Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2014

Robin Hood’s Oak Tree Is England’s Tree of the Year

The Guardian reported

1,000-year-old oak in Sherwood Forest has won the popular vote for England’s tree of the year. With a girth of ten metres concealing hollow hideaways in its trunk, the mighty Major Oak is reputed to be a bolt-hole of Robin Hood and his gang when fleeing the tyrannical Sheriff of Nottingham. Almost as many stories cling to this ancient tree as acorns 150,000 and persuaded the public to vote it their favourite in a competition organised by the Woodland Trust.

Read full Story at Major oak in Sherwood Forest voted England’s tree of the year | Environment | The Guardian.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2014

Plan To Save 30,000 Seabird Annually

from Birdlife International

Namibia takes positive steps to save 30,000 seabirds a year

Following a meeting with the BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force, The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia has introduced new fishery regulations which should practically eliminate seabird mortality from one of the most destructive fisheries in the world.

This is more excellent news for the Albatross Task Force (ATF) who have been working with the Ministry in Namibia since 2008, and have demonstrated that the combined levels of seabird mortality for their hake longline and trawl fisheries is around 30,000 seabirds per year, which is one of the highest levels in the world.

The ATF have demonstrated that adoption of simple and cost-effective mitigation measures in both these fisheries could reduce mortality to negligible levels.

Incidental bycatch in fisheries constitutes the major threat for many vulnerable populations of seabirds. Globally 300,000 seabirds are killed in longline and trawl fisheries each year where they are hooked and drown on baited hooks or are struck by trawl cables and dragged under water. Approximately 100,000 of these birds are albatross, the most threatened family of birds with 15 of 22 species at risk of extinction.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

San Francisco Fall Color 11/13/14

California Fall Color reports on San Francisco Fall Color

10-50% – The City should be peaking over the next three weeks.  It’s now patchy, though SF’s fall color should move to near peak between this weekend and Thanksgiving Day.  Beautiful color is seen throughout the city’s neighborhoods, though is best in Golden Gate Park at the Arboretum and Japanese Tea Garden, where it is peaking now.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Arizona and New Mexico Fall Colors 11/13/14

Southwestern Region National Forests have the following new Fall Color Reports for 11/13/14. Note that most areas are done for the season and most of the reports are over two weeks old indicating those areas may also be done.

 Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Coconino National Forest

This report for the Coconino is from 10/16/2014.

Fall colors are at their peak in the high country around Flagstaff and along the Mogollon Rim.

Suggested sites near Flagstaff:

Hart Prairie (Accessed via Hwy. 180 and Forest Road (FR) 151 and/or FR 418, which also loops around the north end of the Peaks for a pretty view)

Lockett Meadow (Hwy. 89 north approx. 12 miles north of Flagstaff to FR 418/420 junction, then FR 552) The Inner Basin Trail is a good hike from here.

Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail/Kendrick Mountain Wilderness (via Hwy. 180 north of Flagstaff.

Suggested Drives on the Mogollon Rim District (north of Pine and Strawberry near Blue Ridge):

FR 321 aka “Dane Ridge” (Hwy. 87 to FR 95 next to the Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, right on FR 96, right on FR 321)

FR 300 aka “Rim Road” or “General Crook Trail” (Hwy. 87 or Hwy. 260 to FR 300, 2.5 miles east of Hwy. 260, 10 miles north of Strawberry)

Not too much has changed yet in the lower elevations around Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona. Their fall colors tend to trail a week or two behind.

 

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Shasta Cascade Fall Color 11/12/14

California Fall Color has an update for the Shasta Cascade Region. Report highlights below. See photos at Shasta Cascade

This will likely be the last week to see peak color in Plumas, Lassen and Siskiyou counties in the Shasta Cascade region of northeast California. Many of their trees are now losing leaves, though beautiful color can still be found in spots. While these higher elevation areas are moving past peak, all lower elevation areas near the Trinity, Feather and Sacramento Rivers in the Shasta Cascade are now peaking. They will likely carry full peak through next week.

Butte County (Peak 75%-100%) As reported earlier this week, Esplanade Blvd. in downtown Chico is glorious.  A canopy of fully peaked towering trees overhangs the broad boulevard.  Bidwell Park and the CSU Chico campus are now painted with auburn, crimson, purple, yellow, gold and orange.  Exotic plants are showing brilliant color.

