In pursuit of new adventures, you sometimes lose sight of the jewels in your own backyard.
Effie Yeaw Nature Center sits inside Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael, CA – a treasure embedded among 100 acres of oak woodland along the American River.
It was named for Effie Yeaw, a teacher, conservationist and environmental educator who led natural and cultural history walks in the area once known as Deterding Woods. The Deterding family has a long history in the area dating back to the 1800s. Their ranch in Carmichael called San Juan Meadows became Ancil Hoffman Park. Effie Yeaw worked with citizen groups to ensure that this magical place would be forever protected from urban encroachment as the surrounding area was built up.
Today, the American River Natural History Association and Effie Yeaw Nature Center work collaboratively to provide educational and interpretive programs and information about the natural environment. Children and adults come to tour, learn, and explore. But Mondays, only the trails are open, and in January, the skies are grey and threaten rain which makes it the perfect time to visit.
Hawks, owls, pond turtles and even rattlesnakes call this home along with a deer, rabbits, hare, squirrels and rare sightings of coyote (not seen by us!).
Egrets, quail, and a host of birds feed at the river, on the ample berry brambles and on bugs hidden in giant oaks. And wild turkeys…everywhere!
Getting a late start, we saw fewer birds than expected. A California Towhee,
an Egret happily fishing for lunch,
and acorn woodpeckers enjoying their snacks. How do they hang on at that angle?
But SO many deer!
feasting on the tender early spring grasses,
Rut season is in the fall, so this was more about a whos-who in rank.
Surprisingly, the middleweight conceded to the featherweight.
But before savoring the victory…
consider that it might just have been a case of nature’s call.
The American River Parkway has so much beauty to offer.
Effie Yeaw is one of its most precious gems.
17 thoughts on “Nature’s Call: Effie Yeaw”
What a treasure this is! The woodpecker photo…..I wondered how you were able to snap at such a strange angle. But it is the bird who is at that angle, not you! I was very impressed–and jealous! 😀
Love this! Tis true – a precious jewel amidst us…
Some great captures. I loved the “natures call” series.
What a beautiful capture of EYNC at this time of Year. It always amazes me of the folks who don’t even know that it is there. You touched Paul with your photos and essay; he put his heart and soul into managing that part of the Parkway. By the way, the woodpecker is an Acorn, not Red Headed. It is depicted in the logo of EYNC. Thanks as always for your stunning piece! xo Lynn
Caught that after posting. Thx! Refresh. 🙂 See you soon!!
WOW! Just WOW!!
Amazing photos, as always! A place to visit if/when we get back out that way.
Beautiful. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Lovely photos, Ogee.
Wonderful photos of a beautiful part of our country.
I have family living in this area. Guess what just landed on my “must see” list? Wow! So gorgeous! Thank you for the introduction!
When you do your “must see” you must stop by Homeward Bound and the Memorial Garden!!
What a beautiful part of the world you live in, so many creatures to observe and admire 🙂 Thank you for sharing them, your photos are just lovely.
Thank you! And Happy Birthday to Bundy who is completely entitled to being a tiny bit more demanding in his golden years! 🙂
Bundy thanks you with love and licks. I wouldn’t have him any other way 🙂
Oh, this place makes my heart sing! And that mossy tree – gorgeous in all its funky splendor 🙂