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‘The heart of Santa Rosa’: Spring Lake Regional Park turns 50

in Environment

It was a perfect, warm, weekday afternoon, and a man named Jose sat on a bench at the edge of Spring Lake, resting and stretching his neck during an interlude in his daily walk.

A pair of towering redwoods to his right offered shade. Chirping birds provided ambience. Lush, green plant life all around radiated with a sense of well-being.

A gap in the trees along the shore, one of which arched gracefully so far over that its branches dipped in the water, created a window through which a kayak could be seen gliding across the still lake, against a backdrop of wooded hills.

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The menace of Lake Ralphine: Video appears to show non-native snapping turtle that can lop off toes with a single bite

in Animals

Urgent warning to all bullfrogs, bluegill, California slender salamanders, Western skinks, green sunfish and pond sliders currently living in Santa Rosa’s Howarth Park: An alligator snapping turtle may have moved into the neighborhood.

A Reddit user identified as CRSR707 posted a video Monday that he shot at Lake Ralphine while visiting the park. The longish tail, pointy nose and prehistoric armor plates on the creature gliding underwater were telltale signs.

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End of the line for Sonoma Creek salmon

in Animals

The Chinook salmon that have been making their run up the Sonoma Creek watershed are reaching the end of their life cycle. In a Sonoma Ecology Center video, you can catch a glimpse of changes their bodies undergo after navigating many miles of estuary and stream. Their tail fins are particularly damaged from beating repeatedly against rocks; By the end of their long trip, lesions begin to develop on the skin and mouth as the salmon begin to lose their health.


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