Tehama County (Peak  75-100%)Tehama County, at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, is now peaking.  The best color is found beside the Sacramento River at William P. Ide Adobe State Park, the Red Bluff Recreation Area off Sale Lane, Red Bluff River Park downtown and northeast of Red Bluff where Jellys Ferry Rd crosses the river.

Shasta County (Peak 75%-100%) Towering cottonwood and other riparian trees at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Garden, at Sundial Bridge and along the Sacramento River Trail are peaking. Anderson River Park in Anderson has a beautiful blend of red, yellow, soft green, and orange, all on one tree. Cottonwood along the river are now losing leaves.

Trinity County (Peak 75%-100%) On Hwy 299 from Redding west to Fortuna motorists pass pockets of golden cottonwood, yellow bigleaf maple and chartreuse wild cucumber, all accented with spots of crimson beside the Trinity River.

Modoc County (Peak 75%-100%) Modoc National Forest is at peak with an abundant display of fall color.

Siskiyou County (Peak  to Past Peak) Fall is fading fast in Siskiyou County. In the town of Mt. Shasta, many planted trees have peaked and are now losing leaves. Snow-covered Mt. Shasta provides a dramatic backdrop to the remaining color

Plumas County (Peak to Past Peak) Plumas County was the first part of the Shasta Cascade to peak  is “definitely past peak” though color can still be found in the Feather River Canyon and around Greenville.

Lassen County (Peak to Past Peak) Similar to Siskiyou and Plumas, Lassen County is now past peak,

 

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Oakland Redwood Park Fall Color11/12/14

Calphoto reported on fall color in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA

There is some gorgeous color in Redwood East Bay Regional Park right now. Easy flat paved path for folks who have some mobility limitations.

See photo at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/calphoto/conversations/topics/21216

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Major Protections For Asian Migratory Mammals

Press Release Wildlife Conservation Society

Major Initiative Endorsed Today to Protect Asia’s Migratory Mammals

  • The Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP) agreed to adopt a Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative

  • Central Asia contains some of the last great migratory spectacles of large mammals including Mongolian gazelles, saiga antelope, Tibetan antelope and other species

  • New Initiative protects 15 large mammal species

  • Central Asia’s landscapes are under increasing threat from development pressures

  • Linear infrastructure –roads, fences, and other structures – act as barriers to movement of migratory mammals

QUITO, ECUADOR (November 7, 2014) – The Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), at their 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Quito, Ecuador, agreed today to adopt a Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative to protect wildlife in the region from increasing development threats, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) reports.

Said Peter Zahler, WCS Asia Program Deputy Director: “Central Asia contains some of the last great temperate grasslands left in the world, vast natural desert regions, and some of the greatest mountains on the planet. Because of that, it also harbors some of the last great migratory spectacles of large mammals – over a million Mongolian gazelle as well as saiga antelope, Tibetan gazelle, Tibetan antelope, and giant argali sheep – a total of 15 large mammals under consideration in this Initiative.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 12, 2014

Yosemite Fall Color 11/11/12

California Fall Color  has a new report on Yosemite. It echos some of what was in yesterday’s posting about Michael Frye’s observations Yosemite Fall Color 10/21/14  Below are some highlights. See photos an number of Yosemite fall color photos  at  Yosemites fall color is now peaking – GO NOW

the leaves were showering the valley floor as they departed (note to self: recruit more spotters to check out Yosemite Valley in late October each year), though he imagines the color will continue for another week and will probably be near past peak by Thanksgiving Day.

young aspen, dogwood and oaks now paint the hillside with yellow, rose and orange fall color.  Given the present beauty of this area, it should improve to being one of the most spectacular displays of fall color in the national park in coming years.

Yosemite National Park Peak 75-100% – All areas in the national park are at peak or past peak. Yosemite Valley and Wawona have a week, perhaps two depending on wind of peak color left to go.  GO NOW!

