Eastern Regional National Forests have the following Fall Color updates:
Rocky Mt. Nature Photographer Net has a new fall color update for Buffalo Pass in Northwestern Colorado
Well, its happening on the Buffalo Pass road at about 8,500 ft. here in NW Colorado. This was yesterday afternoon and the mountain ash are very vibrant and a few stands of aspen have already fully turned to gold. Lower down its still very green but starting to turn. Ive been watching it every day and just the last few days it seems to have accelerated.
See photos at Photo Critique Forums.
Press Release Defenders of Wildlife
WASHINGTON – Five species of sharks and two manta ray species will officially be listed today, as a result of the 2013 Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora CITES. During the last 18 months, countries from all regions have been preparing diligently to enforce the listings.
Overall Conditions Above 8500ft Elevation Near Peak – (50 – 75% – Go now!)
We’ve really seen an explosion of color over the past week with many of the best views in the canyon rapidly progressing from patchy color to near peak color. The higher groves on the mountainsides are showing the most yellow and orange with the lower lying aspen along the road a mix of brilliant yellow and lime green. It’s impossible to know how long the color will stick around but we’re hopeful that we have a few more weeks of spectacular color to enjoy.
Overall Conditions 7000ft to 8500ft Elevation Patchy (10 – 50%)
The lower reaches of the canyon is showing a bit of color, patchy at best, but deep or lime green still dominates the landscape. It will be interesting to see if the lower lying aspen turn as quickly as the trees higher in the canyon. Either way, there is still a lot of color to come over the next few weeks if the weather holds out.
Near Peak (50 – 75% – Go Now!) – Weir Pond (9650ft)
Still some green along the road and stream but the hillside above the pond and many of the aspen along the far side of the pond are turning very fast. I’d wager that peak color will happen here sometime in the next week.
Near Peak (50 – 75% – Go Now!) – Parchers Camp (9260)
The color has really come on strong the past week with about half of the aspen and willow around the camp turned or turning.
Asheville NC Fall Foliage Color Leaf Report 2014 has September 18, 2014 update:
Leaves in the highest elevations are starting to turn and autumn weather has arrived.
After the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by Tomales Bay Oyster Company and a suite of West Marin restaurants for a preliminary injunction against the closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. They sought an injunction in a last desperate chance to help the Drakes Bay Oyster Company stay open. The federal judge not only denied the injunction but called the lawsuit frivolous. Maybe now the Coastal Wilderness area can go ahead without further legal obstacles.
Read the full story at: Injunction denied for Drakes Bay | The Point Reyes Light.
I Love New York has a new fall foliage report for New York for September 17 to 23.
Press Release Center for Biological Diversity
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A new report issued today by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state of Florida have failed to consider cumulative impacts of thousands of recently permitted docks, piers and boat ramps on manatees, slow-moving and gentle endangered marine mammals. Today’s report finds that the government’s fast-track authorization of watercraft-access projects without analyzing their collective impacts is likely a key factor in enabling the boat collisions that continue to be the leading killer of manatees, resulting in an average of 82 manatees every year.
Inyo National Forest has a new fall color report
Falls colors are starting to be seen early this year. This is due, in part, to the extended drought that adds an additional stress to deciduous trees. They enter winter dormancy early as survival mechanism.
Having said that, falls colors are just starting to show in many places on the forest; around 9, 000 feet in elevation to the north, and closer to 8,000 feet further south.
One of the best places to view fall colors at this time is in the Bishop Creek Drainage. South Lake and Sabrina Lake areas are showing about 1/3 of the aspen trees have turned. The Tyee Lake Trailhead area is particularly vibrant.
In the Mammoth Lakes area above 9,000 feet a little color is just beginning to emerge. The Lakes Basin is likely a few weeks away from turning.
Patches of color are appearing in the Rock Creek, Convict Lake, along the June Lake Loop, and Lundy Canyon areas.Cooler temperatures over the past few days may encourage more color change; however, a warming trend is in the forecast.
reblogged from Audublog Help us avoid a disaster for birds in the Klamath.
