Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 1, 2014

New York Fall Color 10/1/14

Fall Foliage in New York | Autumn Leaves, Scenic Drives has a new fall Color report for the first week of October

Albany, N.Y. – The progression of fall colors took a dramatic leap forward across most of New York State over the past week with spectacular peak and near-peak colors expected this weekend in various areas of the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, as well as the northwest portion of the Capital-Saratoga region, according to spotters for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Many of I LOVE NEW YORK’s foliage spotters are reporting that this year’s colors are among the most impressive seen in recent years and that the transition is proceeding rapidly.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 1, 2014

Rocky Mt. Fall Color Updated 10/1/14

Rocky Mt. Nature Photographers have the following updates on fall foliage and snow in the mountains.

10/1 General observation over 10 days fall travel.
Seems the west sides of major mountain ranges are slow to change this year.  Kebler West, McClure West, Owl Creek Pass, so on.   Could be wetter on those sides when storms go through?   I am sure there are holes in that theory.
McClure Pass west side looking south toward Chair Mountainis the most yellow aside from the summit I could afind.  Trees that are yellow shedding leaves; lots of green.
Others -
Mt Sopris – Lots of yellow, may be past peak.
Marble – Looks to be nice, probably heading toward past peak.
Owl Creek Pass (near Ridgway) Lots of green but definitely some yellow stands.  It was nice heading up to Katies Meadow, though the meadow is green with only touches of yellow. See photo at http://www.naturephotographers.net/imagecritique/bbs.cgi?a=vm&mr=77350

9/30 Ridgway update. Best bang for the buck is the end of CR7. The aspen on the left from the big curve shot are good, with color back near the wood fence too. CR 5 is a mixed bag, but the big patch to the east side of the Sneffels range is getting there. CR9 is pretty green yet, just spotty color here and there.

9/29 Gothic Mt and all peaks in the area are snow covered. Local Forest Service employee said they are expecting significant snow overnight on Ohio Pass.
still a lot of good color with a spectacular grove of all red in East River Valley on far side of the river about half way to Gothic.

9/29 Star-Taylor-Greg Mace peaks basin all a winter wonderland; but from the Cathedral trailhead on back its gray stands and what is left is barely hanging on.  Good trees on Castle Creek up to midway this afternoon; lets see if the temp drops into a freeze. Independence Pass had 3″ snow.

9/29  has been nothing but rain in Aspen today; the snow level is easily visible on the slopes from downtown. I hear from others that about everything above 10K is getting snow, including Kebler and Ohio (hat tip- DB).

9/29 The San Juans are definitely white. I am in Ridgway right now. I can’t see the peaks right now, it has been raining pretty good but I could see them when I was in Montrose earlier. From what I could see of the color earlier it looks like the top third of the aspen are good with green on the bottom two thirds.

Snow Event evening of 9/28-9/29  Maroon Bells and other Colorado Peaks got a good layer of snow last night. While Maroon Bells is past peak as evidenced by the central gray stands, it is good to see the white peaks. I understand second-hand that the San Juans are also white, with more snow in the forecast.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 1, 2014

Two Berkeley Native Plant Sales 10/4/14 and 10/5/14 -Updated

Updated with links to plant lists

Native Plant Sale at Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park in Berkeley, CA 10/4/14

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For more information and plant list go to Friends of the Regional Park Botanic Garden, Tilden Park, Berkeley.

East Bay Chapter of California Native Plant Society Sale October 4 and 5

in Tilden Park in Berkeley, CA

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For more information and plant list go to Native Here Nursery | Your resource for plants that grow naturally in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties..

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 1, 2014

North Carolina Fall Color September 28, 2014

Fall Color Report for Week of September 28, 2014 | Department of Biology | Appalachian State University. has a new detailed fall color report for North Carolina

Leaf Color Report

Leaf color is breaking out all over the High Country this week.  I drove up into Ashe County (see my photo album that I posted yesterday) and there was abundant color scattered throughout the hills.  However, it’s just starting, so we’re not near the peak yet, but it is on its way.  And if I was to guess right today, I’d say the peak might come 3-4 days earlier than usual, which would put the peak around October 8-12, rather than the 12-14th But I won’t know for sure until next weekend (weather is a big factor here!).