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 12, 2014

Lawsuit To Protect Walruses From Arctic Drilling

Press Release EarthJustice

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Struggling Walruses from Arctic Drilling

Coalition challenges U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule allowing oil industry to harm mammals in the Chukchi Sea

A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today, challenging a rule that permits oil companies, like Shell Oil, to harm Pacific walruses during Arctic Ocean oil drilling beginning as early as next year in key walrus feeding areas.

Approximately 35,000 walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska, near Point Lay, on Sept. 27, 2014.

Approximately 35,000 walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska, near Point Lay, on Sept. 27, 2014.
Corey Accardo / NOAA

The Arctic Ocean’s sea ice is rapidly melting due to climate change, creating dire consequences for Chukchi Sea walruses which depend on the ice for resting, raising their young, feeding, and avoiding predators. As a result of this melting, the walruses have been forced ashore in recent years. This year it happened again as 35,000 walruses crowded together on the Alaskan Arctic coast just a few weeks ago. Walruses must swim distances up to 100 miles from these coastal haulout areas to reach Chukchi feeding grounds to find the clams and other bottom species they need to survive. They are vulnerable to stampedes and trampling when forced to use coastal resting areas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule puts these already at risk mammals directly in harm’s way by allowing risky oil company operations in key walrus foraging areas in the Chukchi Sea. This rule is being challenged by Earthjustice on behalf of Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands, Sierra Club and by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Santa Cruz County Monarch Butterflies & Fall Color – Updated 11/13/14

Calphoto reported

The yellow of the big leaf maples in the Redwoods was lovely on my drive from San Gregorio on 84 up to 35 yesterday. I suspect one could find nice color contrasts on the peninsula with some looking.

California Fall Color has the following fall color and Monarch Butterfly report for Santa Cruz County.

Monarch Butterflies Peak 75-100% – The monarch butterflies have returned to Natural Bridges State Park and other nesting areas along the California Coast.  GO NOW!

Summit Road Peak 75-100% – Summit Road is canopied with yellow bigleaf maple. GO NOW!

See photo and full report at: Monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

How You Can Help Save Knowland Park

From Save Knowland Park

Oakland’s beautiful and wild Knowland Park is under threat, and we need your help. Right now, it’s home to range of wildlife, including threatened species, native grasslands, and woodlands, and it’s free to the public. However, the Oakland Zoo wants to take over the heart of it, 77 acres, to add to zoo property, including an exhibit on species that are regionally extinct due to development—while displacing a wide range of species that currently rely on the park.

We need YOU to come to Oakland’s City Council Meeting on Tues 11/18, to show that you support protecting this important parkland.

This has been a long saga, which you may have heard about, and this may be the last chance we have to protect the park. The Oakland City Council will meet on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at 5:30 pm at Oakland City Hall to vote on whether to grant the zoo additional park acreage.

Please RSVP to come out to City Hall on Tues 11/18 to protect our park! bit.ly/knowlandmeeting

It is absolutely critical that we turn out a BIG crowd to demonstrate that—as our recent poll findings showed—voters don’t support the current zoo expansion plan sited on the park’s most sensitive natural area. Right now the zoo is trying to take more parkland—from the public—to “mitigate” for its bad decision in insisting on building atop the ridgeline. What?!

Please join us at the City Council meeting to tell the City Council what the wildlife protection agencies recommended in the first place, and the public has been demanding for years: move the development elsewhere—and preserve the park for all the resident wildlife, including the prime habitat for the threatened Alameda Whipsnake, rather than having to mitigate for its loss.

Sign up here if you can come, or want to help out: bit.ly/knowlandmeeting.

Thanks for helping us win this fight!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Yosemite Fall Color 11/10/14

Michael Frye has a report on his photo blog on Yosemite Valley Fall Color

Overall the color in the valley was quite nice. The big-leaf maples have held on longer than I expected, and at least 70% still have their leaves. The black oaks were near peak, with some still partially green, but most trees completely turned. It doesn’t seem to be a great year for dogwoods, as many have just turned brown, but we found some colorful specimens, especially in the west end of the valley. And as I said in my last post, the cottonwoods are all out of sync, with some already bare, but the ones that were green a week ago have turned and have some rich color. It’s not the best autumn in Yosemite Valley, but I’ve seen much worse, and it’s quite pretty right now. There should still be some great color through this weekend.

