Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 22, 2017

Birding Emeryville Shoreline 10/22/17

We went birding at the Emeryville Shoreline today. It was high tide and the shorebirds were roosting on the rocky shoreline next to the road.  There were very large numbers of Marbled Godwits and Willet with some Whimbrel, Western Sandpipers, Black Turnstone and Dunlin mixed in. We identified 28 species. Also seen were Painted Lady and Monarch Butterflies and a Harbor Seal. Native Plants in bloom, most likely planted, were Gum Plant, Ceanothus and Zauschneria. Click read more to see today’s bird list

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 22, 2017

Fire-stricken Birds Flee Smoky North Bay

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on how the fires have effected birds in the Northern Bay area

Birds, their feathers dusted with ash and their lungs choked by smoke, are turning up in Bay Area parks and backyards in droves as wildfires continue to sizzle across Northern California, experts say.

Read story at  Fire-stricken birds are fleeing the smoky North Bay. Heres where theyre roosting. – SFGate

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 22, 2017

Sea Turtle Populations Improving

The New York Times reports

found that globally, most populations of sea turtles are bouncing back after historical declines. Their research helps clarify why some conservation and research groups have reported both increases and decreases for individual nesting sites over the past decade.

Read full article at  Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 21, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color 10/20/17

Great Smoky Mountains National Park  reports

Colors at mid-elevations, from 3,000-5,000 feet, are becoming impressive as we continue to meander through the autumn season. Though the high elevation trees are past peak, the upper elevation overlooks offer fantastic viewing opportunities of the mid-elevation color change.
At the lower elevations, an array of fall colors is quickly developing. Next week’s forecasted cooler weather should help the remaining green leaves to begin their color change. Black gum, dogwood, sumacs, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are present on tulip poplar, black walnut, birch, beech, spicebush, and hickories.
Good places to see fall color include Little River Road, Newfound Gap Road, Rich Mountain Road, Cataloochee Valley and Deep Creek.

Suggested hikes: Medcalf Bottoms Trail to Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, Sutton Ridge Overlook (Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail), Kephart Prong Trail, or the Juney Whank Falls Loop trail in Deep Creek.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 21, 2017

New England Fall Color 10/21/17

New England Today ‘s map shows past peak color in northern New Hampshire, the northern tip of Vermont, and  eastern Maine. It is now peak in the rest of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts.  The rest of New England is showing moderate pre-peak color. Check out the map and follow fall color changes at Live Fall Foliage Map – New England Today

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 21, 2017

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color 10/20/2017

Asheville NC Fall Foliage Color 2017 reports

October 20, 2017 Update: Color continues to spread to the lower elevations. Best color now is roughly the 3,500-5,000 foot elevation zone. Unfortunately, our record heat for the last few weeks have taken a toll in many areas (combined with winds from two tropical systems). So it’s definitely not our best year for a brilliant color show so far. But our views are still gorgeous and leaves are still mostly green. Many higher areas above 5,000 feet elevation are brown or bare. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, find best color in the Mt Pisgah and Linville Falls areas. It will be the busiest weekend of the year on the Parkway, so be patient. Watch for more updates on our Facebook page.
Weather Outlook: Finally, fall weather this week with seasonable temperatures and lots of sun. So bring a jacket since it will be chilly especially in the higher mountains.

 

All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in their east Antarctic colony, in a breeding season described as “catastrophic” by experts.
It was caused by unusually high amounts of ice late in the season, meaning adults had to travel further for food.
It is the second bad season in five years after no chicks survived in 2015.

Read full story at Penguins die in ‘catastrophic’ Antarctic breeding season – BBC News

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 20, 2017

Birding The Richmond Bay Trail 10/20/17

Today I went birding along the Richmond Bay Trail with a group of Golden Gate Audubon Docents on the Richmond Bay Trail. We walked out and back between the Central Av. Trailhead and Meeker Slough. Highlights included seeing two Ridgway’s Rails, including one flying across the path, a Kingfisher, a pair of Canvasback Ducks, Black-crowned Night-herons by the first bridge and in the trees by the parking lot, a pair of White-tailed kites making several appearances. We identified 54 different species. See bird list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40030412 .

