March 7th, 2013

National Wildlife Refuge: Day Of The Goose

National Wildlife Refuge: Day Of The Goose

On Sunday D. and I went to the National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso because we hadn't been there in over 2 years and it has flat trails that are easy for me to handle.  We saw a lot of geese.  Here are some of the pics I took.

Pretty flowers greet us near the parking lot.

Along the Marsh View Trail, the box elder is budding.

More buds against the late winter sky.

All signage in the wildlife refuge is bilingual.

¡Número uno!

Benches near the pavilion overlook the marsh.

The windsock on the pavilion.

Dramatic clouds in the sky.

Blue-eyed grass, fiddleneck, speedwell, and red-stemmed filaree.

Plantings of native seedlings are protected in mesh cages from foraging animals.

Solar-powered lights in the parking lot poke up above the trees.

¡Número dos!

The salt marsh.

Conceivably, one could learn Spanish from taking nature walks.

Por favor, clase, repita después de mí:
La Liebre de California no cava bajo tierra.
¡Muy bien, clase! Repita:
¿Qué tan rápido puede correr una liebre?  Vi un ganso de Canadá.
¡Muy bien!

No me gustan las moscas.

California poppy.

¡Número tres!

A Canada goose bathes in the slough.

A discarded water heater rusts away at the edge of the marsh.

Canada geese nest at the wildlife refuge in large numbers.

The refuge's Environmental Education Center is visible across the marsh.

The pump house helps control flooding.

I wonder what we are supposed to do if the alarms go off? 

A City of San José traffic cone (Conus trafficus sanjosëensis) in its natural habitat.

!Número cuatro!

A pair of Canada geese forage in the marsh.

The pump house and the Environmental Education Center.

¡Número cinco!

A mystery object hangs from the telephone wire along the edge of the marsh.

Otala punctata snail shells, one empty, one occupied.

A goose stands on one leg while its mate takes a snooze nearby.

More clouds over the hills to the east.

Stakes with colored biological surveyor's tape and protective caps that look like graduation mortarboards probably mark native seedling plantings in the marsh.

Canada geese bond for life.

The wing of a bird eaten by a hawk lies near the trail.

Elderberry buds.

Spring is definitely getting ready to be sprung.

The trail zigzags out into the marsh on a boardwalk.

The flag at the Environmental Education Center.

One last look at the salt marsh before heading home.