Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 21, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 5/20/18

The Marin CNPS has new a reports with photos

  •  White Hill, San Geronimo ridge, pine mountain and Kent lake area. Chinese houses, gentian, star flower, red delphinium, larkspur, yellow and orange monkeyflower, more columbine than I’ve ever seen, clarkia everywhere, lupine, and spotted coralroot, different manzanitas, ceanothus, mariposa lily, violet, roses, chaparral pea is in peak bloom, something that looks like a Western azalea (do those grow out here?), Deathcamas, mules ears, Berries, goldfields, poppies, graceful clarkia, several other purple clarkia with varying purple edges etc.

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos

  • Little Black Mountain to Jenner. Sonoma County
  • Temescal Creek Preserve and South Rim areas of the San Diego River Park.

California Wildflower Report a new report with photos

  • Santa Rita Hills
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 21, 2018

Righty Blue whales Sometimes Act Like Lefties

ScienceDaily reports

To support their hulking bodies, blue whales use various acrobatic maneuvers to scoop up many individually tiny prey, filtering the water back out through massive baleen plates. In most cases, the whales roll to the right as they capture their prey, just as most people are right-handed. But, researchers now show that the whales shift directions and roll left when performing 360° barrel rolls in shallow water.

Read story at Righty blue whales sometimes act like lefties, study finds — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2018

Plumas County Wildflowers 5/19/18

Joe Willis reported on his blackoaknaturalist blog that in China Camp he has found Mountain Lady’s Slipper as well as an abundance of blooming False Solomon’s Seal, several Spotted Coralroots, and a few other species of spring wildflowers.

See photos and older posts at blackoaknaturalist

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 5/19/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for May 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 | May 20, 2018

As Climate Warms Bears Hibernate Less

The New York Times  has an article that discusses how bears are hibernating less due to warming  temperatures and the problems this is creating

But as climate change leads to warmer winters, later falls and earlier springs — which can disrupt both food supplies and biological rhythms — American black bears are changing their hibernation routines, scientists say. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. In others, bears are waking from their slumber too early.

Read full story at  As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. And They’re Getting Into Trouble. – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2018

Early Season Mono County Wildflowers 5/18/18

Mono County Tourism reports

  • California Poppies are in full bloom at Topaz Lake right now! – May 18
  • Paintbrush is starting to bloom up McGee Canyon! – May 14
  • First wildflowers at Lower Rock Creek – May 13
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2018

Southern California Wildflower Summary 5/18/18

Theodore Payne has posted a new report 5/18/18 with photos for Southern California. See a pdf of the full report at Theodore Payne. It includes:

  • Garden at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley
  • Bureau of Land Management’s Scenic Byway, which goes between HWY178 and the summit of Nine mile Canyon
  • Hungry Valley SRA
  • Stunt High Trail at Stunt Ranch/Cold Creek Preserve in the Santa Monica Mountains
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont
  • San Jacinto Mountains near Garner Valley
  • Newport Beach area, The Environmental Nature Center
  • Habitat Gardens at Elizabeth Learning Center

Native Plant & Wildflower Events in Southern California

  • Southern California Montane Botanic Garden
    The Wildlands Conservancy, Oak Glen Preserve, 39611 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399. Now through May!
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (
    The California Butterfly Pavilion during garden hours. See all Events at
  • Los Angeles County Natural History Museum
    Sat. April 14 (second Saturdays, Feb.-July, 2018)
    9:30-11 am
    The theme will be plant selection and appreciation with an emphasis on attracting garden wildlife. Free with Museum entrance. Register via 213-763- 3499 Nature Gardens Director, Carol Bornstein, will lead walks with a view to plant selection and wildlife attraction.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 5/16/2018

Oregon Wildflowers  has a new report for Silver Star Mountain

Bear grass starting to bloom lower elevation, not yet boooming near 4000’. Some lupines and penstemon starting. In full bloom: avalanche/glacier lily, saskatoon, some type of deep violet vetch/pea, yellow violets, kinnikinnik, paintbrush, oregon grape, vanilla leaf, oregon iris, salmonberry, bleeding heart, rhododendron, columbian windflower, nuttall’s toothwort, trillium, oregon anemone, woodland strawberry, hooker’s fairybells, camas, false solomon’s seal, star flowered solomon’s seal, b

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2018

Wintering Yellow Warblers Choose Agriculture Over Forest

ScienceDaily reports

Effective conservation for long-distance migrants requires knowing what’s going on with them year-round — not just when they’re in North America during the breeding season. A new study uncovers yellow warblers’ surprising habitat preferences in their winter home in Mexico and raises questions about what their use of agricultural habitat could mean for their future.