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 20, 2017

Shasta Cascade Fall Color 10/20/17

California Fall Color reports on the Shasta Cascade region

Trinity Another of the areas Near Peak to Peaking in the Shasta Cascade region is Trinity County.
Trinity Heritage Scenic Byway (CA-3), by Lewiston, which requires a detour (Trinity Dam Blvd.) from the route.From Redding, head west on CA-299 toward Weaverville (great color, plus a fascinating historic downtown and Joss House State Historic Park – all worth seeing). Trinity Dam Blvd. is a couple of miles before the turn north onto the scenic byway (CA-3).
Her route along the scenic byway traveled north from Weaverville on Hwy 3, past Trinity Lake, Trinity Center, the Trinity Alps and Etna, Scott Valley, the Marble Mountains and Ft. Jones, finding “fabulous” fall colors that have “popped out brightly all over and just about at the same time!”She estimates that the route is at full peak, though this is an area that should stay good through early November.
Trinity Heritage Scenic Byway, CA-3 – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
See photos at It Hasta Be Shasta: Trinity Scenic Byway – California Fall Color

Meadow Valley Sugar maples are exotic trees (native to eastern Canada and the northeast U.S.), known for their brilliant fall color.
Meadow Valley is eight miles west of Quincy on the old Beckwourth Trail where Black Bart robbed stage coaches in the late 1870s. The town was settled around 1850.
It sits at the base of Spanish Peak in the Plumas National Forest, which is full of native aspen, maple, dogwood, cottonwood, pine and fir.
“CA-89 from CA-70 towards Taylorsville, Greenville and Chester is very beautiful, with a lot of color along Indian Creek.”
Meadow Valley – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW
See photos at Meadow Valley

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 20, 2017

Sierra Passes Closed: Highways 120, 108 and 4 on 10/20/17

Last night the Yosemite Blog reported

The Tioga Road and Tioga Pass will be closing at 5pm today, Thursday October 19, 2017, due to the possibility of snow from an approaching weather front. The road will be evaluated Friday morning to determine if it will reopen or remain closed for the season. Currently no overnight parking is allowed along the Tioga Road or the Glacier Point Road.

If the Tioga Road closes Highway 4 (Ebbets Pass) and Highway 108 (Sonora Pass) will most likely close as well.

Please call 209-372-0200 (press 1 then 1) for the most up-to-date road conditions.

Source: Tioga Pass Closing at 5pm – YosemiteBlog.com

At 7:38 am  this morning CalTrans reports:

SR 120

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS CLOSED FROM CRANE FLAT TO 3.5 MI WEST OF THE NORTH JCT OF US 395 /TIOGA PASS/ (TUOLUMNE, MONO CO) – DUE TO SNOW – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE [YOSEMITE NAT’L PARK] FOR YOSEMITE NAT’L PARK ROAD INFORMATION CALL 209-372-0200

SR 108

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS CLOSED FROM 26.4 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO) TO 3 MI WEST OF THE JCT OF US 395 (MONO CO) /SONORA PASS/ – DUE TO SNOW – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 8.7 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY TO 10 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO)

SR 4

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA]IS CLOSED FROM 0.5 MI EAST OF THE JCT OF SR 207 /MT REBA TURNOFF/ TO THE JCT OF SR 89 /EBBETTS PASS/ (ALPINE CO) – DUE TO SNOW – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 3.5 MI EAST OF COTTAGE SPRINGS (CALAVERAS CO) TO THE MT REBA TURNOFF (ALPINE CO) 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM UPPER MORAN RD /IN ARNOLD/ TO BIG TREES STATE PARK ENTRANCE (CALAVERAS CO) FROM 060

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 20, 2017

Eastern National Forests Fall Color 9/29/17

Eastern Region National Forests reports

Indiana

Hoosier National Forest

What a change one week makes; the Hoosier National Forest is starting to pop with more color! The sweet gums are turning their dark reds and oranges while the sassafras and dogwoods are showing off reds as well. Hickories are brightening up the forest as the maple branches become tipped in their wonderful brilliant hues. The understory continues to be colorful. Next week should bring much more color to southern Indiana. Temperatures over the weekend are to warm back up into the high 70’s during the day with night time temps in the upper 40’s and low 50’s. Festivals are all around so come and enjoy the Forest!

