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A Lounge of Lizards: Upstanding Community Members of a North State Garden

PHOTO: A Western Fence Lizard (Scleroporus occidentalis occidentalis)on my garden’s basking on a warm wall. Each evening when I get home from work, I water my front south-facing garden beds and pots. It is a dry and sort of rocky… Continue Reading

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Late Summer Bloomers: California Fuchsias

Late summer bloomers never fail to amaze and impress me – and perhaps this year more than most. What reserves are these plants drawing on after these many years of drought and heat? The shimmering late summer grasses, the deep… Continue Reading

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North American Butterfly Association Annual Butterfly Count, June 5 for Big Chico Creek Region, led by Dr. Don Miller

On Friday June 5, nature enthusiasts will gather at 8:30 am at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve just outside of Forest Ranch to conduct the 9th Annual Butterfly Count for the Big Chico Creek Region, Dr. Don Miller tells… Continue Reading

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Expanding your Gardening Awareness: Poison Oak & the North State Garden

PHOTO: An expansive native oak in a natural oak woodland setting, just up from the banks of Chico Creek. Look closely, its trunk is encircled with a stand of poison oak, just leafing out. Some of the poison oak twines… Continue Reading

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Happy (and Hungry) are the Hummingbirds

PHOTO: A hummingbird sitting on her tiny nest. Her body literally fills the lichen, spider web, twig and fluff-constructed nest to the edges, sealing in the eggs from weather and temperature fluctuations. Spring is here and more than a few… Continue Reading