See  photos at Yosemite Valley Fall Color « In the Moment: Michael Frye’s Landscape Photography Blog

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Zion Fall Color 11/10/14

Calphoto has a new fall color report for Zion National Park

Zion over the weekend. The scenic drive is near peak or at peak but with this warm weather it should last a week or two more. All the cottonwoods are around 50-75% peak at the Campground, The Towers of the Virgin and Zion Lodge & Temple of Sinawava and along the river. It’s just at peak along the River Walk but it should be good for another week. Maple trees along the Emerald Pool trail has passed peak but still good. It’s the most beautiful right now from the Grotto to the Big Bend. The Weeping Rock trail is also at peak.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Microscope Photography Winners

See the 20 winners of Nikon’s Small World microscope photography winners at 20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See | WIRED.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Northern California Fall Color 11/10/14

California Fall Color has the following new report

 traveling from Auburn to Lincoln, then north to Yuba City and on to Chico and Vina.  This route skirts the northern goldfields of the northern Sierra foothills, passing through trim and tiny farming communities known for their walnuts, prunes, olives, almonds, rice, kiwifruit and grapes.

Fall color is best seen in the walnut orchards, streams and towns the along the route. The walnut groves are mostly patchy, though close to being near peak. Riparian cottonwood are at peak or past peak, while the tall shade trees planted in the towns are peaking.

The brightest fall color to be seen along the route is in residential areas of Auburn and Chico.

Auburn (Peak – 75-100%) - Beautiful fall color is seen throughout Auburn’s neighborhoods, as exotic trees are at full peak. GO NOW!

Highways 65, 70 and 99 North (Near Peak – 50-75%) - Towering shade trees on the highways leading to and within the farm communities of Wheatland, Olivehurst, Live Oak, Gridley and Vina are near peak.  Walnut orchards along the highway are patchy.  Riparian cottonwood have peaked or are past peak. GO NOW!

Chico (Peak – 75-100%) -Downtown Chico and Bidwell park are at full peak with towering shade trees full of yellow, gold, red, auburn and orange color.  Esplanade north of CSU Chico has a beautiful canopy of color. GO NOW!

See photos at Fall color from Auburn north to Vina is near peak.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Endangered Least Terns In Alameda Protected

Golden Gate Audubon’s blog, the Golden Gate Birder reports

Alameda’s nesting colony of endangered California Least Terns has a new government landlord – and a secure home for the future.

After years of negotiations, the U.S. Navy transferred 624 acres of its former airfield at Alameda Point to the Department of Veterans Affairs VA on Monday, November 3.

The transfer includes the former airstrip that was adopted by Least Terns for nesting in the 1970s and that has become the most productive breeding site in California for that species. More than 500 acres – including the area used by the terns – will be preserved as a wildlife reserve.

Read full Story at Endangered Alameda terns get a secure home | Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Southern California Fall Color 11/9/14

California Fall Color has two new fall color updates for Southern California

Lake Gregory Peak 75-100% – This is one of the last resort areas of the San Bernardino Mountains to peak; color should remain good through the coming week. GO NOW!

Lake Hemet Peak 75-100% - Large cottonwood provide a golden canopy to the campgrounds at Lake Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains, providing for a colorful place to camp while out color spotting. Weather permitting, peak should last for two weeks. GO NOW!

See photos at  Lake Gregory and Lake Hemet are peaking with fall color.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Obstacles To Yellowstone Pronghorn Migration

ScienceDaily reports on a study of the obstacles to Pronghorn MIgration in the greater Yellowstone region. Natural gas field development, highway traffic, and fencing in the upper Green River Basin all create obstacles to the migration of pronghorn.

Read story at Gauntlet of obstacles facing migrating pronghorn in greater Yellowstone — ScienceDaily.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 9, 2014

Strange, Fanged Deer

Press Release Wildlife Conservation Society

Strange, Fanged Deer Persists in Afghanistan

WCS study confirms that endangered musk deer still live in Nuristan Province – some 60 years after last sighting

Species targeted by poachers: Musk deer scent glands are more valuable than gold

Study appears in the October issue of the journal Oryx

More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which confirmed the species presence during recent surveys.

