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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2014

Warmer Temperatures Could Mean Longer, Later Fall Color

ScienceDaily reports a study by Princeton University reveals

The fall foliage season in some areas of the United States could come much later and possibly last a little longer by the end of the century as climate change causes summer temperatures to linger later into the year, according researchers. The delay could result in a longer growing season that would affect carbon uptake, agriculture, water supplies and animal behavior, among many other areas.

Read full story at: Fall foliage season may be later, but longer on warmer earth — ScienceDaily

 

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

Rio Grande National Forest Fall Color 10/15/14- Updated

Rio Grande National Forest has the following new fall color reports and photos

Conejos Peak District   2013 Photos   September 24 – colors have peaked, further south colors have not yet peaked, but they are changing fast.

Divide District                2013 photos    2014 photos  October 15 – Cottonwoods along the river from Monte Vista up to Wagon Wheel Gap are in full color.   Above Wagon Wheel Gap and up in the mountains the leaves are all blown off .

Saguache District           2013 photos   2014 photos October 15 – there are still some fall colors to view in the Moon Pass and Saguache Park areas. Also the cottonwoods are in full color throughout the area.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

Eastern Region Fall Color 10/15/14

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following new fall color reports. Includes reports from Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont,  and Wisconsin

Illinois

The autumn season is one of the most popular seasons for visiting the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. The region is unique in that it is home to a variety of tree species. Currently there is still a lot of mixed color across the landscape, with some trees showing their autumn foliage and others still green. Some early turning trees still holding a lot of color are the deep crimson leaves of the dogwood and sumac trees. While the treetops of the maples, sycamore and elm have turned into a blend of orange, yellow and red. Always the last to change will be the wide variety of oak tree species, transforming into deep reds and burnt orange. Currently leaf change is at about 40% complete, with this year’s peak season likely to occur between Oct. 20 and 29.

Indiana

The Hoosier National Forest is now at about 40% color, with beautiful maples really showing off their oranges and reds.  Sycamores and hickories are yellow and dropping their leaves quickly.  The underbrush is in full color with dogwood and spicebush leaves and berries. With the storm rolling through Monday night the Forest lost many of the colors to date.  In the next few days more of those colors will start showing back up again – stay tuned!

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Bishop Creek Canyon 10/15/14

Parcher’s Resort just published their final fall color report for the year. See photos at: Eastern Sierra Fall Color Bishop Creek Canyon. Report below.

Overall Conditions Above 8500ft Elevation
Past Peak (You Missed It.)

Two days of wind was all it took to strip the vast majority of aspen in the higher reaches of the Bishop Creek Canyon. Still, the overall weather over the past month has been exceptional so we can’t really complain. Although we will certainly miss the fall foliage, there was more than ample time for area visitors to get some beautiful shots. With Sabrina, North Lake, Sabrina Camp, Parchers Resort and Willow Camp almost completely stripped of leaves, there is not much left to see in the higher reaches of the canyon.

Overall Conditions Between 7500 & 8500ft Elevation
Past Peak (You Missed It.)

While a few areas still have some beautiful color, most notably Intake II, Aspendell and the Four Jeffries area, but much of the color on either side of the canyon is past peak and/or stripped from the wind.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

New York Fall Color 10/8/2014

Fall Foliage in New York | Autumn Leaves, Scenic Drive has a new report for the week of Oct. 15 to 21

Spectacular Fall Colors Continuing to Appear Throughout New York State

Brilliant Peak Hues Predominate in Greater Niagara, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands-Seaway and Hudson Valley regions

This is the sixth 2014 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

New York State’s spectacular 2014 fall foliage season is in full swing, with peak colors making their way through the Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Hudson Valley, Central New York and Capital-Saratoga regions this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.

This weekend should be a good one for peak color in many areas of the Finger Lakes region. In Schuyler County, spotters in Watkins Glen are calling for peak foliage with 90 percent color change and dull to average leaves of various fall colors. Tioga County will be peak to just past peak with spotters in Owego calling for nearly complete color transition and red, yellow, orange and brown leaves of varying brilliance. In Monroe County, spotters are predicting 60-90 percent color transition and near peak to peak foliage for the weekend with yellow leaves predominating along with some red and orange leaves. Several trees have dark red leaves and this dark color gives a solid fall foliage look to large stands of trees. Brilliance is average to slightly above average. There are still some dull green leaves remaining, mainly near Lake Ontario.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

Chattahoochee-Oconee Nat. Forest Fall Color 10/15/14

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest  has a new fall color report for October 15, 2014

Even though the stormy weather yesterday blew a lot of the early season color of the trees, it’s still early enough for more color to develop. It should be no surprise that at the higher elevations, where most of the color was developing, the weather was the worst. Lower elevations, especially in places sheltered from the winds, will likely provide good fall color in the coming days. Stay tuned for photos later in the week.

