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Cedar Waxwings on the campus today...
I was just too busy to take my usual Tuesday quick drive out to the San Joaquin Refuge this afternoon, so I settled for a walk around the campus. I haven't done it in a while, and I realized that spring was well underway. I s...
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Lovely shot!
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The Western Meadowlarks at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge think it is spring already...
These Western Meadowlarks (Sturnella neglecta) were out and about yesterday at the Tule Elk enclosure at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Spring is just around the corner; the grass is already green and growing, and the...
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Lovely, +Garry Hayes Sadly, an almost forgotten sound in the bustle of the Bay Area.
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A field in the Central Valley! Living in California's Great Valley has moments. Some good, some bad. It's really flat, and that isn't of much interest to a geologist (except the drilling kind). But on some days, when the stor...
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Mystery solved, and I am delighted to see how clearly you can see Half Dome from the Central Valley IF you are in just the right spot :-)
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What a sight for sore (and dry) eyes. Deep emerald fields of growing grass, and snow-capped peaks in the distance. Tropical palm trees. Spring? Hardly. It's the first of February in California, a place mired in the depths of ...
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I am surprised at how low the reservoirs still are; a drop in the bucket.
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A Hitchcockian moment at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge with Cormorants 
It was a beautiful evening at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge between Turlock and Los Banos. We were along Salt Slough, a tributary to the San Joaquin River, watching beavers or muskrats and various small birds flitting...
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I spent a wonderful day at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. These lands provide the few islands of support for millions of migratory birds, and belong to all Americans. There are stakeholders in the use of these lands, but the moment someone brandishes weapons they lose their place at the table.
Beauty and ugliness... A Meadowlark is singing in the breeze...it's early February in California which actually means that spring is practically here. In other places, biplanes are spraying pesticides and fungicides, beekeepe...
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Bird heads! The Sandhill Cranes are feeding closer to the road at the San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge.
Does it seem like there have been a lot of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in my blogs of late? There's a reason for that. They're going to be gone pretty soon. Oh, not from extinction so far as I know. But gone from this...
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Actually, I want your help here. I don't know the peak with the vertical flank on the right side of the picture above. I took this shot yesterday from near the intersection of Wellsford and Milnes Roads between Modesto and Wa...
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You might be able to do a line of sight in Google Earth Pro. It is now free. When you install it put in GEPFREE where the license goes. I would do it, but this computer is getting pretty old.

With that said, it sure looks like Half Dome, Geotripper :-)
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Another storm came through this morning, one of half a dozen this month that have dropped five inches of rain on the valley floor. That's not a complaint, not in the least. The drought remains, and every drop counts. We are a...
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There are caves in New Mexico that aren't Carlsbad or Lechuguilla. They aren't even made of limestone...
When one thinks of the Continental Divide, one might imagine high peaks of the Rocky Mountains, piercing the sky with glacially carved ridges. It's not always quite that way. As we made our way last summer across the flat pla...
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Great story and article!  We went through there about two years ago but it was getting too close to sunset to stop.  And when we wanted to visit on return, it was a terrible storm defeating us.  Thanks for a reminder to try again.
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Geology professor at Modesto Junior College in Central California
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I am a teacher of geology at Modesto Junior College and former president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Far Western Section. I have led field trips all over the western United States, and a few excursions overseas, but my homebase is the Sierra Nevada, the Great Valley, and the Coast Ranges of California.
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