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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2014

Henry Coe Wildflower Report 4/23/14

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom update today at the Pine Ridge Association website. To see what is in bloom including photos of flowers in bloom go to: Henry W. Coe – Wildflower Guide.


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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2014

Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Report 4/20/14

Pacific Northwest Wildflower Bloom Reports has a detailed report of wildflowers and other animals for Sevenmile Hill in the Columbia River Gorge at: Current Wildflower Bloom on Sevenmile Hill (via USFS Right of Way from Sevenmile Road)……April 20, 2014

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2014

Washington State Wildflower Reports 4/22/14

Washington Trails Association has a number of trip reports that mention wildflower bloom. Here are some highlights from the last few days.

Skagit Wildlife Area — Apr 22, 2014 — Puget Sound and Islands — North Sound
Twinberry, salmonberry, currant, and elderberry in bloom.
Black Canyon — Apr 20, 2014  Eastern Washington — Yakima
So I was up by 5am, and on the road by 5:40am. At the trailhead…just before 9am. I wasn’t sure the Jetta could make it to the TH. Some years the last bits of the road can be tricky. Well I managed to get there. It wasn’t too bad. I parked just shy of the upper trailhead because I planned to do a loop trip this time. My plan was to hike up Black Canyon and then come out via the ridge (old road) between Goodwin and Spud Canyons.
I was moving up the trail by 9am. A few bits of color early on. Balsamroot, ball headed waterleaf, black desert parsley. There always seems to be a “dry” stretch for flowers on this trail. They are there at the start…then a long pause before they show up again around the site of the old homestead. This time was no different.. After the old homestead, the old favorite flowers started to make and appearance…bluebells, buttercups, etc. No yellow bells though…none the entire trip. I’m guessing I’m a bit too late to catch these early bloomers.
I continued up the road and followed my usual route up to Umtanum Ridge. Along the way, more flowers…grass widows, spring beauty…
Flowers are going strong but give it another week or so. The lupine and balsamroot are just getting started.
Snow Mountain Ranch — Apr 20, 2014  Eastern Washington — Yakima
I was doing a survey for the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s trail committee. The wildflowers above the riparian areas are very nice. . The fields of balsamroot along the road are spectacular, though on closer inspection they are getting a little past. The wildflowers are out in abundance over here, and with the warm days, it’s a wonderful time to be in the shrub-steppe.
See many more hike reports at: Washington Trails Association.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2014

Second Annual Festival of Feathers 4/26/14

Second Annual Festival of Feathers

Saturday, Apr 26 11:00a to 4:00p  The Bird Rescue Center Santa Rosa, CA

The Bird Rescue Center presents its second annual Festival of Feathers open house event in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday April 26, 11 AM-4PM. The event is free and open to the public. Guests will be wowed by opportunities for up close encounters with the center’s majestic 22 resident birds of prey which include several species of owls, falcons and hawks. Kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities. Appetizers, snacks and desserts and wines representing Sonoma County’s finest will be available. A silent auction with fantastic items offered by local artists and business will be offered. Carpooling is recommended.

The Bird Rescue Center is a wild bird rehabilitation center. The mission of the Bird Rescue Center is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned, injured or ill wild birds, and to educate the public regarding the ecological importance and natural history of these birds.Our purpose is to assist the public in the rescue of injured, orphaned or ill birds. We are licensed by State and Federal Fish and Wildlife agencies to treat and release these birds back into the wild. The Bird Rescue Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We provide service throughout the North San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about the Bird Rescue Center, our programs or to learn about upcoming news and events, sponsorship or to become a member and receive our eNewsletter visit http://www.birdrescuecenter.org.

The Bird Rescue Center is located at 3430 Chanate Road in Santa Rosa, just east of Sutter Hospital.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Yosemite Dogwoods; Merced Canyon Poppies 4/22/14

Michael Frye  reported on his blog that the Dogwoods are near peak in Yosemite Valley and that there are still some nice poppy displays in the eastern end of the Merced River Canyon, near El Portal. Read his full post and see photo at:  In the Moment: Michael Frye’s Landscape Photography Blog – In the Moment: Michael Frye’s Landscape Photography Blog.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Joshua Tree Wildflowers 4/21/14

See a detailed wildflower article with photos on Joshua Tree on the SoCal Wanderer at:  Still Plenty of Wildflowers to See in Joshua Tree | Wildflowers | SoCal Wanderer | KCET.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Blue-footed Boobies’ Survival Threatened

From News Center at Wake Forest University

Blue-footed boobies are on the decline in the Galápagos.

