The state grant the city obtained with help from FORB, FOSL and others, is now moving forward into construction. Survey stakes, temporary fencing and other signs of activity have begun. It's expected that there will soon be paving for a new bike trail at the bottom of the levee followed by work to reconfigure the staging area near the parking lot, add new interpretive signs as well as establish more native vegetation and remove some invasive plants. All of this work will take place over this year according to the current schedule. There will be volunteer opportunities and more information available later. Keep reading after the photos for more exciting nature news too.
"This past Wednesday, I did not see the Great Horned Owl family. I felt very sad even though I know the owlets must spread their wings and fly to be wild and free. Today, I went looking for them again and could not find them. As I was riding back, I heard a loud screech. I focused my camera to the sound and saw one of the owlets on a log near a walnut tree. I quickly rode over, got off the bike and left it as the grass was so high, there was no taking it with me. The screeching continued but I could not see the owls. I kept thinking that I cannot upset Mama or Papa. Don’t get too close…watch out for snakes…oh, what is that guy doing watching me carefully walking through the high grass?