Known as the Kashmir musk deer – one of seven similar species found in Asia – the last scientific sighting in Afghanistan was believed to have been made by a Danish survey team traversing the region in 1948.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 8, 2014

Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One

Sierra Club Press Release: Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One | Sierra Club National.

Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One

Gross Spending Helped Oil Industry Mislead Public in Santa Barbara County

SACRAMENTO—Voters in two California counties were able to overcome a Goliath of an opponent—the oil industry—and pass fracking bans yesterday by wide margins. Measure J in San Benito County passed with 57% of the vote, and Measure S in Mendocino County passed with 67%.

However, Measure P in Santa Barbara County, which was very similar to the San Benito measure, lost after oil industry groups spent more than $7.6 million to beat the measure placed on the ballot by local grassroots groups. That spending ranked the local ballot measure campaign in Santa Barbara as one of the most expensive in the country. The oil industry’s campaign relied heavily on advertising that misled voters about the measure’s content, and outspent proponents by more than 20 to 1.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 8, 2014

UK Plan To Protect Bees

The BBC reported

The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.

It is part of a 10-year National Pollinator Strategy.

But some conservation groups say the plan does not go far enough.

Read full story at BBC News – Plan bee: New measures to protect pollinators.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2014

Photos Of UC – Berkeley Botanical Garden

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2014

58% Chance for El Nino

 

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center reported

There is a 58% chance of El Niño during the Northern Hemisphere winter, which is favored to last into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2015.

Read more at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.pdf 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2014

Napa & Ukiah Fall Color 11/6/14

California Fall Color has a new post for Napa and Ukiah. See photos  and full report at Napa Valley Vines are at Peak Fall Color

Napa Valley (Peak 75-100%) –  the Mt Vreeder Road on the west side of the Napa Valley and descending to the floor of the valley, continuing north along the Silverado Trail from Yountville to Deer Park Road “… the colors were really wonderful.”

As we have noted previously, vineyards change by location and grape variety.  It may be peaking in one vineyard, past peak in another and not even close in a third – all within a given location.  reported, “… was easily Near Peak, if not Peak.”

Pope Valley and Chiles Valley  “Those valleys are in similar state of color. Very nice.” GO NOW!

Ukiah Valley (Peak 75-100%) - GO NOW!

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2014

New Marine Protected Area In Bangladesh

Press Release Wildlife Conservation Society

Bangladesh Creates New Marine Protected Area For Dolphins, Whales, Sharks, and Sea Turtles

“Swatch of No Ground Marine Protected Area” is Bangladesh’s first MPA

New marine protected area announced as run-up to World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia (Nov. 12-19)

New York (November 3, 2014)—The Government of Bangladesh has created the country’s first marine protected area that will now safeguard whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other oceanic species, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 6, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color 11/6/14

 Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Colors Tracker has the following quick summary update for 11/6/14

As we have reached beyond October on the Parkway, the remnant of fall colors can only be found at the lower elevations. The color change started in late September at the highest elevations and has been steadily progressing down towards lower ground ever since.

In Virginia at the north end of the Parkway, there is still some color in the James River area and on the protected slopes and hollows. Some of the trees still have their leaves in these areas, and there is a general yellowish-rust color across the landscape. The hickory and maple trees seem to be taking center stage right now, with quite a showing of golds and yellows.

The higher elevations of North Carolina, like Grandfather Mountain, Craggy Gardens, and south of Asheville, are beyond their peak, but the drive up to them and the valleys below are still bright with good colors.

Traveling the Parkway through Asheville and north or south up to 3,000 feet is the best place to see colors, with a good mix of red, yellow, gold, and brown still showing.

As always, we recommend driving some distance on the Parkway so that you can change elevation and north-south orientation to be sure and get some of the good color. It is a crowded time on the Parkway, so be careful and take your time visiting America’s favorite drive. Enjoy the view, but watch the road.

See full Report at  Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Colors Tracker.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 6, 2014

Arizona and New Mexico Fall Colors 11/6/14

Southwestern Region National Forests have the following new Fall Color Reports for 11/6/14. Although the report was posted today. Note that some of the reports are days and even weeks old and will not reflect what is happening today

 Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Coconino National Forest

This report for the Coconino is from 10/16/2014.