The forecast looks good for this weekend and into next week with sunny to partly cloudy days and cool temperatures. Just right for leaf peeping.

Your best bet to check the weather and see the color so you’ll know when to make that drive into the mountains is to monitor the Brasstown Bald webcams. You can already see some nice color around the visitor center and some color is developing on the surrounding slopes

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

Sierra Nevada Fall Color 10/15/14

Calphoto has a new fall Color report for the Northern Sierra. It includes

  • Upper Truckee River drainage and Monitor Pass. Looking like peak.
  • Sorensons to almost Ebbetts Pass and back, then Hope Valley. Spectacular.
  • Monitor Pass. Mid-day or earlier pretty strong winds came up and were definitely blowing leaves off big time. Rather than return to Hope and Carson,
  • West shore of Tahoe. Whoa. Nothing there. All trees are bare.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

Mercury Contamination Changes Bird Songs

National Geographic wrote about how mercury from contaminated rivers alters bird songs. Mercury is a potent toxin that disrupts  brains, can change birds’ behavior and kill their chicks. Birds sing to attract mates and create territory. When their songs change both these abilities are impacted.

Read story at: Wild Birds’ Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 14, 2014

Mono County Fall Color 10/14/14

California Fall Color has a new report for Mono County. See photos at http://www.californiafallcolor.com/2014/10/14/wind-tonight-color-tomorrow/ Report below

Reports from Mono County are indicating strong winds tonight.  Though, will that mean color will be gone with the wind?

Mono County had a spectacular past weekend for color and peak conditions continue in several areasA few areas of the Eastern Sierra at lower elevations have yet to turn, including: Lower Rock Creek Rd, Lower Tioga Pass Rd and Lower Lundy Lake Rd.  Look to our Twitter feeds for the latest updates.

Rock Creek Rd. (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Rock Creek Rd. is at full peak from Tom’s Place to East Fork, three miles from U.S. 395.  GO NOW! 

Upper Rock Creek Canyon – Past Peak - Above East Fork, it’s past peak.  A sure sign is that Pie in the Sky has stopped baking pies.  They pass thanks to everyone who dropped in for a slice this past year.  Until next spring, no more pies (sniff). YOU MISSED IT! 

Lower Rock Creek Rd. (Just Starting – 10 – 50%) - The aspen groves that line Rock Creek south of Tom’s Place are just now turning and should survive the wind.  This hike should be lovely this weekend.  .

Crowley Lake (Peak – 75 – 100%) -The little green church at Crowley lake is embraced by fall color. GO NOW! 

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 14, 2014

Great Smoky Mts. Fall Color 10/14/14

Great Smoky Mt. National Park has a new Fall Color Report for  October 14, 2014

Middle and low elevations are still predominantly green, but the progression of fall color is in full force down the mountain here and there. Patches of vibrant reds have developed on dogwoods, sourwoods, and a few maples throughout the park. We’re also starting to see a bit of yellow developing, especially around water features. The vivid red leaves of Virginia creeper vine are very noticeable climbing tree trunks now. Overall however, there’s not a great deal of fall color in the lower elevations yet — the season here is still two or three weeks away.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 14, 2014

Shasta Cascade Fall Color 10/14/14

California Fall Color has and update today for the Shasta Cascade Region. Report highlights below. See photos at Plumas County nears peak for California Fall Color

GO NOW! Plumas County (Near Peak – 50 – 75%)Plumas is definitely approaching peak. Areas around Greenville are showing vibrant yellow bigleaf maple and pastel pink to vibrant red dogwood.  Plumas County’s Awesome Autumn FB page had color spotter Emily Webb reporting on 10/11 that “Hwy 89 from the Greenville Y to the Taylorsville T is spectacular… The best fall colors being on the other side of Indian Creek. I would suggest if you are going from Quincy to stop about a 1/4 mile from the Y on 89, there is a pullout on the left hand side of the road or better yet, go about another mile, where you see the Dawn Institutes apple orchard on the left, and there is a big pull out on the right. Park at the pull out and take the short and easy hike down to the creek. The maples on the other side of the creek are like gold lace, with red dogwoods intertwining in between.”  Additionally, the site reported on 10/9 that Bucks Lake Rd., right before the summit, has turned, and it is beautiful. The deep reds, rust, and yellow.  Also, Quincy’s famous “Judge Thieler” sugar maple is now peaking 

