At last count, there are 25 species of birds named for U.S. states, with varying degrees of geographical relevance (sorry, Tennessee Warbler ).

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Birders Love Wastewater Treatment Plants

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Although not unusual to see these species in this location, considering the Sacramento River borders the East side of the plant, it seemed rather early to see the Snow Goose. Wastewater Treatment Plants are known to birders all over the country as great birding spots. If constructed properly, these facilities can be not only a boon to birders and other wildlife enthusiasts but an obvious benefit to their local communities.

Shade Trees Can Trim Dollars From Your Energy Bill

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The study was conducted last year taking 460 single-family homes in Sacramento. Sacramento was chosen because of the raging summers and the wide use of air conditioners, no doubt causing a large carbon footprint. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is very active with its tree planting campaigns. Residents are entitled for up to 10 free trees per year through a program co-opted with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. We have stood in the shade and felt it all along.

Gadwall Courtship Displays

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I spent a few hours in the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge blind #1 last weekend and filmed the following video of Gadwalls ( Anus strepera ) engaged in courtship displays. According to Birds of North America Online , 97% of female Gadwall are paired by November. These pairs of ducks are obviously strengthening their pair bonds at this point. Here is the list of “Courtship Displays” from BNA Online: Introductory Shake.

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Tricolored Blackbird in Trouble in California

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” The report continues: “Following the breeding season, most tricolors are found in the Sacramento Valley where they aggregate with red-winged and other blackbird species and feed, often in large flocks, on ripening rice. More than 99% of the population of Tricolored Blackbirds ( Agelaius tricolor ) live within the state of California and form the largest colonies of any North American passerine bird 1. Click on photos for full sized images.

You would think that there would be more peace and tranquility in Weed

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Bottled-water plants have met with resistance and in some cases protests in a number of places across California, including a Nestlé plant last year in Sacramento. There seems to be a lack of joint decision making in Weed: Roseburg Forest Products, an Oregon-based company that owns the pine forest where the spring surfaces, is demanding that the city of Weed get its water elsewhere. For the past 50 years, the company charged the city $1 a year for use of water from the Beaughan Spring.

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The limitations of behavioral economics

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I just reviewed a nudge style paper, and it was cool, but the extensions don't seem to be there: Or take a recent study in Sacramento, Calif., It's Friday night and I'm getting ready for a night of clubbing. Just one more post. that tried to curb household electricity consumption. Prime Minister Cameron has repeatedly cited this research.) While traditional energy bills inform customers only about their own consumption, these bills directly compared them with their neighbors.

Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White Winners

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He lives in Sacramento with his wife and daughter, and enjoys county birding throughout the state. Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White is the kind of book that every birder should–and likely will –own. Luckily, not everyone will need to pay for their copy. Our friends at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave us three copies to share with readers through a triple-tiered giveaway.

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