I walked out on the San Joaquin River bottom recently. It was an organized walk by the San Joaquin River Parkway Conservation and Trust.
This was a fantastic opportunity to see egrets and herons perched on the edges of ponds. I also got to see restoration work along the river including sticks being stuck in the ground. These sticks will grow into willow trees. Pretty neat.
I saw purple lupine, mule fat (what a great name), and California poppies. And, I got to walk next to these huge, majestic, 200-year-old sycamore trees. They are incredible trees, and they provide habitat for birds and animals.
I am really looking forward to the next Parkway Trust walk on the Madera side of the river. It will be on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at River West, Madera, and Sycamore Island, west of Valley Children's Hospital.
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If you can, come down and see the river, our river, that runs between Fresno and Madera.