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Feral Cats

Wild and unsocialized, the feral cats of Sacramento live among our neighborhoods and riverbanks. These cats are at the center of a battleground between those who advocate for their right to live and those...
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All About Opossums

You may have seen them waddling around the neighborhood: white faces, pointy noses, about the size of a cat with a tail that looks like a rat’s. The Virginia opossum is much maligned, says...
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Mother Nature’s Treasure Hunt

For a nature-inspired challenge in this region, we’ve put together a treasure hunt that’s fun for all ages. Take your time as you explore. Awe-inspiring mysteries of the natural world are everywhere, and connecting...
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Springtime Babies

This spring, as bird nests fill with bobbing, gaping beaks, and burrows and dens come alive with wriggling young, we share top tips developed with Terri Muzik, a longtime volunteer rehabber with Wildlife Care Association in Sacramento, on how to...
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Wildlife Sightings

Many of us are drawn to the wild. It’s a connection Edward O. Wilson, author of “Biophilia: The Human Bond With Other Species,” describes as our innate love of nature.“It’s one of the good...

Garden Insects: Friend or Foe?

Deep in our gardens, insects hunt and forage for food, battle with predators and prey, and hatch new life from eggs so beautiful they could pass as art while others give birth to live young....

Backyard Birding

Birds. They’re strikingly intelligent, often jaw-droppingly gorgeous, masterful courters and nest makers, and some are givers of gifts. They’re highly social and communicative, singers of symphonic melodies and travelers of the globe.As we’ve remained...
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Coyote Guy

On any given day, it’s not unusual to find Carmichael’s Guy Galante wandering along the American River, watching, listening, tracking. A naturalist and Sacramento region’s resident coyote expert, he’s been documenting and photographing the...

Seeking Sandhill Cranes

Ah, sandhill cranes. More than 30,000 of these celebrated, 4-foot-tall, slate-gray birds with a bustle of drooping feathers over their rumps and crimson crowns are back in the Sacramento region for fall and winter....