All About Chinook Salmon

All About Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Also known as King Salmon or Spring Salmon The Cosumnes River was once abundant with migratory Chinook Salmon in the late fall through early spring. In other river systems, such as the Sacramento, American, and Feather rivers, the salmon runs have been restored through various conservation efforts. However in smaller streams, like the Cosumnes River, these native fish are still threatened due to habitat degradation.  Chinook are anadromous — what does

Flooding the Preserve’s Managed Wetlands

Flooding the Preserve’s Managed Wetlands

Many visitors have asked excellent questions about when and why we flood the wetland ponds during the fall and winter at the Preserve. In this video, we’ll inform you on a few of the reasons we flood the ponds and what the timeline looks like from year to year. Every year Preserve staff create a plan for how each pond will be managed.  We adjust that plan frequently based on what grows in each pond

All About the Yellow-billed Magpie

All About the Yellow-billed Magpie

Yellow-Billed Magpie (Pica nuttali) by Emily Anderson What? A yellow-billed magpie is a clamorous bird in the blackbird family. It has a large band of white that wraps from its belly up to its shoulders. They have shimmery-blue backs, wings, and long tails to match. They also have a black head and a yellow beak. Where? The Yellow-billed magpie is only native to California. They are inclusive to an area that stretches about 500 miles

All About Steelhead Trout

All About Steelhead Trout

Steelhead Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) What are Steelhead Trout? Steelhead is a name for rainbow trout that are anadromous (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Anadromous means that the fish migrate from a freshwater river to the ocean, then back up the river to spawn. They are called “Steelhead” because they tend to acquire more silvery markings than other Rainbow trout. They generally live for 4-6 years. Their size is usually 20-30 inches long and about 8 pounds in weight,