Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 24, 2018

Another Carson Pass Wildflower Report 6/23/18

submitted by Timothy Boomer

Another Carson Pass update: I hiked the Woods, Winnemucca, Round Top Lake loop on Saturday, and had a wonderful time. It’s still too early for the big show, but there are still many early season wildflowers out and about. I saw spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa), mountain pride (Penstemon newberryi), wavy leaf Indian paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei), Alpine paintbrush (Castilleja nana), mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus), whiskerbrush (Leptosiphon ciliatus), Sierra penstemon (Penstemon heterodoxus), Brewer’s mountain heather (Phyllodoce breweri), one-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma), Mount Hood pussypaws (Cistanthe umbellata – these are not as common in the area; I only noticed them between Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes.), stickseed (Hackelia sp.), subalpine fleabane (Erigeron glacialis var. glacialis), California hesperochiron (Hesperochiron californicus), white marsh marigold (Caltha leptosepala), larkspur (Delphinium sp. I only noticed these on the road in, but didn’t take the time to further identify them.), seep monkeyflower (Erythranthe guttata), sparse-flowered bog orchid (Platanthera sparsiflora – just getting started, but there are some flowers), Wright’s blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia torreyi var. wrightii), mountain pretty face (Triteleia ixioides ssp. anilina), violet (Viola purpurea I think), double-flowered honeysuckle (Lonicera conjugialis – just starting, but there are some flowers – about 5 minutes from the trailhead towards Winnemucca Lake), sanddune wallflower (Erysimum perenne), mountain pennyroyal (Monardella odoratissima ssp. pallida), longhorn steer’s head (Dicentra uniflora – only a dozen or so left – above Winnemucca Lake, near the Mt. Hood pussypaws), Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium californicum), Alpine shooting star (Primula tetrandra), Alpine ivesia (Ivesia gordonii), rock star (Lithophragma glabrum), and many more with which I’m not yet familiar. It definitely won’t be a waste of a trip for the wildflower enthusiast!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 24, 2018

Muir Woods Preservation Plans To Begin

The National Park Service has initiated a series of projects to ensure the preservation and health of Muir Woods. Read about them from the National Park Service at Redwood Renewal Begins and the New York Times story With a Little Help, Muir Woods Reclaims Its Land

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2018

Carson Pass Wildflowers 6/22/18

Carson Pass Information Station reports Blue Flag Iris are blooming on the Meiss Lake Trail  on 6/22/18 and Frog lake was popping, 6/19. 10 species at the lake at least. 8 more from station to Winnimucca Lake.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 6/18/18

Oregon Wildflowers has reports

Bachelor Mountain  in the Williamette National Forest 6/18/18 Flowers in bloom. No bear grass. Either to early or not a good yr. for the bear grass.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2018

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 6/2018

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

Many wildflowers are blooming along park roadsides, particularly along Stevens Canyon Road. The western half of the road near Reflection Lakes is dominated by avalanche lilies and rosy spirea. On the lower elevation eastern half of the road near Box Canyon, look for yellow monkeyflower and columbine, among others.

Meanwhile, subalpine meadows still have significant patches of snow cover.

Read more  and see photos at https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wildflower-status.htm 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2018

Eastern Sierra Wildflowers 6/23/18

California Wildflower Report has a number of posts and photos from the eastern Sierra Nevada including June Lake, Mammoth Lakes Scenic Loop , Rock Creek,  Long Lake, Little Lakes Valley trail and Monitor Pass

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Trump Administration Moves to Gut National Environmental Policy Act

Environmental Review Rollbacks Would Slash Protections for Air, Water, Wildlife 

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today launched the largest rollback in history to the protections for air, water and wildlife provided by the National Environmental Policy Act.

In a request for public comment on “potential revisions,” the president’s Council on Environmental Quality initiated the assault on regulations outlining the 48-year-old law’s longstanding requirements for robust environmental assessments before approval of federal projects.