Read article at  Wintering warblers choose agriculture over forest — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 5/18/18

The Marin CNPS has new reports and photos for

  • Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve in Marin yesterday.
  • Sonoma Regional Park near Glen Ellen:

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos for

  • ModiniMayacamas, a Preserve of AudubonCanyonRanch ( in the mountains of n.e. SonomaCounty
  • Garner Valley and Ribbonwood, San Jacinto Mountains
  • Greenhorn mountains at just below 4000 ft
  • Piute mountains at about 4000 ft
  • Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve
  • Salt Point State Park, at Gerstle Cove
  • Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2018

Sugarloaf State Park Wildflowers

note: This post refers to how the flowers were a week ago.

Submitted by Sara Silver

For great wildflowers especially in Fire areas where the blooms are unusually dense, Sugarloaf State Park is my recommendation.
My last visit was over a week ago but it’s probably still worth a visit.
Yes, the grasses are very tall and almost overwhelming but you can find clear areas that are populated with hundreds of fairy lanterns, blue eyed grass, irises, vetch, clarkia, lupine, poppies, checkerbloom; the grass is also very colorful und hypnotically beautiful.
Also, there are healthy gardens of flowers completely enclosed beneath the fields of grasses, perhaps enough sun is getting in to the blooms because the grass is so tall (5+feet in some places)?

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2018

In Cities, Wildlife Evolves Astonishingly Fast

National Geographic reports

Animals, plants, and insects adapt to the extreme urban environment—and even to specific subway lines.

…where animals as diverse as blackbirds and bobcats are adapting to their new surroundings, with startling results.

Read  Cities Are Affecting Evolution as Many Species Adapt to Urban Living

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2018

Lassen Park Highway Opens To Traffic 5/27/18

Lassen’s road crew and Cal Trans cleared the last section of snow on the park highway yesterday! With snow clearing complete, Hike and Bike the Highway will occur Saturday, 5/26 and the highway will open to through traffic on Sunday, 5/27 (dates may change if conditions warrant). In the meantime, crews will be busy installing signage, sweeping the road, and preparing facilities. Three cheers to our road crew team and Cal Trans for their assistance with snow clearing this season

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2018

Marin & Sonoma Counties Wildflowers 5/17/18

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has a  new postings of wildflowers in bloom at

  • Sonoma Regional Park near Glen Ellen: At first I saw only weeds like milk thistle on somewhat bare, burnt ground. Then I came to an area filled with C. luteus and another hillside covered in probably hundreds of purple Delphiniums, unfortunately they were still competing with the European grasses that had also rebounded. Other flowers were Linanthus (baby stars), Triphysaria (butter and eggs) and B.elegans (almost sure) – harvest brodiaea. Also  mallow
  • species seen on Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve in Marin yesterday.
  • Taylor Mt. Regional Park, near Santa Rosa, has a very good display of flowers on the Todd Creek Trail. I saw a number of Triteleia/Brodiaea: laxa (lots), hyacinthina, harvest (elegans or coronaria) also some blue dicks, goldfields and a few other species. Sorry, no photos – I left my camera in the car as the wind was blowing hard. I came to see fire flowers and this area had not burned so I moved on. Staff told me that Annadel has good flowers around the lake, but suggested Sonoma Regional Park near Glen Ellen.

See these postings, photos  and others at Marin Native Plants Public Group | Facebook

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2018

Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) Opens May 21

Yosemite National Park News Release

Yosemite National Park Announces that Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00 am.

There will be limited services available along Tioga Road. All campgrounds along Tioga Road remain closed. There is no anticipated opening date for the Tuolumne Meadows store and the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center. There is no gasoline available along Tioga Road. The closest gas station is located at Crane Flat.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2018

Global Big Day Birders Tally A Record 6,906 Species

BirdWatching magazine reports

On May 5, Global Big Day birders tallied nearly 7 out of 10 species known to exist on the planet. That works out to record-shattering results: more than 6,900 bird species recorded by more than 28,000 participants.

Read full story at  Global Big Day birders tally a record 6,906 species — BirdWatching

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 5/16/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for May 16, 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 | May 17, 2018

American Pikas Tolerate Climate Change Better Than Expected

ScienceDaily  reports

The American pika, a relative of rabbits, occupies rocky environments in the mountains of western Northern America. It has been widely thought that pikas could not survive extremes of temperature and thus were at risk of running out of space at the tops of mountains as temperatures rise due to climate change. But is there more to the story?

