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Creeks

Much of what goes on at Casa Dos Rios is centered around the approximately 7 acres of riparian habitat where the two creeks (Little Arthur and Uvas) merge.

Wood Duck Boxes at CDR

Students Build Nest Boxes

Students Build Nest Boxes

 

The winter of 2013/2014 has been a great disappointment with record low rain, long frost periods followed by long warm periods.  Our creeks are finally flowing, but the Pajaro River downstream is dry for about a six-mile stretch, meaning that the Steelhead cannot return from the sea to reproduce this year.  I picture them in my mind swimming in great numbers near the river mouth, awaiting enough rain to return to their breeding grounds.  Another sad side-effect of this drought is that there are many local creeks that don’t have enough water to sustain wood ducks, who require a healthy creek to provide enough food and shelter to reproduce.  In past years, there have been between 3-4 pairs who nest in the sycamore alluvial habitat where Little Arthur and Uvas Creeks merge.  This habitat has been the focus of much of the restoration efforts that have occurred here over the last 10 years.

Ryan (right) and a student hang a nest box

Ryan (right) and a student hang a nest box

 

Students Building Box

Students Building Box

This year, the wood ducks are back, but they are back in great numbers.  There have been between 30-40 ducks in the creek since late fall.  So in desperation, I asked the birding community for help in building and installing nest boxes.  I had a fantastic taker in Ryan Phillips and his environmental science class from De Anza Jr. College.  These amazing folks came to CDR and in one day built 6 boxes and installed them throughout the Uvas Creek area.  And, there are still 4 more boxes to install (they weren’t completed on the first day).  Now, I see ducks near all of the boxes but have no idea whether or not they are all occupied.  Ryan and his class have offered to monitor the boxes, so it shall be amazing to see if there are any nesters.  I am so excited to be a part of the continuation of one of our favorite local duck species.

Nest box hangs near Uvas Creek

Nest box hangs near Uvas Creek

De Anza Class with Jean (purple tee)
De Anza Class with Jean (purple tee)

 

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