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July is National Park and Recreation Month

July is National Park and Recreation Month

Elk Grove, Calif. – Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month.  Throughout the month, Parks and Recreation agencies constantly remind the community of the positive impact that Parks and Recreation has on their quality of life.  Celebrate this July with the Cosumnes CSD and the National Recreation and Park Association with their theme “Get Wild” about Parks and Recreation.

First Five Mosquito Samples and Two Dead Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus

First Five Mosquito Samples and Two Dead Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Elk Grove, Calif.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed the first five positive mosquito samples and two new dead birds infected with West Nile virus in both Sacramento and Yolo counties. Though birds had already tested positive in recent weeks, the positive mosquito samples found in both counties are coming much earlier than previous years and could signal a longer and very busy mosquito season. “This virus activity detected in the mosquito population is about a month early. Typically we don’t detect infected mosquito samples until July,” said David Brown District Manager. Based on the California Department of Public Health virus risk assessment, the District is in emergency planning mode. “We want to do what we can now to reduce immature mosquitoes and areas where they breed before they emerge as adult mosquitoes” added Brown.

Turkey Troubles on the Road

Turkey Troubles on  the Road

We've been hearing about some turkey troubles on the roads. Bob sent us this picture on Delair in Laguna West. We've received alot of viewer response about other sightings. Johanna says there have been some on Golf Link Drive in Folsom and another viewer reports 30 in the Arden Arcade area. One of our producers says she faced a turkey in the road on several occasions in Davis. Share your road stories with us!

 

 

Come take a walk on the wildside

Come take a walk on the wildside

Driving along I-5 between Pocket Road and Laguna Blvd. you may glimpse Sandhill cranes, American white pelicans, white-fronted geese, coyotes, numerous varieties of waterfowl, hawks, and other creatures.

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

GALT - The City of Galt, in partnership with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, will host the 4th annual Winter Bird Festival on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The festival has proven to be a successful display of nearly 100 bird species that routinely winter in the Galt area, specifically along the Cosumnes River Preserve.

The free festival will begin at 8 a.m. at McCaffery Middle School, located at 997 Park Terrace Drive in Galt. Tours will be held starting as early as 5:30 a.m. at a cost of $10 per adult. Youth under the age of 18 years old are free, but space is limited.

To sign up for the tours and for more information about workshops offered, visit www.ci.galt.ca.us or call (209) 366-7115 to confirm tour availability.