Great Outdoors

Turtle Bay Welcomes New Pond Turtles

Turtle Bay Exploration Park recently welcomed four baby Western Pond Turtles. Turtle Bay is part of a Conservation Program with Sonoma State, San Francisco Zoo, and Oakland Zoo to help native pond turtles. “We wanted to be part of making a direct impact on animals beyond education and thought what better animal to help than [...]

Wreaths of the Season 2014

The beauty of the garden in winter is a unique pleasure: fragrant, fresh evergreens, bright berries, frosty mornings. Photo: Frosty Indian hawthorne on a cold North State morning. Seasonal greens, winter fruits, and sculptural cones have long been associated with the winter holidays–with brightening shortened days and long nights, with the universal hope for the [...]

The Bear Facts: A Conversation with Pete Figura – Bears are Common Redding Visitors

You may recall that Sunday, a black bear romped through my Garden Tract neighborhood in Redding. He made a stop on my roof and exited through my back yard before touring other parts of downtown. Eventually, he was “darted”  by Pete Figura of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Today, Figura updates us on [...]

Bringing it to Life: Altacal Audubon’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program

This time of year is marked for me by the early morning calling of a great horned owl, who roosts (and hunts) from a line of blue oaks at the end of my garden. In the mid-day, the sound of hummingbird activity still dominates – nectaring in the last of the lavender and salvia, and [...]

Take a Hike on the Historical Crystal Creek Water Ditch

The Crystal Creek Water Ditch- particularly the Whiskeytown area - is a great trail for history buffs. To get there, take Highway 299 west to the Whiskeytown Visitor Center. First, stop at the visitor center and enjoy the view, snap some pictures of the beautiful lake and browse the center for a few minutes. Continue west [...]

Timing: November in the Garden & North State Calendar of Regional Gardening Events

PHOTO: Autumnal bumble bees resting in an an aster. Timing is everything isn’t it? It’s as true in baseball as it is in politics as it is in the garden. Good timing, and an intuitive understanding of timing, makes everything you do or are preparing to do, come along more easily. PHOTO: Fall trees. What [...]

Lawns Can Remain Happy, Healthy, During Drought

We are coming into a growing season unlike none experienced in nearly 100 years – possibly forever – considering that 100  years ago almost no one had lawns. In Northern California, water conservation requirements are often determined by the water source.  Even the smallest water districts implemented water conservation requirements, and by  summer’s end most districts [...]

Fall Prescribed Burning at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is planning to begin seasonal prescribed burning activities within the next several weeks.  Rain events in late September helped to provide desirable conditions for the safe and effective use of prescribed fire at cooler and higher elevation locations within the park.   Based on these conditions, fire crews plan to conduct [...]

Lassen Volcanic National Park to Host Vehicle Free Day October 18

After a successful vehicle free day this past spring, Lassen Volcanic is happy to announce another opportunity for non-motorized recreation along the park highway. On Saturday, October 18, your park invites you to enjoy its fall colors and crisp air as you bicycle, walk, or run along the Lassen National Park Highway, vehicle-free. ”Lassen’s first vehicle free [...]


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