Nearly all of the meandering back channels in the Willamette Basin have been drained and filled to create more agricultural land. Unfortunately, this vanishing habitat is critical for the survival of a number of indigenous species.
Early summer can be blustery in the Pacific Northwest. Our native snakes have emerged from hibernation and are out hunting for a meal. 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.
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.