Natural World http://klcc.org en Natural World: Berggren Watershed Conservation Area http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-berggren-watershed-conservation-area <p>Nearly all of the meandering back channels in the Willamette Basin have been drained and filled to create more agricultural land.&nbsp; Unfortunately, this vanishing habitat is critical for the survival of a number of indigenous species.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:56:16 +0000 John Cooney 17629 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Berggren Watershed Conservation Area Natural World: Great Snakes! http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-great-snakes <p>Early summer can be blustery in the Pacific Northwest.&nbsp; Our native snakes have emerged from hibernation and are out hunting for a meal.&nbsp; These cold-blooded animals often need to bask in the sun to bring their bodies up to a temperature that allows them to function efficiently.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:34:00 +0000 John Cooney 16678 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Great Snakes! Natural World: Horse Rock Ridge http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-horse-rock-ridge <p></p><p>Horse Rock Ridge sits at the bald summit of the Coburg Hills.&nbsp; This time of year the wildflower show is spectacular.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 15785 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Horse Rock Ridge Natural World: Cosumnes River Preserve http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-cosumnes-river-preserve <p>The Cosumnes River is the only remaining large undammed river flowing into California's Great Central Valley.&nbsp; The Nature Conservancy, along with other conservation and government groups have preserved 46,000 acres near the river's confluence with the Mokolumne River, south of Sacramento.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 14933 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Cosumnes River Preserve Natural World: Intertidal Life http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-intertidal-life <p>Extreme tides reveal a world of unfamiliar plants and animals.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 07:01:00 +0000 John Cooney 14042 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Intertidal Life Natural World: Last Remnant of the Wetland Prairie http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-last-remnant-wetland-prairie <p></p><p></p><p>Willow Creek Nature Preserve is one of the last relatively intact examples remaining of Willamette Valley wetland prairie habitat.&nbsp; The plants and animals found here have been living together for centuries.&nbsp; Many cannot survive outside of this environment.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 14:48:00 +0000 John Cooney 13154 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Last Remnant of the Wetland Prairie Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-swifts-agate-hall <p></p><p></p><p>During spring and fall migrations Vaux's Swifts have been using the tall chimney at Agate hall for an evening roost.&nbsp; How these birds know where to congregate remains a mystery.&nbsp; The evening spectacle when they enter the chimney is easily accessible to anyone taking the time to observe.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:37:00 +0000 John Cooney 12243 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall Natural World: Goshen Fossil Bed http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-goshen-fossil-bed <p>Drastic changes in climate have occurred many times in Earth's history.&nbsp; There is direct fossil evidence of global cooling that took place 35 million years ago, when a tropical climate shifted to a temperate one.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:33:43 +0000 John Cooney 10581 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Goshen Fossil Bed Natural World: McCartney Landing http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-mccartney-landing <p></p><p></p><p>Upriver towns in the valley depended on the Willamette River for a connection to the outside world for decades before the railroads were built.&nbsp; Today much the the hustle and bustle of early city life has been replaced by agriculture.&nbsp; Periodic flooding has taught people to remove permanent structures from the floodplain.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:43:55 +0000 John Cooney 9720 at http://klcc.org Natural World: McCartney Landing Natural World: Early Signs of Spring on the Marsh http://klcc.org/post/natural-world-early-signs-spring-marsh <p> The earliest signs of spring can be observed at the marsh.&nbsp; The return of Turkey Vultures, Tree Swallows and the amorous croaking of Pacific Tree Frogs signal the retreat of winter.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 8853 at http://klcc.org Natural World: Early Signs of Spring on the Marsh