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 14, 2014

Hoosier National Forest Fall Color 10/13/14

Hoosier National Forest has the following fall color update for 10/13/14

The Hoosier is now about 40% colored with the beautiful maples really showing off their oranges and reds. Sycamores and hickories are yellow and dropping their leaves quickly. The underbrush is in full color with dogwood and spice bush leaves and berries. With the storm rolling through Monday night the forest lost many of the colors to date. In the next few days more of those colors will start showing back up again – stay tuned!

See photos at Hoosier National Forest – Home.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 14, 2014

San Juan Nat. Forest Fall Color 10/14/14

San Juan National Forest has a new fall foliage upddate for 10/14/14

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 90% aspens peaking
Molas Pass – past peak
Silverton/Red Mountain Pass – past peak
Pagosa –70% aspens high, 90% cottonwoods along river 
Dolores to Rico – 85% peaking
Mancos – 90% peaking

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Purgatory to Durango.  Williams Creek Reservoir.
North of Mancos.  West Dolores

Durango-Silverton Train still has some great leaf viewing.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:

High elevation above 9,000 feet is mostly past peak.

The slightly lower areas below 8,000 ft look good.  Pagosa, Dolores,
Mancos changing fast.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:

Many areas still holding good color and great weather this week.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Aspens, oakbrush.  Willows and cottonwoods along the rivers.

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

 
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 14, 2014

Conservation Groups Seek Federal Wolverine Protection

Press Release EarthJustice

CONSERVATION GROUPS SUE FEDERAL AGENCY TO PROTECT WOLVERINE

Climate change has led to loss of spring snowpack, endangering feisty predator

Eight conservation groups joined forces today in a legal challenge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to abandon proposed protections for the wolverine, a rare and elusive mountain-dwelling species with fewer than 300 individuals remaining in the lower 48.

In February 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act after the agency’s biologists concluded global warming was reducing the deep spring snowpack pregnant females require for denning.

But after state wildlife managers in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming objected, arguing that computer models about climate change impact are too uncertain to justify the proposed listing, in May 2014 the Service’s Regional Director Noreen Walsh ordered her agency to withdraw the listing, ignoring the recommendations of her own scientists. The reversal came despite confirmation by a panel of outside experts that deep snow is crucial to the ability of wolverines to reproduce successfully. The agency formalized that withdrawal in a final decision issued Aug. 13.

 

The coalition of eight conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, is suing to overturn that decision filed the lawsuit today in federal district court in Missoula, Mont.

“The wolverine is a famously tough creature that doesn’t back down from anything, but even the wolverine can’t overcome a changing climate by itself,” said Earthjustice attorney Adrienne Maxwell. “To survive, the wolverine needs the protections that only the Endangered Species Act can provide.”

The groups bringing the lawsuit are the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Northwest, Friends of the Clearwater, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Idaho Conservation League, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and Rocky Mountain Wild.

“The denial of protection for the wolverine is yet another unfortunate example of politics entering into what should be a purely scientific decision,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “All of the science and the agency’s own scientists say the wolverine is severely endangered by loss of spring snowpack caused by climate change, yet the agency denied protection anyway.”

“The best available science shows climate change will significantly reduce available wolverine habitat over the next century, and imperil the species,” said Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance’s Siva Sundaresan. “As an agency responsible for protecting our wildlife, FWS should not ignore science and should make their decisions based on facts and data.”

“Wolverines in the Clearwater region are particularly vulnerable because the elevations here are less than those elsewhere in the Northern Rockies,” saidGary Macfarlane of Friends of the Clearwater. “It would be a great loss if this fearless critter were to disappear from the wild Clearwater country.”.

“One of the most important things that we can do to get wolverines on the road to recovery in the face of a warming climate is to get them back on the ground in mountain ranges where they once lived,” said Megan Mueller, senior conservation biologist with Rocky Mountain Wild. “We are disappointed by the Service’s decision not to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act as protections would have helped to facilitate such efforts in Colorado and beyond.”

“The remote, rugged, and snowy North Cascades are ideal wolverine habitat,” said Dave Werntz, Science and Conservation Director with Conservation Northwest. “Protection under the Endangered Species Act will help wolverine survive a warming climate, shrinking snowpack, and increasingly fragmented habitat.”