On a few hillsides in Ashe County, particularly west of West Jefferson and over toward Todd, some forests were at reaching 40% in color, but most are still around 10-20% turned color.  Although a large portion of the forests were coloring up, the intensity of the colors has not reached its maximum yet.  So, the dominant color is still green, but now individual trees with good reds and yellows are popping up all over the landscape, at least from 3,300’ and up in elevation.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 1, 2014

Edgewood Park October Wildflowers

Friends of Edgewood Park have updated its website to show what plants are typically blooming in October. There are 73  photos of plants you might see. Explore plant locations, plant species, which plant blooms when, and answers to a host of other questions at  What’s Blooming This Month »       Friends of Edgewood.

 

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2014

Hope Valley Fall Color 9/27/14

Calphoto had the following post for Hope Valley

Hope Valley last weekend (9/27) and the color was just getting started.  The trees around Sorensen’s had the most color, and even that was not much.  The famous cabin area was still pretty green.  They had snow up there on Saturday morning.  There was some color below Caples lake on 88 as well.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2014

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 9/30/14

Coconino National Forest reports on 9/30/14

In the high country, yellow aspen leaves are starting to peek through the green! Within the next couple weeks we’ll see peak colors, but this phase is sometimes just as special with the full spectrum of color – from brilliant greens to bold yellow, and maybe even a spot or two of red and orange.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2014

Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Mono County 9/30/14

California Fall Color has the following new report for Mono County

Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin is glowing with color right now with brilliant red, orange, yellow and lime.  Lara Kaylor of Mammoth Lakes Tourism says the color is showing nicely at the highest elevations and still developing below 8,000′.  Warm days and cold nights are sugaring up the trees and creating intense color conditions.

GO NOW! Near Peak 50 – 75% Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Basin

Patchy 10 – 50% – Laurel Canyon – Very little color showing at base, though about a fourth of trees have turned at the top of the canyon.

Patchy 10 – 50% – Convict Lake – Convict has lots of yellow just appearing around the lake; Convict Canyon has a way to go.

GO NOW! Near Peak 50 – 75% – McGee Creek Canyon – Gorgeous color above 8,500′

Patchy 10 – 50% – Crowley Lake – Very little color is showing, as yet

.Patchy 10 – 50% Tioga Pass – Give it another week to two.

Patchy 10 – 50% Lundy Lake – On the lower end of the scale.

GO NOW! Near Peak 50 – 75% – Lundy Canyon Trail – Beautiful yellow, orange and red aspen can be seen at higher elevations.

See photos and older reports at  California Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2014

North Carolina Fall Color Leaf Report 9/30/14

Romantic Asheville  has a fall color report for September 30, 2014

 The leaves are changing just a little early this year with progressing color in the highest elevations, especially in the Rough Ridge area near Grandfather Mountain and Mt. Mitchell see pics. Best color is on the Parkway north of Linville Falls

See photo links at  Asheville NC Fall Foliage Color Leaf Report 2014.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2014

Superior National Forest Fall Color Report 9/30/14

 Superior National Forest has a new fall color report for 9/30/14

Many feel that last weekend with its bright sun and perfect temperature was the peak of the fall color season, but it all depends on what you like.  There are still plenty of fall leaves, and this entire week promises you a beautiful autumn experience, though there will be some rain mixed in.  Color is about 90-100% of peak right now.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2014

October 2014 CNPS Field Trips

Northern California Native Plant Society Chapter October Field Trips:

Go to individual chapters for late postings, trip information and other programs

If you are interested in information on other chapters go to: http://www.cnps.org/cnps/chapters/

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2014

San Juan Nat. Forest Fall Color 9/29/14

 San Juan National Forest has a new fall foliage report for date: 9/29/14

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango/Purgatory – 50% aspens, 70% oakbrush on Missionary
Molas Pass – 90%
Silverton/Red Mountain Pass – 90% to past peak aspens
Pagosa –10% aspens high, 30% cottonwoods along river 
Dolores/Rico – 40% 
Mancos – 30%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Coal Bank to Molas Pass.  Lake City.
Cold weather may change things more quickly early this week.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
High country this week should be getting good.  10-12,000 feet

