Category Archives: Birds

Ravens and Love in Point Reyes

After weeks of work, I was thrilled by a recent hike B. and I took to Point Reyes National Seashore, a spectacular stretch of the California coast and a very special place for us. After winding through woodlands of rushing streams … Continue reading

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The Mind of a Crow

Just after my avian-centric previous post, B. and I began to notice a newcomer to our front yard: A small crow, almost a black shadow, dragging his badly broken wing at his left side like a tattered flag, venturing in search of … Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count

My first memory of an awareness of birds and their importance in our lives was – like so many things in my life – connected to my mother. She’d rescued a baby bird that fell from its nest in our backyard, and … Continue reading

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Laguna de Santa Rosa

The Laguna de Santa Rosa – part of the larger Laguna watershed, just minutes from where B. and I live – provides habitat for a huge number of species in Sonoma County (the second most biodiverse county in California, after San Diego). These include endangered salmon … Continue reading

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May in Roseland

Happy May Day! Whatever your traditions – whether Celtic Beltane maypoles, encircled with ribbons by dancers; jumping over a bonfire, or crowning a May Queen – now the seeds have been planted, and these rituals ensure a bountiful harvest, and protection of crops and farm animals. … Continue reading

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Presence in the Present: Vernal Equinox

Happy Spring! This year we are treated to a rare trifecta of astronomical phenomena today: the vernal equinox, a total solar eclipse, and a supermoon! The night and the day are roughly equal, and the Northern Hemisphere prepares for the growing … Continue reading

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Who’s ‘Shrooming Who?

Happy Imbolg! This ancient Gaelic celebration falls halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. It’s traditionally a time of divination – of weather in particular, watching to see if serpents or badgers emerge from their dens (the basis for the … Continue reading

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