A new study appearing in the journal “Avian Conservation and Ecology” indicates numbers of the iconic birds, known for their bright blue feet and propensity to burst into dance to attract mates, have fallen more than 50 percent in less than 20 years.

The drastic drop in population is probably due to an unexplained disappearance of sardines from the boobies’ diet, said Dave Anderson, a professor of biology and the study’s principal investigator. This in turn has adult boobies electing not to breed.  Without breeding, old birds die and are not replaced by new young adults and the population shrinks.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Texas Wildflower Reports 4/22/14

WildflowerHaven has a number of new wildflower reports today:

Austin and South Central Area:

Earth Day 2014 – Bluebonnet Rainbow

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area – Austin and South Central Texas

Ennis Area

Prairie Hill – Hills of Bluebonnets – Ennis and DFW

Brenham Area

trip to La Grange area 4/18-4/19 – Brenham Area

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Western U.S. Wildflower Reports 4/22/14

Desert Wildflower Reports – DesertUSA has numerous updates today for the western U.S. Click links below for reports and photos:

Desert Wildflower Reports for Southern California by DesertUSA

Desert Wildflower reports for Phoenix and Northern Arizona Area – DesertUSA

Desert Wildflowers Reports for Nevada and Utah – DesertUSA

Desert wildflowers in New Mexico – DesertUSA

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Texas Bluebonnet Observations – Easter Weekend, 2014

Rob Greebon Photography has a summary of his bluebonnet observations over the last few weeks:

I’ve tried to keep my facebook page updated as I travel around looking for wildflowers. I’ve driven over 500 miles in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the Texas Hill Country is virtually barren of bluebonnets this spring. What started as a promising season with rains last fall faded as we did not get much rain at all from January through April. The best places I’ve found have been southeast of Austin – in the areas of New Berlin, La Vernia, Stockdale, Yoakum, Shiner, and Luling.

These past few weeks, I did find the best bluebonnets of the season actually fairly close to Austin. Muleshoe Bend and Turkey Bend are both LCRA parks and offer fields of bluebonnets. The downside to these places are they are open to the public. Unfortunately, not all folks respect the bluebonnets and others that may want to enjoy them later. Large tire tracks ran through and across some amazing fields of blue. I really don’t understand how people like that think.

See photos at:  Rob Greebon Photography | Bluebonnet Update – Easter Weekend, 2014.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains Wildflower Report 4/21/14

Great Smoky Mountains Association wildflower bloom report on April 21  for Abrams Falls (From Cades Cove to falls)

Halberd Leaf Violet, Star Chickweed, Bleeding Heart, Daisy Fleabane and Sweet Shrub. Many blooms: Common Blue Violet, Catesby Trillium,  Common Cinquefoil, Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe and Gay Wings

Few blooms:  Golden Ragwort, Halberd Leaf Violet, Prostate Bluets, Little Brown Jugs,  Wood Anemone, Lousewort,  Solomon’s Seal, Long Spurred Violet, Crested Dwarf Iris, Birdfoot Violet (2) and Carolina Vetch.

Note:  The Gay Wings and Common Cinquefoil between the horseshoe and falls are at peak bloom and the display is tremendous.

See older reports at:  Wildflower Updates | Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2014

Climate Change Winners & Losers

The Star Tribune has an article on a report that looks at some of the effects climate change is likely to have on different species in the southwest. Some will gain habitat while many will lose. Pinyon Jays will lose  31 of their breeding range and  the migrating Williamson’s Sapsucker and the Sage Thrasher could lose as much as 80 percent by the end of the century. by the end of the century. Most reptiles studied with one exception the desert tortoise will also lose habitat.

Read more at:  Report: Southwest bird and reptile species to shift as climate gets hotter, drier | Star Tribune.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2014

Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes Wildflower Update 4/21/14

has posted a Chimney Rock at Pt. Reyes Wildflower report on 4/21/14

they are at peak right now. Included, near the end of the trail, are pussy ears (many), mule ears, Indian paintbrush, blue-eyed grass, mallow, blue larkspur, and Douglas iris. It’s windy but it’s worth it. Oh, and did I mention the seals, sea lions and elephant seals? Hundreds of them, lounging on the beach with a backdrop of the most gorgeous ocean scenery in the world. Hyperbole? I think not. Go see for yourself.

