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Happenings at Hopland REC

Turkey Vulture nest sites monitored at HREC

We have four trail cameras set up on Turkey Vulture nest sites in an attempt to gather data on the activity of the adult birds.   So far all four sites have been visited by adult vultures.  Unknown to many folks is the importance to old decadent hollow oak trees to provide nest cavities for these birds.  The photo shows one of the trees and the camera set on a post.

Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7:51 PM
  • Author: Robert J Keiffer

UC-HREC Lambing Season Winds Down!

Here at the Center we "lamb" almost 100% of our ewe flock inside the main barn.  Over 600 ewes are lambed each spring and HREC now has the largest Mendocino County sheep flock.  Here you see the last of the 2011 lambing season results ... a "bummer" lamb (ie. a lamb without a mother for some reason... we get just a few each year) being fed and kept warm.

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 9:04 AM
  • Author: Robert J Keiffer

Mission Bells embrace springtime at HREC

Mission Bells (Fritillaria lanceolata) are one of the first springtime flowers to welcome the warm sunny days at HREC.  This particular wildflower, which is in the Lily family (Liliaceae) is sparsely scattered thoughout the oak woodland and chaparral habitats, usually in shady cool places.  This photo portrays one of the better "stands" found on HREC.

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 8:34 AM
  • Author: Robert J Keiffer

Pacific Rattlesnakes are out now at HREC!

Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus) are common at their denning sites right now.  I have a UC Davis researcher, herpetologist Dr. Brad Schaffer possibly interested in doing some research on them at HREC.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM
  • Author: Robert J Keiffer

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