positive San Lorenzo River transitions…

Good Morning Dear Critter and Greenery Lovers,

San Lorenzo River pic. from September 15, 1938. It was taken during a river, ocean tour…

The bird sounds along the levee have changed. The fledglings begging sounds have become rare and infrequent. Gone are the food delivery calls of the juv. RED-shouldered and RED-tailed HAWKS. Finally the penetrating screeches of the juv. CROWS ended and the young HOUSE-FINCHES mastered the foraging on their own. The juv. GREEN HERON stopped its pitiful begging cries and is dipping its beak in the water to feed itself. Only the parents of the late clutches are still dashing hectically through the air, water and the bushes in search for high protein food for their broods. The other parents, who completed their breeding tasks, are taking it easy. There is calmness at the river, which annually reminds us that summer is preparing for fall, highlighted by the plants turning their blossoms into seeds.. Our northern migratory winter guests are getting ready to face their long journey to the San Lorenzo River and soon we’ll get to greet their safe and sound return.

gathering to learn from the experts how to plant trees: Leslie Keedy, our City arborist and Alex from the Park & Rec. crew …

The Estuary Project crew unanimously agreed that the planting event with the Brownie Troop and other community members was the perfect way to support Jasmine’s project. It was very inspiring to see all of us join together and plant 12 Buckeye trees and 26 assorted native plants. It was so impressive to see the young girls take charge of the tools and dig holes, spread soil to make sure the trees and plants had a good growing start. At the end of their planting day they pledged to be good future stewards and guardians for the trees. It was exquisite to hear that trees will be protected by these eager, young girls. And after watching them work, I can assure you they will do a great job looking out for trees.

Is the male BUFFLEHEAD looking forward to his San Lorenzo River return?

Do you wonder if the river plants and critters sense their good fortune of living in this location while their cousins are being pummeled by one disaster or an other? It’s a pleasing sight to see the Dragonflies perform their zig-zag dance along the banks in the cool mid-day air. Watching the last few, dilly-dallying SWALLOWS zoom above me, I wish I had the power to keep them safely here, but I know that their migrating urge will win.

BEST members, Braden and Eligio, hard at work on restoring riparian habitat…

Last Sunday I was thrilled to share a short Benchland walk with  Barbara Riverwoman, my retired co-blogger. She was heading home and I was going to meet with the BEST to clear damaged vegetation and trash from the riparian corridor. I was very happy for the BEST that Barbara took the time to take a look at our cleared area. She told them that they had done a great job and that the area looked amazing. They soaked up her compliments as they smiled shyly and stood up straighter. I admit it warmed my heart that their efforts received her well deserved praise. You are always invited to either join or visit us. We meet on Sundays at 11am underneath the Benchland pedestrian bridge across from Trader Joe. The San Lorenzo River habitats thank you all for caring ~ jane

MALLARDS resting in newly BEST restored riparian section…

 

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