Michigan

Hiawatha National Forest The Hiawatha National Forest is full of color. We are in peak colors with bright oranges, vibrant yellows and deep, rich reds all around us. For a beautiful drive, check out Forest Road 2066, which is lined with trees displaying full fall color. There are color surprises everywhere you look, such as bright red mushrooms springing up in a bog. This upcoming week will be the best time of this fall’s color season to see the leaves in all of their majesty.

Huron-Manistee National Forests On the Huron side of the Huron-Manistee National Forests, about 70 % of the trees have turned color and are in mid-peak or are near peak. Colors are very noticeable along most parts of the forest, especially along roadways and rivers. The other 30 percent of the trees are at or beyond peak colors. The eastern side consists of thicker areas of pine, but the sporadic hard woods in between show vibrant colors. Over the next two weeks is the ideal time to enjoy the fall colors on the eastern side, especially at outlook areas such as Lumberman’s monument.

On the Manistee side, progress remains slow in some areas while individual trees or small stands are now showing peak colors. As temperatures continue to cool overnight, frequently getting into the 30s and 40s, the pace of change is expected to accelerate over the next week. Peak colors may occur as late as Halloween in some areas.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 20, 2017

Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

EarthSky reports

This weekend presents the Orionid meteor shower at its best, and tonight – the night of October 20-21, 2017 – may well be the shower’s peak night. Late Saturday night and Sunday morning may be good times to watch as well. On both of these nights, meteors should become visible starting at late evening. They’ll probably be most prolific in the few hours before dawn on October 21, but try watching before dawn on October 22, too.

From a dark site, you might see a maximum of about 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

Fortunately, today is only one day after new moon, so there’ll be no moonlight to ruin this year’s Orionid meteor shower.

Read more at: Orionid meteor shower peak tonight! | Tonight | EarthSky

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 20, 2017

Voting flap Hits New Zealand’s Bird of The Year Poll

The BBC reports

New Zealand’s ‘Bird of the Year’ poll has been hit by vote-fixing claims for the second time in three years.

The prestigious, and, some would say, heated competition is run by the country’s Forest and Bird organisation, and has run into controversy just three days after its launch, Newshub reports.

It appears that one unnamed Christchurch citizen has been flouting the “one person, one vote” rule by setting up 112 email accounts to cast votes for a certain avian variety.

Read full story via Voting flap hits New Zealand’s Bird of the Year poll – BBC News

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 19, 2017

Mammoth Fall Color 10/18/17

Eastern Sierra Fall Color  ( on Facebook)r eports

Mammoth just sent out a Fall color report dated October 16th declaring, among other things that certain well-known locations are “75%–100% PEAK” when they are decidedly past

Sorry, but if leaves on a tree or shrub are brown, black, grey or heavily spotted or the tree is bare that is PAST PEAK.

You may still find color and/or get wonderful images, but don’t be misled into thinking you’re experiencing prime time Autumn. This has been a public service announcement.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 19, 2017

Fed Attempt To Destroy Alaskan Wilderness

Wilderness Society News Release

Feds are trying to destroy Izembek wilderness with backroom deal

According to a story published in The Washington Post today, the Trump administration has been secretly planning a land swap between the federal government and King Cove Corporation that would allow construction of a controversial road through a designated wilderness area in Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. In response, The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Alaska Regional Director Nicole Whittington-Evans:

“This is an appalling move by the Trump administration to bypass the public process and cut a sneaky, backroom deal that not only would harm Izembek Refuge, but will threaten all of our nation’s refuges, public lands, and many of our bedrock environmental laws.  This proposed road is an economic-development project for the community of King Cove, and taxpayers should be outraged at this secretive attempt to gut a globally important wildlife refuge—which belongs to all Americans—by transferring public lands to private ownership.

“The Izembek land exchange and road proposal have been considered many times—most recently through an exhaustive, scientific study by the U.S. Interior Department, which determined that the road should not be built and that it would harm the very species the refuge was established to protect,” Whittington-Evans added.