Fall colors are at their peak in the high country around Flagstaff and along the Mogollon Rim.

Suggested sites near Flagstaff:

Hart Prairie (Accessed via Hwy. 180 and Forest Road (FR) 151 and/or FR 418, which also loops around the north end of the Peaks for a pretty view)

Lockett Meadow (Hwy. 89 north approx. 12 miles north of Flagstaff to FR 418/420 junction, then FR 552) The Inner Basin Trail is a good hike from here.

Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail/Kendrick Mountain Wilderness (via Hwy. 180 north of Flagstaff.

Suggested Drives on the Mogollon Rim District (north of Pine and Strawberry near Blue Ridge):

FR 321 aka “Dane Ridge” (Hwy. 87 to FR 95 next to the Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, right on FR 96, right on FR 321)

FR 300 aka “Rim Road” or “General Crook Trail” (Hwy. 87 or Hwy. 260 to FR 300, 2.5 miles east of Hwy. 260, 10 miles north of Strawberry)

Not too much has changed yet in the lower elevations around Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona. Their fall colors tend to trail a week or two behind.

For more information click on the Coconino National Forest link above.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 6, 2014

Shasta Cascade Fall Color 11/5/14

California Fall Color has an update for the Shasta Cascade Region. Report highlights below. See photos at Discovering Gold in the Shasta Cascade

Presently, the vast Shasta Cascade region of northeast California is near peak, with the last of peak moving north through the northern Sierra into the southern Cascades.

Shasta county (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) – Riparian areas beside the Sacramento River seen from I-5 and urban forests in Redding and Anderson are at full peak with black oak, cottonwood and willows colored yellow, orange and red. GO NOW!

Plumas County (Peak 75-100%) Plumas County continues at peak. Bigleaf maple are dropping huge yellow leaves in the Indian Valley.  The Road to the Round Valley Reservoir is flanked by trees covered with yellow and orange oak and maple leaves.  Indian Rhubarb are losing their red-orange intensity, though the North Fork of the Feather River is now being drapes with yellow.  You’ll find color along the Arlington Road, near the Hideaway Motel in Quincy, surrounding Greenville and along the Round Valley Road. GO NOW!

Tehama County (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) – Tehama is forecast to peak this or next week.  Many of the cottonwoods flanking the Sacramento River are heavy with gorgeous yellow- orange leavesGO NOW!

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 6, 2014

Dramatic Decline In European Birds; Especially Common Species

ScienceDaily reports

Bird populations across Europe have experienced sharp declines over the past 30 years, with the majority of losses from the most common species, according to a new study. However numbers of some less common birds have risen.

Read full article at  Startling decline in European birds: Majority of losses from most common species — ScienceDaily.

You can also read about the bird loss at Hundreds of millions of birds have disappeared in 30 years – Nature – Environment – The Independent. The Guardian who reported

Europe has 421 million fewer birds today than it did three decades ago, as the growth of agriculture and urbanisation has sharply reduced suitable habitat, a new study has found.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 5, 2014

New York Fall Color 11/5/14

Fall Foliage in New York has its final report of the year

Albany, N.Y. - A brilliant fall foliage season in New York State is expected to come to a colorful close this weekend as peak leaves gently fade on Long Island and arrive in New York City, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.

Foliage color change in New York City picked up pace over the past week and is expected to average about 70 percent by the weekend. Look for the most change in the outer boroughs of The Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Overall, the foliage should be at peak, with moderate leaf droppage. Colors include pale yellow, green, deep orange, ruby red and brown, and the leaves are of dull to average brilliance with some bright standout trees.

 

By the weekend, most areas on Long Island will be just past peak. Foliage spotters reporting from the Hamptons and the North Fork in Suffolk County predict just past peak foliage with nearly complete color change and bright gold, orange, yellow, pink, red, purple and green leaves. Also look for gold sea grasses and red leaves in the pine forest underbrush. To the west, spotters based in Melville in project nearly complete color transition by the weekend with bright orange, yellow, red, purple, green, and some brown leaves. Leaves are fading from peak to past peak; however there are still many very colorful areas across both Suffolk and Nassau counties.

All other regions of the state are now past peak.

This is the final fall foliage report for 2014.

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