Get Along With Little Doggies


Have you seen coyotes in your neighborhood, or heard that they are in your midst? If so, does that seem like a recent development?

Guy Galante is here to tell you all about it. The Carmichael native and certified California naturalist will present “My Coyote Neighbor” in the next installment of Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s Nature of Things speaker series. The lecture will be presented via Zoom starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17.

Galante is also scheduled to lead a field study outside the nature center from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, weather permitting.

There’s a bit of a dark side to coyotes’ presence, alluded to in the center’s description of the lecture: They pose a danger for domestic cats. But Effie Yeaw wants to encourage residents to “humanely coexist with urban wildlife.” Its Project Coyote “is designed to ensure human and pet safety, minimize conflicts, and promote coexistence through mutual respect, fairness and empathy.”

The lecture costs $15 for Effie Yeaw members and $20 for nonmembers; purchase your tickets online.

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, the Nature of Things series continues with “Native Landscapes Tell Stories.” The virtual lecture will be given by Billy Krimmel, founder and owner of Miridae, a Sacramento-based landscape architecture and construction company that specializes in native plantings.

“Join Billy and discover how native landscapes are not just less resource-intensive than conventional landscapes. They provide valuable habitat for native animals, particularly insect species, many of which have intricate evolutionary adaptations to survive on native plants and are unable to use introduced species.”

Find out more about Effie Yeaw Nature Center on its website.