“The Army Corps of Engineers in 2015 issued a report emphasizing that several alternatives to a road would effectively meet the emergency needs of King Cove residents. If this were about medical evacuations, as road proponents claim, the government should be talking about other options that would result in faster and more reliable transportation, instead of conspiring to strip protections from the Izembek refuge.”

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 18, 2017

California Fall Color Reports 10/18/17

California Fall Color has a few more new reports as well as photos from a fall color contest:

Hope Valley Past Peak color can still be beautiful
Hope Valley – Past Peak – You Missed It.  See photos at  Past Peak Can Still Be BeautifulLee Vining the canyon  as Past Peak, there was so much orange color in some of the groves, they’re definitely at Peak though about to fall.
Lee Vining Canyon – Peak to Past Peak (You Almost Missed It.)  See photos at Lee Vining Starting to Go

Burney Falls/Lassen National Park  Burney Falls is constantly fed by an underground stream that flows at a rate of 379 million liters a day (imagine that in terms of soda bottles). The water permeates through and flows over a 129-foot tall wall of rock that is covered with lush green ferns.
The pool below the falls (a waterfall is one drop, falls are many) has every imaginable blue in it (indigo, cerulean, cobalt, turquoise) and the wall in autumn is topped with vivid orange, yellow and lime colors.
“At McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, the black oak trees are turning yellow, orange, and rusty red. There are some that have already reached peak color–for instance, those along Burney Creek just above where it plunges down the Falls. Elsewhere, though, the leaves are only beginning to change.

“At Lassen Volcanic National Park, willows along Manzanita Lake range from Peak to Past Peak, and the grasses and other ground shrub have turned a nice golden hue. It’s unclear how long the color will last there, so I would recommend that folks GO NOW! before color disappears and winter weather settles in.”
The Shasta Cascade region is now a go-to destination to find great fall color, with Plumas County, Lassen Volcanic and Burney Falls at Peak.McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW
See photos at Burney Falls Bubbles with Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 18, 2017

Mono County Fall Color 10/18/17

Mono County Tourism reports Updated October 18, 2017 – Last call for Fall Colors in Mono County!  See photos at Mono County Tourism

Many places are ripe with Fall Color right now and it won’t be much longer before we have to say goodbye to some of our favorite foliage destinations. This week will be your last chance to see places like Lower Rock Creek Road, McGee Creek Road, Convict Lake, Conway Summit, Lundy Canyon, Summers Meadow Road, Twin Lakes Bridgeport and Lower Lee Vining Canyon.
A wind event is predicted to hit the Eastern Sierra over the next few days but we will certainly have Fall Color that will last until the end of October. The West Walker River, June Lake Loop and the towns of Walker, Coleville and Topaz are notorious for having great color into November and should be on your “to-see” list for next week.
Want to get up-to-date Fall Color information?  Follow us at Facebook.com/VisitEasternSierra and Instagram.com/MonoCountyTourism for daily pictures and conditions.

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ
Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Past Peak
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – Past Peak
Walker Canyon (5,200′)- 75-100% GO NOW! – The banks of the West Walker River are lined with gold! Take the Little Walker River Road to Obsidian Campground for additional leafy delight.
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 50-75% Go Now! – The big cottonwoods along US 395 are coming along nicely and should be perfect even after the storm this weekend. Head up to Topaz Lake for spectacular lake shots.
Sonora Pass (9,623′)- Past Peak

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES
Twin Lakes (7,000′) –  75-100% GO NOW! – Still great color along Upper and Lower Twin lakes and down Robinson Creek into the campgrounds.
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) – Past Peak
Conway Summit (8,143′)- 100% GO NOW! – Only a few groves still standing at Conway Summit this morning. It still has some great photo opps but likely won’t last long.
Summers Meadow (7,200′) – 100% GO NOW!  – The majority of this spectacular valley is past peak but you can still find sections of wonderful color.

LEE VINING
Tioga Pass & Lee Vining Canyon
 (9,943′) – 75-100% GO NOW! – The upper elevations of Tioga Pass are now past peak but lower Lee Vining Canyon all the way down to Mono Lake are ripe with color.
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′)- 75-100% GO NOW! – Lundy Canyon Trail is now past peak and the leaves were barely hanging on at the beaver ponds but there is still wonderful color along the road and campground.

