Become a Teacher on the Public Lands

Join the Bureau of Land Management in protecting our public lands and promoting hands on learning through some of the United States’ most treasured cultural, natural and geological resources…become a 2021 Teacher on the Public Lands. March 10, 2021 The

All About the Snowy Egret By Emily Anderson Description: With its snowy-white plumage, this slender heron always seems to be on display when foraging in the wetland ponds. When in plain sight, you can see its black bill and black

Kids Activity Booklet! Learn While You Hike

Cosumnes Kids Activity Booklet Print and bring this activity book along with you on your next trip to Cosumnes River Preserve! Perfect for 2nd-4th graders, this booklet will provide you with activities to learn, create, and explore the flora, fauna,

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

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

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,

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.

All About the Bobcat

Bobcats are beautiful creatures that live in Cosumnes River Preserve and all throughout the state. They are known for their “bobbed” tail and graceful presence. Learn more about the bobcat by reading this article, written by a Preserve volunteer!

Volunteers Keep Things Running

With everyone being told to suspend normal operations and shut down, three showed up anyway.
Harry, Robin, and Greg. If you have ever volunteered with HRT, you have probably seen all of them at one time or another.

It’s the Little Things

In the past 121 years every February has seen at least some rainfall. This year (2020) we experienced the first dry February since 1899. Because of this (and other factors), the vernal pool grasslands have stayed significantly dry and the