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I Remember

Oct. 2, 2009

I remember, the sun was setting and the sky was orange, red and pink. I was in a glen in Sagehen. The cool shade of the lodge pole pine swept over me. I closed my eyes and heard a willow tree sway in the breeze. A Stellers Jay scolded a squirrel for stealing its seeds. The Mountain Chickadee sang its sweet, enchanting song. My mind played it over and over like a broken record. I chewed the bitter taste of the willow leaf. The creek wound and tossed until it slowed into a small bitter pool. I dipped my hand into the cool refreshing water and a fish glided by and itand#8217;s smooth, sleek scales brushed my hand. I took a deep breath and the sweet smell of grass filled my nostrils. Five deer stepped into the glen and two fawns followed their mothers. The deer stood in the clearing and swiveled their ears, alert and listening for danger. Sensing none a doe took a big mouthful of grass. This in my opinion is truly stunning.

Sagehen Creek Field Station off of Highway 89 north of Truckee has been dedicated to research and teaching since 1951. The University of California operates the station under a long-term, special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Local schools regularly bring students for outdoor education classes. UC Berkeleyand#8217;s Lawrence Hall of Science offers a one-week summer science camp for high school students. The surrounding watershed is also available to researchers and classes through an agreement with the Forest Service. Sagehen serves as the hub of a much broader network of research areas known as the Central Sierra Field Research Stations, which is comprised of: Sagehen Creek Field Station, Central Sierra Snow Laboratory, Onion Creek Experimental Watershed, Chickering American River Reserve and North Fork Association Lands.

and#8212; Information from http://nrs.ucop.edu/Sagehen-Creek.htm

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