BACKGROUND

The wolverine, the largest land-dwelling member of the weasel family, once roamed across the northern tier of the United States and as far south as New Mexico in the Rockies and Southern California in the Sierra Nevada range. After more than a century of trapping and habitat loss, wolverines in the lower 48 have been reduced to small, fragmented populations in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming and northeast Oregon.

With no more than 300 wolverines remaining in these regions, the species is at direct risk from climate change because wolverines depend on areas that maintain deep snow through late spring, when pregnant females dig their dens into the snowpack to birth and raise their young. Snowpack is already in decline in the western mountains, a trend that is predicted to worsen. Wolverine populations also are threatened by trapping, human disturbance, extremely low population numbers resulting in low genetic diversity, and fragmentation of habitat.

The groups challenging the Service’s determination pointed out that the agency disregarded well-established scientific evidence, including the recommendations of its own scientists, in speculating that the wolverine might be capable of withstanding the projected loss of 63 percent of its snowy habitat in the lower 48 by the year 2085. Contrary to the Service’s speculation, every one of the 562 verified wolverine den sites in North America and Scandinavia occurred in snow; 95 percent of worldwide summer wolverine observations and 89 percent of year-round wolverine observations fell within areas characterized by persistent spring snowpack. Elimination of this snowy habitat due to warming temperatures presents a direct threat to the wolverine’s survival — a danger compounded by the increasing isolation and fragmentation of wolverine habitats that threatens remaining populations with localized extinctions and inbreeding.

On May 17, the assistant director for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rocky Mountain region recommended protection for the wolverine, concluding that the agency’s scientists had not found “any other peer-reviewed literature or other bodies of evidence that would lead us to a different conclusion. While we recognize there is uncertainty associated with when population effects may manifest themselves, any conclusion that there will not be population effects appears to be based on opinion and speculation. In our opinion that would not represent the best available scientific or commercial data available.” Despite these strong conclusions, the Fish and Wildlife Service reversed course and withdrew proposed protection for the wolverine.

Read the legal document.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2014

2014 National Wildlife Refuge Week Oct. 14-20

Treat yourself with a visit to a national wildlife refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week, from October 14-20. Celebrate America’s wildlife heritage, and see what refuges are doing to conserve it.

Learn more at National Wildlife Refuge Week Oct. 14-20 » National Wildlife Refuge Association.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2014

Two More Eastern Sierra Fall Color Reports 10/13/14

Two more Eastern Sierra fall color reports from  Calphoto posted today.

1.   Color highlights, in order as you travel north along 395 from Bishop -Pine Creek Road

McGee Creek at the far end of the road, great cottonwoods and creek-side shots right near the parking area.

Dunderberg Meadow Rd. – if you come in from the southwest off of Virginia Lakes Rd (good color in spots), you will drive a long ways winding down the hill thru aspens that are 90% bare, once you get to the bottom and appear to be headed back out, there is a meadow to the left that was a gorgeous view – great colors, mountains as backdrop

Lower mountainsides all along 395 showed occasional rivers of color with aspens following ravines/creeks – more distant shots but enjoyable to see

North of Conway Summit, the west side of 395 where Virginia Creek is below the highway on the southbound (west) side – a beautiful stand of aspens down in there. Pull off on shoulder, be careful with traffic zooming by. Great late day when the sun is low over the mountains to the west, but you have just minutes to get the best shot.

Various spots along Hwy 89 from 395 n

2. I just did a day trip from Bay area to june lake loop via hwy108. There are many fall colors photo spots on hwy108 and its at peak at conway summit, lundy canyon. June lake loop has many good spots if you stop at road side and walk towards the streams. Silver lake is the best of the all. photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bollapalli/sets/72157648697265701/

 

See older reports and photos at Calphoto (must register to access site)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2014

North Carolina Fall Color 10/12/14

Department of Biology | Appalachian State University has a new detailed fall color report for North Carolina

Fall Color Report for Week of October 12, 2014

Well, Mother Nature hasn’t been cooperating lately.  Today was quite rainy early on, and very windy at the high elevations.  This has caused a lot of leaves to drop off, BUT, there is still great color up here in the High Country.  So, don’t be discouraged.  If you’re planning a visit, come on up!