“The Trump administration is taking a sledgehammer to the review process that allows scientists and the public to have a say on federal projects that harm clean air, water and wildlife,” said Paulo Lopes, public lands policy specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “This is the beginning of the largest rollback in the history of the National Environmental Policy Act, and it will yield polluted air, dirty water and devastation for our beautiful public lands.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 22, 2018

Mammals Go Nocturnal To Avoid Humans

The New York Times reports

Mammals across the globe are becoming increasingly nocturnal to avoid humans’ expanding presence, according to the study, published Thursday in Science magazine. The findings show that humans’ presence alone can cause animals across continents — including coyotes, elephants and tigers — to alter their sleep schedules.

Read story at  Mammals Go Nocturnal in Bid to Avoid Humans – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 21, 2018

National Pollinator Week

The Xerces Society writes

It is National Pollinator Week, a time each year when we pause to celebrate bees, butterflies, and other pollinators and recognize everything that they bring into our lives, from fruits and vegetables to fibers for the fabrics we wear to the beauty of spring-time meadows and the pumpkins we carve into eerie Halloween jack-o’-lanterns.

For the Xerces Society, however, every week is pollinator week! Thanks to the generous support of our donors — individuals, foundations, agencies, and companies — we now have pollinator conservation specialists based in 16 states. Their work reaches wider, with new habitat installed or planned in 25 states and workshops presented in all 50. As a result, nearly 700,000 acres of pollinator habitat have been restored or protected in the last decade — including 270,000 acres last year alone — and tens of thousands of people learn how to protect pollinators each year.

Read more about pollination in their June Enewsletter

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2018

Island Lake Wildflowers

California Wildflower Hikes has a detailed trip report with plant lists, photos, and trail descriptions for Island Lake which is one of many lakes in the Grouse Ridge area of Nevada County, California. See the posting at Island Lake Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 6/19/18

Marin CNPS has the following new posts and photos:

  • Alpine Lake on Mt. Tamalpais  and Kent trail 6/19/18
  • ‘CARSON RIDGE: FROM AZALEA HILL TO SAN GERONIMO RIDGE JUNCTION
  •  Sausalito to Tennessee Valley via the Oakwood Valley Trail 6/16/18

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos

  • San Pasqual valley, CA
  • Idyllwild Creek near the Deer Springs trail
  • Fobes Saddle Trail, San Jacinto Mountains, Riverside County
  • Alta Vista gardens. Vista, CA
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 6/19/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for June 19, 2018 at the Pine Ridge Association website with photos and a list of flowers now in bloom at: Henry W. Coe – Wildflower Guide.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2018

2018 Carson Pass Walks & Hikes

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 19, 2018

Wildflowers in Plumas County & Lassen Volcanic Park 

The St. Bernard Lodge blog has a post on wildflowers of Lassen National Park and Plumas County

Late spring and early summer are the best times to view wildflowers in Plumas County and Lassen Volcanic Park. The forests in and around Plumas County are

See posting of where and when to see Lassen Volcanic Park and Plumas County Wildflowers at Wildflowers in Plumas County & Lassen Volcanic Park | St. Bernard Lodge blog

Also check out the blackoaknaturalist blog for photos for photos of wildflowers seen in the last few days at Mill Creek, La Porte and Jackson Creek Trail over the last few days

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 19, 2018

Victory For Florida Park, Wild Lands & Everglades

Earth Justice News Release

FLORIDA JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF CONSERVATION GROUPS ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR LAND ACQUISITION

Ruling is a major victory for conservation in Florida

The following is a statement by Alisa Coe of Earthjustice, one of the attorneys who represents plaintiffs Florida Wildlife Federation, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, The Sierra Club and Manley Fuller:

“Today’s decision is a big victory for the millions of Florida voters who demanded that the legislature reinstate land buying programs for parks, wild lands and the Everglades. Four million Floridians approved a constitutional amendment to devote almost a billion dollars a year to purchasing conservation lands. The legislature and agencies thumbed their noses at the voters by spending the money on other things. This ruling will help protect some of Florida’s most beautiful and environmentally important areas for generations to come.