See photo at: Best Wildflowers on the Pacific Coast I Enlightened World I Enlightened Life.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2014

Spicewood, TX – Top Bluebonnets – updated 4/20/14

Bluebonnet Love reports on what it considers the top bluebonnet hotspot for 2014. See videos at 2014 Field of Dreams | Spicewood Bluebonnet Alert! | Texas Bluebonnet Sightings.

We are declaring this Texas Bluebonnet field at the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area the 2014 Texas Bluebonnet Field of Dreams. There is no one photo or video that can capture this bluebonnet field. It is a “take the kids out of school” kind of Texas Bluebonnet field.

The Texas Bluebonnets line the shoreline of Lake Travis for a least a mile in one, HUGE, thick blanket. And the cool thing? There are dirt roads that have been there way before the bluebonnets and y’all can actually drive on the road amongst the bluebonnets. We have never seen anything like this before — and we’ve seen a lot of bluebonnet fields.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2014

Marin Wildflower Updates 4/20/14

 CNPS Marin found much in bloom on the lower slopes of Mt. Burdell. See photos at Recent Wildflower Reports.

John Wall reported a very good Iris bloom on Mt. Tam this year. See photo at his post Mt. Tam Blog: Cataract Creek .


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2014

Brenham Texas Wildflowers & Bluebonnets 4/21/14

Wildflower Watching in Brenham Texas  reports for April 21, 2014 Ssome sightings from this weekend…

> West of Old Baylor Park in Independence looks really nice.

> Old Independence Rd just south of FM 390 has a great field of flowers.

> Between Seeker Rd & Mockinbird Lane is a nice field.

> FM 2193 and Flewellen Rd has nice bluebonnets.

> Wiedeville Church Rd just east of FM 50 has a large field of bluebonnets.

> Hwy 290 West is colorful.

> FM 2679 is beautiful.

> Chappell Hill Estates, north of Downtown Chappell Hill off of FM 1155, is really pretty with lots of paintbrush and bluebonnets.

> Hwy 290 East, on the westbound side of the highway just before FM 1488 exit, there is a huge field of bluebonnets. Look for Liendo Pkwy exit.

Follow reports at:  Wildflower Watching in Brenham Texas | Texas Wildflowers and Bluebonnets.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2014

Great Smoky Mtns. Wildflower Update 4/18/14

Great Smoky Mountains Association has plant list for April 18 for  Little River from Trailhead to Huskey Gap Trail

Bishop Caps

Blue Cohosh

Brook Lettuce

Canadian Violet

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2014

Oregon Wildflower Updates 4/19/14

Oregon Wildflowers  has three  new reports:

The Dalles Ranch 4/19/14:

The Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) is at its peak, not only at The Dalles Mountain Ranch but along the road and throughout Columbia Hills State Park. The hills are covered with swaths of yellow!

The Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianii) is blooming along the road, but has not really kicked in within the State Park boundaries.

Also blooming are: Yakima Milk-vetch (Astragalus reventiformis), Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus), Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi), Slender-Fruited Desert Parsley (Lomatium leptocarpum), Bare-stem Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule), Prairie Star (Lithophragma sp.).

Blooming at higher elevatons toward Stacker Butte are: Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Hood’s Phlox (Phlox hoodii), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), and Lance-leaf Spring Beauty (Claytonia lanceolata).

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2014

Owens Lake Spring Big Day April 25

The 2014 Owens Lake Spring Big Day will be Wednesday, April 23rd. We are looking for birders with at least some experience to help out in this intense bird census of Owens Lake. Contact Mike Prather to sign up. Small groups of citizen scientists will join with LADWP staff to spread across the lake and count EVERY BIRD WE FIND. Last April we had 115,000 birds! Owens Lake is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) with tremendous importance. It hosts tens of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl and is the largest nesting location for Snowy Plovers in California. Our data collected on Big Days is used by LADWP, State Lands, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, and Audubon in the management and planning at Owens Lake. Your commitment to Owens Lake in real terms is invaluable.

Meet at 7:00 AM at the Diaz Lake parking lot (three miles south of Lone Pine on Highway 395). We will have a brief introduction and then get out on the lake in small groups. Car pooling is helpful, although not required. Roads are unpaved, but good. Bring a safety vest if you have one. We will provide them as well.

