Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Adelaide Bald Eagles Flying High

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County  Conservation Project Manager Cain Silvey spotted this bald eagle while working on a land conservation project in the Adelaide area, W of Lake Nacimiento. Shortly after this eagle flew out of the tree it was joined by two more bald eagles and the three of them circled overhead for a few minutes before flying off toward the lake. 

California's oak woodlands provide homes for more than 300 vertebrate species, including these bald eagles. Seeing these magnificent birds reminds us of the value of The Land Conservancy's work to conserve land for the benefit of wildlife, nature and people.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Who Goes There? The Clues Left Behind for Pismo Preserve Ranger C.J. to Find!

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County Pismo Preserve Ranger C.J. Silas spends a lot of time hiking the Pismo Preserve to keep 11 mi. of trails safe and enjoyable for visitors + healthy for nature preserve inhabitants. These are some of the things found on recent hikes. Evidence of animals who have passed by or passed away. If you're grossed out by scat, don't look! Thanks for sharing, C.J.!

Most likely the backbone and pelvis of a deer, perhaps what's left of a mountain lion's dinner.
The scats shown above and below are impressive! Both were found in the middle of trail, a way of communicating with other coyotes: I've been here! Coyote diet varies seasonally. When prey animals are plentiful, you'll see a lot of hair in the scat. When in short supply, you might see more fruit pits and remnants of a vegetable diet. Coyotes lean toward the carnivorous side but are omnivores.