Horse Rock Ridge is at the Summit of the Coburg Hills. It is an environmentally sensitive area, so if you visit, please stay on the trail. Its wildflower display in the spring and early summer is spectacular.
Horse Rock Ridge sits at the bald summit of the Coburg Hills. This time of year the wildflower show is spectacular.
The Cosumnes River is the only remaining large undammed river flowing into California's Great Central Valley. 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.
Willow Creek Nature Preserve is one of the last relatively intact examples remaining of Willamette Valley wetland prairie habitat. The plants and animals found here have been living together for centuries. Many cannot survive outside of this environment.
During spring and fall migrations Vaux's Swifts have been using the tall chimney at Agate hall for an evening roost. How these birds know where to congregate remains a mystery. The evening spectacle when they enter the chimney is easily accessible to anyone taking the time to observe.
Drastic changes in climate have occurred many times in Earth's history. There is direct fossil evidence of global cooling that took place 35 million years ago, when a tropical climate shifted to a temperate one.