The slightly lower areas should be next week.  Pagosa still to change.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Watch for wash outs on dirt roads.
Lake City. Ouray. Coalbank to Molas Pass.  Gold Run to Sharkstooth.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Aspens, some areas of oakbrush.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2014

Colorado Fall Color 9/29/14

Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers have two new fall color reports

Snow Event evening of 9/28-9/29 Maroon Bells and other Colorado Peaks got a good layer of snow last night. While Maroon Bells is past peak as evidenced by the central gray stands, it is good to see the white peaks. I understand second-hand that the San Juans are also white, with more snow in the forecast.

Ohio Pass in the 75% range of turned color. Horse Ranch Park may now be inching up toward 30 % change. Report as of 9-28.

See photos and more reports at Photo Critique Forums.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2014

Mt. Lassen to Mammoth Lakes Fall Color Report 9/28/14

Photographer Greg Vaughn’s Wanders and Wonders blog has a fall color report Mt. Lassen to Mammoth Lakes, CA

For the past couple of days, I’ve been traveling south from north central California to the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, with an eye out for fall color. Starting from Mount Shasta, I drove southeast on California Hwy 89, through Lassen Volcanic National Park, down to Lake Tahoe and then continuing over Monitor Pass to the eastern Sierras. I continued south on US Hwy 395, arriving at Mammoth Lakes this afternoon.

While I have seen a bit of fall color, there hasn’t been much that compelled me to stop for photographs of golden leaves. It’s still a little bit early, but there are signs that the good stuff is coming soon.

See rest of report and photo of Conway summit at Fall Color Report – Mt. Lassen to Mammoth Lakes, California » Wanders & Wonders | Wanders & Wonders.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2014

NC Fall Foliage Color Leaf Report 9/28/14

Asheville NC Fall Foliage Color Leaf Report 2014 reported on September 28, 2014

The leaves are changing just a little early this year with some spotty color in the highest elevations, especially in the Rough Ridge area near Grandfather Mountain see pics. Best color is on the Parkway north of Linville Falls.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2014

Controversial Desert Solar Project Dropped

Audublog reports

The backers of a controversial solar energy plant in the desert near Joshua Tree suddenly pulled their application for the project late last week, surprising Audubon California and other environmental groups that were still gathering their forces to oppose the dangerous technology the developers sought to use.

Read full story at Controversial desert solar project dropped.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2014

October 2014 Bay Area Birding Field Trips

October Bay Area Birding Field Trips with Audubon and Others

click on trip for more information

Wednesday, October 1• City of Sunnyvale Landfill
• Spring Lake Park  
• Orinda Connector Trail
Thursday, October 2• Las Gallinas Storage Ponds
• MDAS-GENERAL MEETING
Friday, October 3• New Brighton State Beach
Saturday, October 4• MDAS-HAWK HILL
• Point Reyes National Shore
• Oka Ponds 
• MDAS-ANNUAL RICH STALLCUP BIRDATHON
Sunday, October 5• MDAS-ANNUAL RICH STALLCUP BIRDATHON
• Hawk Hill
• Point Reyes National Seashore 
• San Francisco Botanical Garden  

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2014

Wyoming Wolf Protection Restored

The New York Times reported

A federal judge restored Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Wyoming on Tuesday, ruling that the federal Fish and Wildlife Service accepted a state commitment to maintain the wolf population without requiring adequate safeguards.

Read full story  Protection for Wolves Is Restored in Wyoming – NYTimes.com.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2014

Conservation Scientific Research Isn’t Cheap Or Readily Available

An important part of making good conservation decisions is having access to accurate research. Conservation Magazine recently reported that only 4.88 percent of papers in journals important to conservation research that meet the criteria for “open access,”. Open access which means the content can be reused if attribution is given. They report that it would cost $51,000,000 for conservationists to have full access to all the science and research they need to do thorough work. They found

 Individual papers cost more than $30, and subscriptions to each of the journals in the study would cost more than $26,000 per year for small institutions.