BENTON & 120 EAST
Sagehen Summit (8,139’) – Past Peak

JUNE LAKE LOOP
June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – 75-100% – GO NOW! We were at the June Lake Loop this morning and it’s simply spectacular with peaking color all around the loop. Go now before the storm hits!
Parker Lake (8,000′) – Past Peak

MAMMOTH LAKES
Follow Visit Mammoth on Instagram and Facebook for more!
Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – 75-100% Go Now!  – Good color still around town and at the Snowcreek Ponds but past peak in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK/CONVICT LAKE
McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – 75-100% Go Now!  – McGee Creek Canyon is now past peak but there is terrific color along the road and pack station.
Around Crowley community (6,781′) – 75-100% Go Now! Full peak around the US 395 elevation from Tom’s Place to McGee Creek.
Convict Lake (7850′) 75-100% GO NOW!  – Full Peak to past peak as you will find great color all around the lake with patchy section of leaves that have fallen off.

ROCK CREEK CANYON
Rock Creek Road (9,600’) – 75-100% Go Now!  – Peak colors at the lower levels of Rock Creek Road down to Tom’s Place. The upper sections of the road are all now past peak.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 18, 2017

New York Fall Foliage 10/18/17

Fall Foliage in New York reports for the Week of October 18 – 24, 2017

Foliage change continues to slowly progress across New York State, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Areas in eight of the state’s 11 vacation regions should experience peak foliage this weekend. I LOVE NEW YORK defines “peak” foliage as the period when the leaves are displaying their best overall appearance of the season.

Foliage will range from midpoint of change to past peak in the Adirondacks this weekend. Essex County spotters in Ticonderoga expect peak foliage this weekend with 95 percent or more change with bright autumn shades of orange and red. Spotters in Crown Point predict 70-95 percent color change, with increasing color change as you climb away from Lake Champlain. Lingering greens are mixed with average shades of gold, yellow, bronze, orange and russet, along with a few shades of red.

Shades of yellow, orange and rust, along with some pockets of red leaves, will be found throughout Warren County. The northern portion of the county will be near peak, while the southern portion will be around midpoint of change.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 18, 2017

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color 10/18/2017

Asheville NC Fall Foliage Color 2017 reports

Color continues to spread to the lower elevations. Best color now is roughly the 3,500-5,000 foot elevation zone. Unfortunately, our record heat for the last few weeks have taken a toll in many areas (combined with winds from two tropical systems). So it’s definitely not our best year for a brilliant color show so far. But our views are still gorgeous and leaves are still mostly green. Many higher areas above 5,000 feet elevation are brown or bare. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, find best color in the Mt Pisgah and Linville Falls areas. Watch for more updates on our Facebook page.
Weather Outlook: Finally, fall weather this week with seasonable temperatures and lots of sun. So bring a jacket since it will be chilly especially in the higher mountains.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 18, 2017

Maine Fall Color 10/18/17

Maine Foliage Home reports

 

Peak Conditions in Most of Maine

(AUGUSTA, Maine) – The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s final foliage report shows past peak conditions in zones 6 and 7. Central and coastal Maine (zones 1, 2 and 3) are at 70 to 100 percent color change. Moderate to high leaf drop is also reported throughout the state.

“While the upcoming weather forecast calls for warm weather, the recent cooler weather will help push the remaining zones to peak or near-peak conditions by this weekend. Leaf peepers will still find spotty green in a lot of the deciduous trees along the immediate coast where we were fortunate enough to escape the recent frost, but don’t wait, the weather can change dramatically between now and October 31,” according to Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 18, 2017

Marin & San Francisco Native Plant Sales 10/21/17

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 17, 2017

California Fall Color Reports part 2 10/17/17

California Fall Color has a few more new reports as well as photos from a fall color contest:

Feather River – As peak color declines in the Southern and Eastern Sierra, color spotters look for other areas to satisfy their appetite for fall color.
The Feather River Scenic Byway in the Northern Sierra is one such destination. This route follows the North Fork of the Feather River 130 miles east/west across Butte and Plumas Counties on State Highway 70.
The byway has extraordinarily diverse terrain and is a showcase of engineering marvels including seven power houses that make up California’s “Stairway of Power” hydroelectric power generating system, impressive railroad trestles (one crossed by a highway bridge – providing for an amazing photograph) and grades and tunnels.
It’s all accessible by CA-70, an impressive accomplishment in its own right. Trailheads to many paths, including the Pacific Crest Trail, lead from it and to superb fall color viewing.
In mid to late October, fall color in Plumas and Butte Counties is peaking. Quincy, the Plumas County seat is a great starting point for exploring the region.
Because Plumas County does not have the elevation change found in the Eastern Sierra, knowing when to visit is key to a satisfying trip.
The trick to knowing where to go (as much of the color in Plumas County is not self-evident), is to search this site for references to Plumas County, then go to those locations within a week or two of when they peaked historically.
Feather River Scenic Byway (5,436′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
See photos at  Feather River Scenic Byway

Yosemite – Two miles south of the Big Oak Flat entrance station, CA-120 dips near Hazelgreen. There,  dogwood, ferns, willows and bigleaf maple are putting on an irridescent show of pink, rose, yellow, gold and lime.
Down in Yosemite Valley, bigleaf maple and dogwood are peaking, as well. By the end of the month, however, they’ll have dropped their leaves and the black oaks will have turned deep orange in contrast to their black branches and trunks.
Big Oak Flat Entrance Station, CA-120, Yosemite National Park (4,400′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
Yosemite Valley (4,000′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Dogwood, cottonwood and bigleaf maple are peaking. Black oak will peak at the end of October.
See photos at  HAZELGREEN GLOWS IN YOSEMITE NP

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 17, 2017

California Fall Color Reports 10/17/17

California Fall Color has new reports:

SOCAL: Now that days and nights are colder, the only thing sliding down the waterslide at Lake Gregory are fallen black oak leaves, Micayla Anderson reports.
Southern California’s mountain forests are now shedding their leaves as they evolve from Near Peak to Peak.
In the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Gregory in Crestline is nearing peak with black oak and exotic maples showing orange, yellow and red.
Black oak, dogwood and Fremont cottonwood at Mt. Palomar in San Diego County are showing near peak orange, rose and gold.
Lake Gregory (4,554′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
Mt. Palomar (6,138′) -Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
See photos at SoCal: Lake Gregory and Mt. Palomar Near Peak

EASTERN SIERRA: Mono County was peaking gloriously this past weekend, while areas above 8,500′ in the eastern Sierra Nevada, including most of Bishop Creek Canyon had peaked.
Color spotters found beauty at McGee Creek, Lundy Lake, the June Lake Loop and Convict Lake.
The Sabrina fork of Bishop Creek. There is peak beauty still there to be seen, but it is fading quickly.
Bishop Creek Canyon – Past Peak – You Missed It.
McGee Creek Canyon – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
Convict Lake – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
June Lake Loop – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
Lundy Canyon – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
See photos at PEAK AND PAST PEAK ON THE EASTSIDE

BEAR RIVER: There’s a riot of color to be seen along the Bear River in Nevada County, CA-20 and I-80  “multiple color spots along the route.”
one of his favorite stops is “the headwaters of Bear River which is located on Bowman Lake road just after you pass through Bear Valley headed eastbound on CA-20. This whole area is a riot of color now with bigleaf maple,  dogwood, and a few aspen at peak.”Nevada City is also looking good with maple providing crimson and yellow highlights.
Nevada City (2,477′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Peaking from Nevada City to the headwaters of the Bear River, along CA-20.
See photos at  A Riot Along the Bear River

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 17, 2017

Southern Utah Fall Color 10/17/17

Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau has a new fall color report for October 17th to 21st

High Elevation – Alpine
Brian Head, Cedar Breaks and Panguitch Lake
Percent of Change: PAST PEAK
Color Report:
With the cold temperatures and the wind the fall leaves in the high elevation are gone. Enjoy the leaves in the mid and low elevations while they last! Come back next year

Mid Elevation – Sub-Alpine
Parowan Canyon and Cedar Canyon Area
Percent of Change: PAST PEAK
Color Report: 
There are still a few patches of color that can be found sparsely scattered throughout the mid elevation but over all the trees have reached past peak. It has been a strange year for leaf peepers, early frost and high winds have really effected the changing leaves this year making them not quite as spectacular as past years.