Fall leaf colors are peaking right now below 4,500’ down to about 3,000’, which is the elevational range enveloping most of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Above 4,500’ many of the leaves have already fallen.  Elsewhere, the colors this year are spectacular.  My daughter and I rate the display this year about a 9 out of a scale of 10.  The red maples, sourwoods, sugar maples, and blueberries and huckleberries are very showy this year.  The reds are especially brilliant, and provide a striking contrast with the yellow and orange colored trees on the landscape.  Sassafras are showing bright yellow, orange and red leaves (this is one tree whose leaves can be almost any color), and the witch hazels are now bright yellow with brown streaks along the veins.  I found one cottonwood which was a bright yellow also.  Birch and tulip poplars are now quite distinctive with their yellow leaves.  Fraser magnolias, which have very large and showy leaves displayed in whorls, stand out also.  The leaves of this tree first turn yellow and then morph to a deep chocolate brown, providing a strong contrast with the other species that turn the more traditional red, orange and yellow.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2014

Two California Fall Color Photo Galleries

Updated 10/13/14

Here are links to two galleries of fall colors mentioned on Calphoto

A group of photos for fall color 2014 on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search/?tags=fallcolor2014

Eastern Sierra Bishop to Conway Summit this past Wed. and Sunday by George “Hutch” Hutchinson http://www.digitaldaydreaming.com/es14

There are also some new photos of eastern Sierra Fall Color at California Fall Color today: http://www.californiafallcolor.com/2014/10/13/wind-wind-go-away/

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2014

New Snail Species Named To Celebrate Same-sex Marriage

The Guardian reported

Researchers in Taiwan have taken the unusual step of naming a newly identified species of snail in recognition of same-sex marriage rights. Dubbed Aegista diversifamilia, the hermaphroditic species was so named to reflect the “diversity of sexual orientation in the animal kingdom”, said Dr Yen-Chang Lee, who co-authored the study published on Monday in the journal ZooKeys.

Read full story at New species of snail named in celebration of same-sex marriage | Science | theguardian.com.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2014

Sierra Nevada Fall Color 10/13/14

California Fall Color has a fall color report for a number of Sierra Nevada locations

The Hope Valley and Conway Summit have matured to red and orange with a little yellow.  From these photos, it looks like this was the last peak weekend for them. Convict Lake  at peak, same for Silver Lake (June Lake Loop) and diverted to Dunderberg Meadow Rd, which is another gem.

See photos at California Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2014

San Bernardino Mts. Fall Color 10/13/14

California Fall Color has a fall color report for the San Bernardino Mts.

Lake Gregory, Grass Valley Lake, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear – key fall color destinations in the San Bernardino Mountains – were peaking this weekend,

See photos at California Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 12, 2014

This Week’s California Fall Color Predictions 10/12/14

California Fall Color‘s fall color predictions for the coming week

Best bets for the coming week include: June Lake, Lower Bishop Creek Canyon, Hope Valley, Lake Tahoe and the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains.  Wind is, of course, always a concern and strong breezes on Sunday afternoon may spell trouble for peaked trees. Look for Plumas county to approach peak in the next two weeks.

See reports and photos at California Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 12, 2014

Plumas County Fall Color 10/12/14

Plumas County’s  Awesone Autumn has a new report 10/11/14

Hwy 89 from the Greenville Y to the Taylorsville T is spectacular today!!!! The best fall colors being on the other side of Indian Creek. I would suggest if you are going from Quincy to stop about a 1/4 mile from the Y on 89, there is a pullout on the left hand side of the road or better yet, go about another mile, where you see the Dawn Institutes apple orchard on the left, and there is a big pull out on the right. Park at the pull out and take the short and easy hike down to the creek. The maples on the other side of the creek are like gold lace, with red dogwoods intertwining in between.

See photo and more reports at  Awesome Autumn Fall Color Reports Plumas County Northern California.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 12, 2014

Colorado Fall Color 10/12/14 – updated

Rocky Mt. Nature Photographers has new fall color reports for Colorado Rockies

10/12 County Rd. 5 above Ridgway is pretty much peak as of yesterday – the whole range looking very yellow.  Some leaves still a little greenish, and some stands already bare, but mostly vast stretches of yellow.  The scrub oak is looking nice and orange/red as well.  Today is quite windy – it might blow a lot of those leaves down.

10/12 Sunday-Wednesday last week the Last Dollar Rd., Illium Rd., Telluride to Rico was great.  I’d call it peak in that current tress will be loosing leaves as fast as new trees come in.