Read more about this on this problem at  Most conservation science not available to conservationists – Conservation.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2014

Birding & Photos Eastshore State Park

Forster’s Terns diving and fishing were the highlight of today’s walk along the Berkeley section of the Bay Trail. We went between Gilman and University including Berkeley Meadow and Virginia Street Extension. We started right after high tide and had hoped to see shorebirds. The numbers were low but the walk was enjoyable. I always enjoy photographing Mallards as when the light catches them just right they glow.  22 Species were identified. One bird in the willows in Berkeley Meadow had wing bars and a slightly peaked head but was not at all sure about what it was.
Maybe a flycatcher?  
The only butterfly with a definite ID was the always present Cabbage White. Anise Swallowtails were likely. Flowers in bloom included Gumplant, Coyote Bush, Lizardtail, Goldenrod and Zauschneria or California Fuchsia.
Eastshore State Park Bird List 9/27/14

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2014

New England Fall Foliage Update 9/27/14

Yankee Foliage reports that northern Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are now considered have moderate fall color with peak color starting in the northern most part of Vermont. See map with photo links at New England Foliage Map – Yankee Foliage

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2014

Oregon & Washington Nature Photo Guides Now eBooks

Greg Vaughn’s award-winning nature photography books for Oregon and Washington are now available as eBooks. For more information and ordering go to

Photographing Oregon and Photographing Washington travel guidebooks for nature, scenic and landscape photographers.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

Chattahoochee-Oconee Fall Color 9/26/14

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest reports

September 29, 2014 ( I think the date is a typo by the forest service)

The weather over the last week sure has felt like fall is in the air. Seasonally mild weather is forecast for the next week or so. The fall color will gradually develop during this time due to the decreasing amount of daylight and the aging of the leaves.

Looks like some red maples are starting to change. Take this as the second hint of fall color showing itself on the top of our highest mountains. Lucky for us, webcams on our highest mountain, Brasstown Bald, are available for everyone to see exactly when fall color begins. Given that October is almost here, we could be seeing some great, widespread color in a couple of weeks. Watch the weather forecasts for north Georgia. Look for nightime low temperature between 35 and 45 with mostly sunny, mild days. The fall color in the mountains will develop about 3 to 5 days after that first good cold snap.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

Southern Utah Fall Color 9/26/14

Fall Color Report | Scenic Southern Utah has the following fall color updates;

High Elevation – Alpine Brian Head, Cedar Breaks and Panguitch Lake
Percent of Change:PEAK
Color Report:Leaf peepers are reporting that as the weather has continued to cool and with rain in the forecast on Saturday the majority of the leaves in the high elevation will most likely not survive the weekend. There are still a few nice patches of color and we will be sure to get an updated look at these areas next week after the storm. Please be sure to check back for further updates.

Mid Elevation – Sub-Alpine Parowan Canyon and Cedar Canyon Area
Percent of Change:MODERATE
Color Report:Leaf watchers are reporting that the leaves in the mid elevation are changing in the Woods Ranch area, several of the aspen groves have turned vibrant yellow and as the weather continues to cool and with a storm forecasted this weekend more colors will continue to appear in the mid elevation. Please check back for regular updates.*Caution* Please be mindful of livestock that may be on the roadway, they are currently migrating to winter grazing areas.Parowan Library
Low Elevation – High Valley Cedar City and Kolob Canyons Area
Percent of Change:LOW
Color Report:Reports are predicting that the leave in the low elevations will start changing mid to late October. However please check back in for regular updates.