Read full story at American pikas tolerate climate change better than expected — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2018

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Yuccas Blooming 5/15/18

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks report

The spectacular foothill yuccas are in bloom now. It takes about 4-7 years for a plant to reach maturity and bloom. Producing this large flowering stalk can take 2-3 weeks. This is the last hurrah for the plant – it dies after it finishes blooming. Sometimes it sprouts clones from its base as another way of producing a new plant. The park protects important low elevation habitats for a variety of foothill plants and animals.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2018

Sonoma County Wildflowers 5/15/18

submitted by Timothy Boomer

Sugarstick, Pacific coralroot, and many more flowers are blooming in Sonoma county. Directions, photos, and general musings about non-photosynthesizing plants may be found at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2018

Hungry Valley/ Tejon Pass Wildflowers 5/13/18

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 5/13/18

There are still some scattered poppies throughout the park, especially in the grasslands area and near Edison Campground. The grasslands Wildflower Loop is still worth the drive, though the wildflowers are fading and are mostly congregated in the one area along Powerline between Stipa and Condor trails.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2018

Rise in Tailless Whales off California Has Scientists Concerned

National Geographic reports

Experts say that entanglement in fishing gear and other objects is a likely cause for the gruesome injuries.

When the marine mammals feed in areas with lots of fishing gear, debris, and other human-made objects, ropes and nets can get stuck at the base of their tail, gradually sawing off the fluke or cutting off blood circulation until it withers away.

And the prognosis for these entangled whales is not good: “The majority of them—if not all of them—are going to most likely die from these injuries,” says Justin Viezbecke, California stranding network coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Read full story at Rise in Tailless Whales off California Has Scientists Concerned

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2018

Yosemite Photos and Wildflowers May 11 to 15

I just spent four days at Yosemite for a wedding. Between events I managed to do some wildflower exploring. Most flowers are between 4000 and 6000 feet Dogwoods are in bloom in many parts of the park. They are just past peak at the lower elevations but still coming out at higher ones. The most species were seen at the Wawona Loop Trail. There are also a good number of species including Calochortus minimus. There is a fair amount of Blue Lupines on highway 120 and highway 41 in the park. There were also several patches of the colorful Harlequin Lupine between Cinquapin and the Valley on Highway 41. Crane Flat had very little as it was too early there.

Here is a slideshow of some of the flowers as well as a few animal shots and landscapes.

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click read more to see plant lists

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 5/14/18

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos for

  • Sequoia National Park
  • Pine Flat Road, Mayacamas Mts. Sonoma Co , CA
  • Calaveras County wildflowers 4,000-5,000′ elevation
  • Glendora Ridge Rd, Los Angeles County at around 4,000 ft.
  • Foothills of Ojai
  • Sunol, Alameda County
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2018

Plumas County Wildflowers 5/12/18

Wildflowers in Plumas County, CA reports

Wildflowers starting in Sierra Valley. Balsam root and Larkspur. Check them out at Sierra Valley Preserve off of A24 (Maddalena turn into corral on right or west side)

See photos at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2018

Kruze Rhododendron Reserve 5/12/18

Calphoto has the following report for Kruse Rhododendron Natural Reserve.

Too early for Rhododendrons at Kruse – just a few blooming. Lots of Coralroot orchids, though. Three different species (C. maculata, C. mertensiana, C. striata), and a few remaining Calypso orchids, along with other forest flowers. Along the shoreline bluffs at Salt Point there were many flowers, hunkering down in the wind. A nice cluster of Calochortus tolmiei, large numbers of Brodiaea, expanses of Goldfields, and a very large patch of Yellowbeak owl’s clover (Triphysaria versicolor ssp. versicolor), which is an odd name since it is mostly white with a little pink. A great time to visit this area.

I also found a patch of Coast lily (Lilium maritimum), which is a CNPS 1B.1 rare plant. See my photo in Facebook at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2018

Trump World

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2018

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 5/14/18

Homestead Valley Land Trust  has a new report for May 14.  See map and photos at Homestead Valley Land Trust

– Buckeye trees are starting to open their long cluster flowers. Upper Laverne is lined with them and will be a tunnel of flowers soon.
– California everlasting with its white paper-like flowers blooms in meadows.
– Ithuriel’s spear with its rich blue bell flowers is blooming in meadows.
– Meadow rue has small pink fringe flowers and delicate foliage.
– Ookow has large purple flower clusters and is blooming below Amaranth.
– Purple woodsorrel, native of South Africa, blooms with a magenta flowers.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 5/14/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for May 14, 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 | May 14, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 5/12/2018

Oregon Wildflowers  has a new report for Rowena Plateau

Balsamroot, fiddleneck, western buttercup, penstemon, vetch, bachelor button, western wall flower, lupine, Oregon sunshine.

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