“In 2014, an overwhelming three out of four Florida voters approved the Land and Water Acquisition Amendment to the state constitution—it was the most popular item on the entire statewide ballot that year. Today’s ruling means that the state must honor the voters’ will to preserve our precious natural resources through conservation.”

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 18, 2018

PLANT POACHERS CONVICTED

California  Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release

SUCCULENT PLANT POACHERS CONVICTED IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Three defendants in a succulent plant poaching case out of Humboldt County have each pled guilty to two felonies and other misdemeanor charges, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office announced. Felony convictions included conspiracy and false filings with the government, and misdemeanor convictions included removal of plant material from public lands and commercial sales of plants removed from public lands.

The succulent plants at the center of the investigation are called Dudleyas. They grow in unique niches close to the coastline, typically on cliffsides immediately adjacent to the water. The poachers had a network of buyers in Korea and China, where Dudleya are valued as a trendy houseplant.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 17, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 6/16/18

The Marin CNPS has new a report with photos

  • There are still plenty of flowers up on White’s Hill and in Tamarancho! June 16

California Wildflower Report has new posts and photos

  • Forest Road 22S19 off Sherman Pass Road in the Sequoia National Forest offers Durrwood, Round and Mosquito Meadows to explore. This area is the head waters of Brush Creak and is the first drainage on the west side of the Kern Plateau. This years bloom is just starting so come on up and enjoy!!! June 14,2018.
  • Wild irises are in full bloom around Bridgeport, CA June 13
  • Convict Lake June 15
  • Pine Creek. Round Valley. 6/14/18.
  • Mill Canyon to Rissue Canyon to Little WalkerRiver Canyon to Aurora Canyon etc.. Found massive fields of Mule Ears and Wild Iris! Best displays between 6500′ and 8000′ elevation and moving up. June 14
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 17, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 6/12/18

Oregon Wildflowers has reports from the last week Click on location to see reports

Location Area/City State Visited
East Mountain Trail OR 06/12/2018
Paisley OR 06/10/2018
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 17, 2018

The Best Sierra Wildflower Site I Didn’t Know About

I recently discovered a website called “Tuolumne Wildflowers – A Site for Wildflower Enthusiasts”. Although it hasn’t been updated for years (probably the reason many of us don’t know about it)  it has great plant lists for 32 locations in the Sierra Nevada.  Check it out at Locations/Blooms – Tuolumne Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 16, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 6/15/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for June 15, 2018 at the Pine Ridge Association website with photos and a list of flowers now in bloom at: Henry W. Coe – Wildflower Guide.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 16, 2018

Reduction In Wildlife Refuge Staff & Visitor Hours

The Trump administration has now cut staff at national wildlife refuges and is causing the visitor centers to close down two days a week during the busy summer months. The National Bison Range in Montana — the 10th most visited refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System — announced its visitor center will no longer be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, despite the park still being open to guests. We will keep you posted on other closing visitor centers. Please keep in mind this will deny some access to basic visitor amenities, like the public bathrooms. #SaveOurWildlifeRefuges
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 15, 2018

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 6/14/18

Currently Blooming

Devil’s club (Oplopanax horridus) is notorious among hikers for its thorn-covered stems and leaves, but it is also a common flowering shrub of Pacific Northwest forests. Its tall spikes of greenish-white flowers will become bright red berries by mid-summer. The berries are a popular food among bears and other wildlife.

Read more  and see photos at https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wildflower-status.htm 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 15, 2018

Yosemite: Mariposa Grove Reopens Today

Yosemite National Park News Release

Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials today dedicated the newly restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias following a landmark project to protect the ancient trees and reestablish the area’s natural serenity.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 14, 2018

Highway 1 Big Sur To Open Early

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Highway 1 through Big Sur will open  two months earlier than expected

Highway 1 at Mud Creek south of Big Sur will re-open by the end of July, Caltrans said.