10/11 West side of McClure is almost peak. West Kebler Pass is at peak, with a little green here and there. Hardly any leaf loss, yet. Marcelina had the most glorious alpen glow last night, but it just missed lighting up the top. Foggy clouds this morning under the moonlight.

See older reports and some photo links at Photo Critique Forums.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 12, 2014

Fisher Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

Press Release Center for Center for Biological Diversity

Fisher Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection in California, Oregon, Washington

Rare Forest Carnivore, Decimated by Decades of Old-growth Logging and Fur-trapping,
Now Being Poisoned by Marijuana Growers

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Endangered Species Act protection today for a secretive carnivore that lives in old-growth forests in California, Oregon and Washington. The decision to protect the West Coast population of the fisher results from a landmark 2011 settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed protection decisions on 757 imperiled plants and animals across the country; fishers are cat-like, medium-sized members of the weasel family with slender, brown bodies and long, bushy tails. They were extirpated from all of Washington, most of Oregon and half of California by a combination of trapping and logging. They are the only animals that regularly prey on porcupines.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2014

New England Fall Foliage Updates 10/11/14

Yankee Foliage’s Maps are now showing that some of the northern most parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Main are past peak. Most central regions of these areas are at peak. Further south in New England fall color is considered moderate and pre-peak. See map and photo links at New England Foliage Map – Yankee Foliage – Your Source for New England Fall Foliage.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2014

Plumas County Fall Color 10/11/14

Awesome Autumn Fall Color Reports Plumas County Northern California has a number of new reports and photos over the last several days. Here are two of the most useful. You can see more reports and photos at Awesome Autumn Fall Color Reports Plumas County Northern California

10/11/14 Hwy 89 from the Greenville Y to the Taylorsville T is spectacular today!!!! The best fall colors being on the other side of Indian Creek. I would suggest if you are going from Quincy to stop about a 1/4 mile from the Y on 89, there is a pullout on the left hand side of the road or better yet, go about another mile, where you see the Dawn Institutes apple orchard on the left, and there is a big pull out on the right. Park at the pull out and take the short and easy hike down to the creek. The maples on the other side of the creek are like gold lace, with red dogwoods intertwining in between. Bring your camera so that you can capture the memory!!!!!If you havent planned your trip yet, now is the time. The Quincy community is displaying wonderful color right now.

10/9/14 Bucks Lake Rd., right before the summit, has turned, and it is beautiful. The deep reds, rust, and yellow. All of the wonderful fall colors. If you haven’t been on the road in the last few weeks, you need to do it, it won’t last for long.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2014

Pres. Obama Creates San Gabriel Mts. National Monument

The Los Angeles Times reported that  President Obama has officially designated 346,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains as a new national monument.

The monument, formed by re-designating about half of the Angeles National Forest, will be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It comes with no new government money, although advocates hope funds will come from public and private donations and from adjusting the Forest Service budget.

Read full story at Obama officially designates San Gabriel Mountains a national monument – LA Times.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2014

Western Yellow Billed Cuckoo Gets Endangered Protection

Media Release Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office

Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Receives Federal Protection under the Endangered Species Act

Sacramento – The western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo will be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The Service determined that listing a distinct population segment (DPS) of the bird in portions of 12 western states, Canada and Mexico is warranted. In the U.S., the DPS will cover parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 10, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color Update 10/10/14

The Great Smoky Mountains Association has a new fall color report for October 10, 2014

Fall color season is continuing its slow progression in the Great Smoky Mountains. The very highest elevations are showing some impressive golds from yellow birch and American beech trees and a few nice pockets of reds from maples. Overall though, it looks like the peak of color in the Smokies will be on the late side this year. At the higher elevations above 4,000’, this is predicted to be October 12-20.

Along Little River Road, and elsewhere at the lower elevations, early-changing species like blackgum, sourwood, dogwood, sumac, black walnut, buckeye, poison ivy, and Virginia creeper are showing nice color.This is a great time to take a drive on Clingmans Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or Balsam Mountain Road. Little River and Laurel Creek roads also offer pleasant fall scenery. A hike to Andrews Bald on Forney Ridge Trail or along the Appalachian Trail toward Silers Bald would be time well spent. Although there are some cloudy days in the forecast, the moody light often enhances the quality of colors to both the eye and camera.

Look for peak color at the lower and mid elevations at the very end of October and into early November. The warmer, wet weather over the weekend should keep the pace of change on the slow side. Remember, though, it’s much better to be early for the peak of colors in the Smokies, than late.

See older reports at Fall Leaf Color Updates | Great Smoky Mountains Association

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