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Joanie's Blog - Past Stories

A Conversation with a Great Horned Owl - Winter 2022
A Conversation at the Water Cooler- Winter 2021
A Conversation with a Crow - Winter 2020
A Conversation with a Squirrel - Fall/Winter 2019
Another Conversation with a Jay - Spring/Summer 2019
A Conversation with a Rat - Fall/Winter 2018
A Conversation with the Moon - Spring/Summer 2018
A Conversation with a Bat - Fall/Winter 2017
A Conversation with a Mountain Lion - Spring 2017
A Conversation with a Skunk - Spring 2016
A Conversation with a Raven - Winter 2015
A Conversation with a Gopher Snake - Summer 2015
A Conversation with a Great-horned Owl - Winter 2014
A Conversation with Zippy - Summer 2014
A Conversation at the Water Cooler - Winter 2013
Are We There Yet? - Spring/Summer 2013
Rare Bird Alert - Winter 2012
Oaks and Ents - Summer 2012
A Conversation with a Turkey Vulture - Winter 2011
Silent But Deadly - Spring 2011
It's The Simple Things - Winter 2010
A Conversation with a Jay - Fall 2010
Why did the Taricha Tarosa cross the road? - Spring 2010
Its the Little Things - Winter 2009
Dances with Chickens - Fall 2009
A Conversation with a Hummingbird - Summer 2009
Jeez, Don't Trim Those Trees! - Spring 2009
29 Turkeys - Winter 2008
And Now for Something Completely Different... Swifts! - Fall 2008
Oh... Honey! - Summer 2008
Meet Guano Bob... - Fall 2007
Magical Mitchell Canyon - Summer 2007
Time to Nest - Spring 2007
Do You Speak Squirrel? - Fall 2006















At the Water Cooler

I'm lucky to have a lot of trees in my yard many of which are native to this area. I have one very large one that grows close to the house - a big kahuna that produces lots of acorns in certain years. This year, they're everywhere. Dropping on the cars in the driveway, hitting the roof. There are more acorns here than I've ever seen...

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East Bay Times Article

Attracting birds and bees to our yards and gardens is simple, if we provide what they like and need.

Joanie Smith, owner of East Bay Nature in Walnut Creek, says there are five essential elements for success water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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