Read article at  Highway 1 near Big Sur to reopen two months early after huge landslide – SFGate

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 14, 2018

Plumas County Orchids 6/13/18

The blackoaknaturalist has a new post focusing on the orchids he has been seeing at China Camp and Butterfly Valley. He found Lady Slipper Orchids, Spotted Coral Root, Rein Orchid and Stream Orchid as well as many other wildflowers. See his post and photos at Celebrating Orchids.

 

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 14, 2018

Steep Decline In Farmland Birds

National Geographic  reports on the global decline of farmland birds

the results of a survey of France’s bird populations. The findings, which grabbed headlines around the world, were grim; since 1989, France’s farmland bird populations have shrunk by a third.

In the U.K., farmland bird populations have collapsed by more than half since 1970, with much of the crash occurring by the 1980s. Since 1980, Europe’s total farmland-bird population shrunk by 300 million birds. And in Canada and the United States, 74 percent of farmland bird species shrank in number from 1966 to 2013.

Read full story at Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 13, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 6/12/18

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos

  • El Cajon Mountain, San Diego County 6-12-18
  • Backbone Trail (BBT) in the Santa Monica Mountains 6-12-18
  • Spitler Peak Trail 6/9/2018
  • Encinitas, CA. San diego botanical gardens 6-11-18
  • Verdugo Mountains off La Tuna Canyon 6-10-18

California Wildflower Report has new posts and photos

  • Between Caspar and Fort Bragg, Mendocino County on 6-10-18
  • Hearst Willits Rd./Canyon Rd. area in Mendocino County 6-9-18
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 13, 2018

Another Endangered Species Act Success Story

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Rare Colorado Butterfly Plant’s Recovery an Endangered Species Act Success

Flower Bounces Back Despite Front Range Sprawl

DENVER— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections for the Colorado butterfly plant, a flower species that has made a rapid recovery thanks to this life-saving environmental law.

The flower was threatened by urban sprawl along the Front Range of Colorado and southern Wyoming. But the Fish and Wildlife Service says it no longer needs federal protection. If delisted, the agency plans to continue monitoring the plant.

“The pink flowers atop the Colorado butterfly plant’s long stalks will continue to bloom thanks to the Endangered Species Act,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Even as development transforms Colorado and southern Wyoming, this science-based law has created safe havens for this and many other plants found nowhere else in the world.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 12, 2018

Court Orders Pruitt to Produce his Alternative Climate Science

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility News Release

COURT ORDERS PRUITT TO PRODUCE HIS ALTERNATE CLIMATE SCIENCE

EPA Must Look for Any Scientific Study Supporting Pruitt’s Doubts on Human Role

A federal court has rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to search for scientific information Administrator Scott Pruitt relied upon in claiming that human activity is not a “primary contributor” to climate change, according to a ruling upholding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The agency must also produce any studies EPA possesses that support Pruitt’s stated skepticism of anthropogenic climate change by July 11.

In a March 9, 2017 interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Pruitt stated with respect to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases created by human activity “I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” He added “there’s a tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact” of “human activity on the climate….” The next day PEER filed a FOIA request asking to see the studies upon which Pruitt based his claim and whether there are any EPA scientific studies that find human activity is not the largest factor driving global climate change.

Not only did EPA fail to respond within the statutory deadline, but even after PEER filed suit to compel production the agency contended that it would not respond because the suit is “a trap” in the form of an improper “interrogation” and a “fishing expedition” to explore Pruitt’s “personal opinion.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 11, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 6/10/18

The Marin CNPS has new a reports with photos

  • Ring Mountain
  • Mt. Tamalpais
  • Marin Headlands

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos

  • Verdugo Mountains off La Tuna Canyon
  • Mt. wilson Trail
  • Lake Elsinore

California Wildflower Report has new posts and photos

  • Kings Canyon
  • Whitney Portal and Whitney Trail
  • Kennedy Meadow

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