Dress in layers. Bring water, snacks, lunch, hat, sunscreen, dark glasses. Also bring – camera, bird book, pencils/pens, binocs and a scope if you have one.

Here are two links that might be helpful:

Good local weather site: http://www.easternsierraforecast.com/index.html
Owens Lake Dust Cam: http://www.gbuapcd.org/dustcam.htm
For more information and to sign up, contact Mike Prather at 760-876-5807 or mprather@lonepinetv.com. Be sure to look for and become a friend of Owens Lake on Facebook for updates and great photos!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

Merced River Canyon Redbud Update 4/20/14

Yosemite National Park reports

Redbud flowering in the Merced Canyon has reached its peak and is now beginning to fade.


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR Update 4/20/14

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR has a new wildflower report:

It looks like the park is at peak bloom now, but it should continue to be a great bloom through the end of April.  Although some poppy flowers are spent, there are many more buds still developing.  The big rain we had at the end of February, doubled with a little more a month later, will keep the peak going without fading fast.
There are rivers of orange that have migrated toward the eastern areas of the park now.
Patches of other wildflowers such as white forget me nots, purple lupine and lacy phacelia, yellow goldfields and fiddleneck are creating a mosaic of color throughout the park.  The best poppy showing is currently along the south Poppy Loop trail and the Antelope Trail- remember to stay on the trail; the poppies are right next to it so there’s no difficulty in seeing them.  Poppies are also abundant along our handicap-accessible trail this year.


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

Mojave National Preserve Wildflower Report 4/20/14

Mojave National Preserve has a new wildflower update for 4/20/14

Several species of cacti are blooming along the Teutonia Peak Trail and in the area near Cima Dome. Among those blooming are numerous Mojave Mound and Beavertail. Indian paintbrush and evening primrose are also blooming in the area. Palmer’s penstemon can be found along Cima Road north of Teutonia Peak.

See older reports at Where the Wildflowers Are – Mojave National Preserve (U.S. National Park Service).

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

Plumas County Wildflower Update 4/20/14

The Plumas County Bloom Blog has  a series of flower photos by Joe Willis taken over the past few days in and around American Valley. Some past Oakland Camp and others on the Feather River College campus. See them at:  Bloom Blog Wildflowers in Plumas County Northern California.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

Turkey Bend Bluebonnet Update 4/20/14

Rob Greebon Photography has the following bluebonnet update:

I finally found a good bluebonnet field 17 miles south of Marble Falls on 1431 at Turkey Bend. The bluebonnets were amazing despite the fact that someone drove a truck through the middle of the field leaving large tire track.

See photo of dense bluebonnet field at:  Rob Greebon Photography

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

Joshua Tree Wildflower Report 4/18/14.

Joshua Tree National Park has posted a new wildflower report of for 4/18/14. They report:

Joshua tree blooms and Mojave yucca blooms are declining. Various species of cactus are blooming throughout the park, look for the pink blooms of the beavertail prickly pear cactus (Optunia basilaris var. basilaris) along the north entrance. Annual wildflower blooms are scattered throughout the park in low abundance.

See the full detailed report for4/18/14 which includes what plants are in bloom, locations and abundance at:  Blooming Wildflowers 2014_4-18


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

Dalles Mountain Ranch, OR Wildflower, Report 4/19/14

Oregon Wildflowers has a new report for The Dalles Mountain Ranch

 The Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) is at its peak, not only at The Dalles Mountain Ranch but along the road and throughout Columbia Hills State Park. The hills are covered with swaths of yellow!

The Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianii) is blooming along the road, but has not really kicked in within the State Park boundaries.

Also blooming are: Yakima Milk-vetch (Astragalus reventiformis), Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus), Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi), Slender-Fruited Desert Parsley (Lomatium leptocarpum), Bare-stem Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule), Prairie Star (Lithophragma sp.).

Blooming at higher elevatons toward Stacker Butte are: Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Hood’s Phlox (Phlox hoodii), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), and Lance-leaf Spring Beauty (Claytonia lanceolata).