Lack of water in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge has resulted in dangerous overcrowding at nearby Tule Lake, where thousands of vulnerable birds have already died from disease. What makes this situation even worse is the fact that it is totally avoidable. Our reports tell us that there is water available for the refuges — we just have to put pressure on the Bureau of Reclamation to release it. That’s where you come in. Take a moment to send an email right now to the Secretary of the Interior demanding help for migratory birds. With enough voices, we can make this happen. Send your email today.
Superior National Forest has a new report for fall color:
Fall colors are about 5 – 10% of the trees, and very spotty. The overall impression is of a green forest, with occasional bright spots of color. Things are starting to progress faster now, and more color is visible everyday.
With sunny days and cool nights in the forecast, the march of fall colors should be picking up the pace very shortly. Reports from New England portend that the timing of this year’s colors may be normal to a tad late across the Appalachians.
Sourwood trees on the drier slopes are showing nice reds now. Witch-hobble leaves at the higher elevations are burgundy. A smattering of dogwood trees have begun the change. Blackgum trees will soon be blushing red. Fruits, such as the fuchsia seedpods of magnolia trees and oak acorns are now conspicuous.
By late September look for more color at the higher elevations as American beech and yellow birch trees transition to gold. Early changers at the lower elevations like sourwood, blackgum, dogwood, yellow buckeye, Virginia creeper, sumacs, and tuliptree should then be near peak. Parkwide, the peak of fall colors generally occurs between late October and early November.
The elk rut is now in full swing in both Cataloochee Valley and at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center area; and bears are busy gobbling acorns in Cades Cove.
The main fall leaf season is still more than a month away (mid to late October), but some early color is starting to develop on a few trees. Some dogwood trees have a reddish cast that will develop into brilliant reds later in October. Other species such as sourwood, red maple, witch hobble, sumac and blueberries are also beginning to sport a few red leaves, especially on trees and shrubs at higher elevation. Overall however, there’s not much fall color to see yet — just scattered trees here and there, and their colors are still just a hint of what they’ll become in a few more weeks. Fall flowers such as asters, Joe-Pye-weed, jewelweed, ironweed, and golden rod are blooming now. And the colorful fruits of hearts-a-bustin’ are splitting open.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the disappointing decision to go ahead with with a large solar project in the Mojave Desert
Despite environmental concerns, the California Energy Commission has given a preliminary green light to an Oakland company’s second big solar project in the California desert.
Read full story at Big solar plant in Mojave Desert gets state’s OK – SFGate
Great Smoky Mountains Association has a new wildflower report for September 15
Meigs Mountain From Jakes Creek Trail to Curry Mountain Trail – Golden Rod Erect, White Top Aster, White Snakeroot, Pink Turtlehead, Mountain Gentian really nice ones and Hearts-a-busting.
Curry Mountain B-E – Golden Rod Erect, Curtiss Milkwort, White Snakeroot, Great Lobelia, Dark Jewelweed, Wild Golden Glow and Red Clover.
WHAT IS COASTAL CLEANUP DAY?
Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2013, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and people come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways.
The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet! To learn more and find out where you can take part go to Coastal Cleanup Day
Midday isn’t the best time to bird the Jewel Lake area of Tilden Park but that’s when I went today. There was a fair amount of bird song and most id was by sound. Unfortunately there were many sounds beyond my knowledge to name. I did manage to comfortably identify 12 birds. Tilden Park -Jewel Lake Bird List 9/15/14 I didn’t include Wilson’s Warbler which flew by quickly so I didn’t get a clear look and I was not completely confident I heard a Nuttall’s Woodpecker but both of them have been seen in the area recently T
Field Crescent and Cabbage White Butterflies were flying about. A Dragonfly landed near on tall spiked leaves. A Crawfish and Pond Slider Turtles (an introduced species) crawled along the edge of drought shrunken Jewel Lake. Many of the Western Sword Ferns were showing attractive geometric patterns of sori on the bottom of their leaves. White Snowberries contrasted with dark woodland areas.
Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers has several new fall color updates for the Rocky Mt. region:
See older reports at Rocky Mt. Fall Color 9/12/14
Department of Biology | Appalachian State University has a new fall color report for North Carolina for 9/14/14
This week is the first in which I can report the leaves they are a’changing; at least at the highest elevations. As noted by Jesse Pope, in my post yesterday, there is visible leaf color now starting to show up at the highest elevations, around 5, 000’ and on down to around 4,000’. Below 4,000’, most trees are still predominantly green. As noted last week, burning bushes continue to redden ahead of schedule, and more red maples are showing splotches of color. What is unusual about most of these red maples, many of which are varieties of urban trees planted for their fall leaf color display, is the extremely dull red of the leaves so far. Generally, red maples end up a bright red color. Perhaps these dull red leaves will brighten up in the next few weeks, something I will keep an eye on.
Great Smoky Mountains Association reports on September 12
Witch Hobble, Sourwood, Dogwood, Red Maple and Blueberries on Sugarland Mountain.
Follow reports at Fall Leaf Color Updates | Great Smoky Mountains Association.
The Sacramento Bee reported on the efforts of the Northern Sierra Partnership to protect land from development and to protect open space and make it accessible to the public. In 2007, the Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Feather River Land Trust and the Sierra Business Council – joined together to form the Northern Sierra Partnership.
As a result of the recession they were able to buy land that was targeted for development and create a quasi-public park system. The partnership has been able to protect key areas such as watersheds, lakes and mountain meadows.
The LA Times reports on a new wildfire near Yosemite
Another fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park that started Sunday afternoon has swept to the edge of Bass Lake, burned at least 10 homes and forced more than 1,000 evacuations, authorities said.
Yankee Foliage reports that most of New England has started to turn and parts of Maine have even started to peak. Check their map at: New England Foliage Map – Yankee Foliage – Your Source for New England Fall Foliage.
Sunday, September 28th, 2014 – Noon to 3pm Marin Art & Garden Center 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957
The Hungry Owl Project is proud to present a unique and exciting festival celebrating birds of prey. It will be a fun and affordable, educational outdoor event for all the family in the beautiful grounds of the Marin Art & Garden Center.
There will be presentations on raptors by well known guest speakers, ongoing demonstrations with many species of live Owls and Hawks (including flight demonstrations), a Kids Corner with a full program throughout the event tailored just for kids, artists, photographers, other wildlife organizations, food and wine for sale by local vendors, and additional surprises.
Events always sell out so be sure to get your tickets now.
Adults: $45 ($45 after Sep 1) Kids: $10 (15 and under) Under 5: FREE (with adult)
For Registration and more information go to The Hungry Owl Project – TALONS: A Festival Celebrating Birds of Prey.
Press Release USGS
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Pacific walrus population roughly halved between 1981 and 1999, the last year for which demographic data are available. A recent study by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey quantifies this historic population decline. The 18 year decline identified by the study was not steady across that period. The decline was most severe in the mid-1980s, and then moderated in the 1990s.
The BBC has a slideshow of winning photographs from the Ecology Image Competition sponsored by the journal BMC Ecology. See photos at BBC News – Mouses midnight snack takes ecology photo prize.
Superior National Forest has a report for fall color including auroras:
Fall colors are about 5 – 10% of the trees, and very spotty. The overall impression is of a green forest, with occasional bright spots of color. Watch for a rarer display of fall color in the evening – auroras are predicted for the nights of the 12th and 13th.
Three brief posts from the Rocky Mt. Nature Photographers Fall Foliage Forum
The Nature Conservancy plans to expand its program of paying farmers to create pop-up wetlands for migrating birds. A large migration is expected in California’s Central Valley this fall. Due to the drought its is expected there will only be about 15 percent of the wetlands usually found in the Central Valley in Fall.
The Nature Conservancy Program asks farmers to make bids on what it would cost to have their rice fields flooded and than pays than create temporary habitat. It is much cheaper to “rent” the wetlands than to buy large tracts of land.