One of my favorite things about living in the Sacramento area is being so close to the river. There are some beautiful trails to walk, and you can see birds, deer, and squirrels year-round. Even so, my 4th of July weekend was notably full of wildlife this year. In addition to the wildlife I usually see, I got to see a family of river otters on the South Mokelumne River, plus two coyote and four beaver on the American River. Then I saw, up close and personal, eight baby opossum on my doorstep.