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UCCE and Mariposa County to Offer Pest Management Workshop

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MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will be presenting its annual 2022 Winter Integrated Pest Management workshop on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in Building A. See map below. Join us for this workshop if you are interested in learning about the California Department of ...

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Professors’ Discovery of Sick Birds Leads to New Research

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FRESNO STATE — The quarantines and remote work culture of the COVID-19 pandemic brought many back to nature. People spent more time in their backyards or in local parks, and this lifestyle shift led to a reported uptick in the purchase of bird feeders. While feeding birds and connecting to wildlife seems like a good thing, it can actually prove ...

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What is Agrimentalism? All New “Women in Ag” Tonight

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What is Agrimentalism? All New “Women in Ag” tonight at 7:30 p.m.         Catch a sneak peek of tonight’s season premiere (see below). Bridging the worlds of environmentalism and agriculture. Both are important and need each other‌! ‌Emmy Award Winning “American Grown: My Job Depends on Ag.” Tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Valley PBS. Not in California’s ...

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California Poison Control Offers Tips About Spider Bites

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — California Poison Control System (CPCS) suggests being on the lookout for spiders which are increasingly active when temperatures rise. With more people doing spring cleaning or starting to hike in the hills, the risk of bites is more likely. Spider bites can result in small puncture wounds, pain, redness, itching and swelling that can last a couple ...

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9 Simple Tips to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

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PETS & ANIMALS — Throughout the warmer months, many backyards play host to a variety of birds, including hummingbirds. It’s enchanting watching hummingbirds – named for the humming sound of their fast-flapping wings – as their tiny size and speed make them natural wonders. Hummingbirds can fly 25-30 miles per hour, flapping their wings an estimated 70 times per second. ...

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Sierra Foothill Conservancy Purchases Newly Protected Land

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OAKHURST — Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC) is thrilled to announce its latest acquisition – the 1,729-acre Wright Ranch conservation easement! Located in western Madera County along the Fresno River, the Wright Ranch’s immense conservation values includes working rangeland, annual grassland, oak woodland, chaparral, mixed conifer forest, cultural and historic resources, wildlife and habitat resources, open space, and scenic views – ...

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Mariposa County to Distribute Mosquito Fish

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MARIPOSA — Mariposa County Environmental Health is preparing for this year’s mosquito fish distribution. Mosquito fish, also known as Gambusia affinis, are an excellent and natural way to control mosquito larvae without having to resort to dangerous chemicals or insecticides. A large female mosquito fish is capable of devouring hundreds of mosquito larvae in a single day. The team will be ...

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UCCE to Offer Rangeland And Livestock Management Training

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The University of California, Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Livestock & Natural Resources advisor for Mariposa & Merced Counties, Fadzayi Mashiri, in collaboration with three colleagues, is hosting a 2-day training course for ranchers and land managers. The training will be held on May 5 and 6, 2022, in the UCCE Merced office classroom on 2145 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced, ...

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Local Organizations Donate to EMCSPCA

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OAKHURST — As the long-awaited Eastern Madera County SPCA animal shelter slides ever closer to opening its doors to furry residents, three local entities recently dedicated sizeable donations to further the vision. Eastern Madera County Bar Association The Eastern Madera County Bar Association, established approximately 30 years ago, recently decided to disband due to dwindling membership and the difficulty of ...

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Whiskey Creek Band to Play Benefit Concert for the EMCSPCA

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About 10 months ago a dream was born. Robin Ralston, music presenter and host of the Coolwater Concerts house concert series in Ahwahnee since 2007, mentioned she’d like to do something to support the completion of the Eastern Madera County SPCA animal shelter. She asked musician Bob Kaspar if he’d consider doing a benefit concert. Despite some misgivings, he agreed. ...

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