See photos atFall Color Report | Scenic Southern Utah.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

San Juan National Forest Fall Color 9/26/14

San Juan National Forest has the following fall color updates

Date: 9/26/14

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango/Purgatory – 15% aspens, 50% oakbrush on Missionary
Molas Pass – 70%
Silverton/Red Mountain Pass – 95% aspens
Pagosa –10% aspens high, 30% cottonwoods along river 
Dolores/Rico – 30% 
Mancos – 20%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Silverton area early this weekend before it’s done.
Cold weather may change things more quickly early next week.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
High country this week should be getting good.  10-12,000 feet

The slightly lower areas should be next week.  Pagosa still to change.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
4WD in Silverton and the alpine loop. Lake City to Creede. Ouray.
Coalbank to Molas Pass.  Gold Run to Sharkstooth.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Aspens, some areas of oakbrush.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

Eastern Sierra Fall Color 9/26/14

California Fall Color has the following fall color update for the Eastern Sierra today

The quaking aspen are further along than last year and turning faster.  We noticed that the appearance of color was about what it was last year, but that the progression of color has been much faster.  That is, areas are appearing to change about as they did this time last year, but once they get to Patchy, the progression through Near Peak to Peak is rapid.

That means, you have to be ready to go when we’re reporting Patchy color and certainly, once we report Near Peak, as our reports can be received a day or two after the photograph was taken.  California Fall Color always shows date-marked photographs, so you know what’s happening now.  We rarely will publish a photo older than a week and then only when it is clearly marked as to the date it was taken.

the color “isn’t as uniform as 2013; there are still patches of green above 9000 feet mixed in with the russets and golds.” He notes that cottonwoods and willows seem to be progressing the same rate as last autumn.

See older photo and older reports at California Fall Color 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

Colorado Fall Color 9/26/14

Rocky Mt. Nature Photographers has a new report today for Colorado fall color

Ohio Pass and it is ~60% turned with a lot of leaves already fallen.  The East side of Kebler Pass is ~90% while the west side is ~10-20%.  Drove Cimeron to Ridgeway.  Pretty interesting drive.  Parts are ~20 while others 40%.  One curve is all green and the next is vibrant with colors close to 70% along the road.  Owl Creek pass is maybe 10-20%.  Vista Point is 5%.  Red mountain is at peak with a lot of colors.   Dallas Divide has a view aspens turned but I would call it mainly green.   Even the scrub oak is green.  Drove down last dollar to the first ranch and through the tree’s maybe 60% but all green towards Mt Sneffels.  Some folks from Cali said Telluride is close to being like Red Mountain as far as colors but maybe 80%.

See older reports and photos at:Photo Critique Forums.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color 9/26/14

Great Smoky Mountains Association has new fall color report for September 26

 Ploddingly, grudgingly, fall colors are starting to change in the Great Smoky Mountains. Though the pace of change has quickened, the advance of leaf colors is later than average. This means we likely have four to five more weeks to enjoy the transition before leaf colors peak and trees begin dropping leaves.

At the very highest elevations, leaves are progressing more rapidly after a light frost earlier this week. Still, only about 20%-30% of deciduous leaves have changed thus far.

Lower down, several species of trees have started to brighten. Sycamore, sassafras, witch hazel, walnut, tuliptree, black gum, sourwood, Virginia creeper, sumacs, and buckeye are all showing color. Migrating birds are flocking to the dogwoods’ red berries. Fall wildflowers are also conspicuous, including jewelweed, asters, goldenrod, and white snakeroot.

Good places for a drive include Clingmans Dome Road and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a great time to hike Mt. Le Conte! Upper Deep Creek Trail is also gorgeous this time of year.

The peak of fall colors at the higher elevations is likely a week or so away. At the lower and mid elevations, colors are trending toward a very late October or early November peak.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

North Carolina Fall Color 9/25/14

Asheville NC Fall Foliage Color Leaf Report 2014 reports on September 25:

The leaves are changing a little early this year with some spotty color in the highest elevations, especially in the Rough Ridge area near Grandfather Mountain.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2014

UC Botanical Garden Fall 2014 Plant Sale

UC- Berkeley Botanical Garden Fall 2014 Plant Sale   Sunday, September 28

 

Members’ Sale and Silent Auction  9 am – 10:30 am

Public Sale  10:30 am – 3 pm

Our much-anticipated Fall Plant Sale is nearly upon us! We specialize in regionally-appropriate, Mediterranean climate plants including California natives, and plants from South Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean region, and South America. We also have the exotic and unusual. Our wide variety of plant offerings will appeal to everyone.

The Garden will close at 3 pm on the day of the sale.   DOWNLOAD SURVIVAL GUIDE >

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