See older reports and photo links at:  Oregon Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

California Poppy Festival April 26th & 27th 2014

The 2014 California Poppy Festival is scheduled for April 26-27, 2014. The Poppy Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, and takes place rain or shine! It is two days of music, art, food and fun celebrating the state flower of California and the appearance of poppies in the Antelope Valley! For more information on events and activities or to buy tickets go to: California Poppy Festival | April 26th & 27th 2014.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2014

UC- Berkeley Bot. Garden Spring Plant Sale April 26 & 27

Members’ Sale and Silent Auction SATURDAY, APRIL 26 4 – 7 pm

Public Sale SUNDAY, APRIL 27 9 am – 2 pm

The Sale features drought-resistant plants to keep your garden beautiful year-round. Expert staff and volunteers can help you with plant selections,ways to save water in the garden, and other great ideas. There is a large and exciting selection of exotic and rare plants, including an expanded selection of Mediterranean-climate plants perfect for your water-wise garden.

Members are invited to the preview and silent auction (4 – 7 pm). You will be treated to fine wines by Jarvis Tomei Wines and enjoy food from Bancroft Catering

For more information on the plant sale go to: UCBG | Spring Plant Sale 2014

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2014

Texas Wildflower Reports 4/19/14

Wild about Texas Wildflowers has the following new reports

us 90 alt east side of sequin 2014-04-18:
at the outpatient care facility. huge dense field of yellow 65% red paintbrush 30% and immature bluebonnet 5%

 us 90 alt east of gondolas 2014-04-18:
large expansive views of indian paint brush. not much west of gonzalas until seguin.

Follow reports at:  Submit or Search Texas Wildflower Sightings.

Wildflower Haven has the following new report:

Ennis – A few above average areas

If you take away the top 3 or 4 above average spots, you really have little left in Ennis this season.  Generally what I saw repeated over and over were a few dense stretches and larger fields dusted or lightly striped with bluebonnets.  I would find hillsides and slopes with fairly dense coverage but the valleys and lower parts of hills without any plants.  Other fields would have 80-90% coverage but the density was really low. The plants in those fields look thin and underdeveloped. All of the blooms I saw were at peak with few remaining cone tops.  What some might have thought were young blooms are actually small thin underdeveloped plants. I have seen this scenario once or twice before.  My working theory is that many areas got too much rain in the fall, so only well drained spots developed any plants.  In more places where plants did develop they did not grow into large healthy plants due to well below normal rainfall in January and February.  Areas like Mach RD and the field on FM-85 were fields that drain well and yet also benefited from run off rainfall from roads.  Even on Mach RD in the famous field, you see coverage mainly on the ridges and not in the valleys between the ridges.  The field across the road slopes nearly 100% without many ridges. so it got nearly 100% coverage and continued to benefit from the run off from the road.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2014

Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Report 4/19/14

Greg Vaughn’s blog has a new wildflower report at    Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Report | Wanders & Wonders

Want to photograph wildflowers at their peak in the Columbia River Gorge? Now’s the time.

I’ve been wandering the Oregon side of The Gorge between Hood River and the Deschutes River the past few days, and just about all the regular known locations for wildflowers are looking very good right now.

In Hood River Valley, the apple trees in the orchards are covered with delicate white blossoms. The view from Panorama Point is quite striking with the trees in the lower valley looking frosted while Mount Hood still has a nice cap of snow. Orchards in the upper part of the valley will probably hit their peak in a week or so. Wander the backroads a bit with an eye to the north and you’ll find superb views of the orchards with majestic Mount Adams as a backdrop.

At The Nature Conservancy’s Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena Plateau, the balsamroot are absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn’t call it a carpet of color, but there are many areas with good, thick clumps of bright yellow blossoms in their prime. The lupine are just starting to show, so there is probably another couple of weeks of great conditions here for these showy favorites for landscape photography.

Further east, a short hike up river on the trails at Deschutes River State Recreation Area will lead to some nice views of lavendar lupine among the silvery sagebrush.

Over on the Washington side of the Gorge, the hills are alive. Not with the sound of music, but with a glorious carpet of bright yellow balsamroot and purple lupine just off Dalles Mountain Road in Columbia Hills State Park. Drive a little beyond the old ranch buildings for a stunning view across the fields of flowers to the Columbia River and distant Mount Hood.

Those of you who are really into wildflowers and macro photography will find several other species blooming in this area right now, and the bloom will continue through May, with peak times depending on location and elevation.

See a good photo of what is happening now and follow his blog at: Wanders & Wonders.

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