The sun shined brightly after an early morning rain and the team tipped their field glasses to late friend and team member Don Schmoldt who enjoyed participating in this count and all other birding adventures and would certainly have raised count totals today.
The event was this year on 12/6 under bright sunny skies as the recent and much needed storm ended. The 9 people on “Team Otter” today enjoyed great conditions for wildlife viewing. The group counted nearly 50 species of birds, a coyote, beaver sign, non-native fox squirrels, a feral cat and 20 unleashed dogs as well as another 20 that were legal. The diversity of wildlife seen at Sutter’s Landing Park is amazing and makes for a very good way to slip away from downtown Sacramento for a little while to relax and enjoy nature.
The data collected from this count is submitted to eBird a global online tool for reporting and sharing bird observations. This information can be seen and updated by all and is an excellent example of the type of citizen science that is possible and much needed with the types of pressures that wildlife and their habitats face. Plan to join us next year and share any new wildlife observations while visiting at other times of the year too. More information on the species seen during the count this year as well as a complete list of wildlife that have been observed at Sutter's Landing Park can be found at this link.