Low Elevation –  Cedar City and Kolob Canyons Area
Percent of Change: Peak

Color Report: What a crazy weather year, with colder fonts and an early freeze the leaves are changing faster then they normally do. The colors found throughout the lower elevation are at peak right now and falling fast. Reports from Kolob Canyons is that there are a few nice patches along the Timber Creek Trail but the majority of the leaves are gone. In Cedar City there are beautiful streets lined in gold, with some oranges and red, especially some of the side road found around Southern Utah University. Now is the time to head to Zion National Park to watch the leaves, just remember the Park visitation is way up so be courteous, take your time and enjoy the view!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 17, 2017

Southern California Plant Sales

Then LA Times reports on southern California fall plant sales including

See full article at Fall plant sales just in time for cool-season gardening – LA Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color 10/13/17

Great Smoky Mountains National Park reports

The leaves at the higher elevations in the park have edged past their peak and are beginning to fall in earnest. While some trees still cling to leaves of subdued yellows and golds, many are now bare. Especially at the highest reaches of the park, the rich greens of the coniferous trees have regained dominance over their deciduous neighbors. It is only the witch hobble growing close to the ground along Clingmans Dome Road that still offers occasional glimpses of vibrant red and orange.

If you missed peak at the peaks, you still have plenty of time to enjoy beautiful fall colors in the park! Due to its wide range in elevation, the Smokies provides us with an extended show of nature’s fall glory. Color first appears high in the mountains, then sweeps down the ridgelines. The middle elevations of the park have picked up where the higher elevations left off, adopting the radiant sunshine yellows among the beeches and birches. The sourwoods are aglow in ruby red, while the maples are bursting with a myriad of hues. Wildflowers, like the purple asters, are also adding to the vivid display.
The trees at the lower elevations of the park are still predominantly green. While they are biding their time to steal the show, the dogwoods are giving us a glimpse of what is to come. The leaves of some dogwoods are starting to be lined with deep burgundies, while others are taking a more flamboyant approach with a variety of brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2017

Eastern Sierra Fall Color 10/15/17

Where to photograph in California – Yahoo Groups (Calphoto) has a new report for the Eastern Sierra

Just got back from an Eastern Sierra trip.  North Lake in Bishop was way past peak.  So was the area around Lake Sabrina.  South Lake last Fri was ok – patchy.  McGee Creek on Sat was spectacular.  Same for Convict Lake.  Lundy Canyon above the lake was well past peak.  Virginia Lakes was past peak.  Summer Meadows had a lot of nice color.  
The town of Bishop itself was starting to show color – trees half green and half yellow.  Some already showing full fall foliage.
Parker Lake area was past peak.  Many of the trees had shed all their leaves.  
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2017

Arizona & New Mexico Fall Colors

To see fall colors in this region check the local Twitter, Facebook and Flickr sites

Arizona

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests between now and the end of October to view the vibrant fall colors.  Follow us on Twitter and our Facebook page for updates!
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Coconino National Forest

By October each year, colors are usually in full splendor on the Coconino National Forest. Many of the trees in the higher elevations near Flagstaff reach their prime in early October, but the views are still beautiful throughout the season. The maples on the Mogollon Rim District are worth the visit, and the deciduous trees in Oak Creek Canyon and the Sedona area are spectacular. Watch for the latest fall color photos on our Fall Colors album on Flickr and updates @CoconinoNF on Twitter.
Fall Colors on the Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

The Kaibab National Forest is an outstanding place to bring your family and friends to view fall colors!

The North Kaibab Ranger District is the crown jewel of the forest in terms of fall colors with its exceptional aspen stands sprouting yellows and reds sure to impress. But the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts also boast their own pockets of color worthy of exploration.

Prime viewing opportunities typically occur in early October, but the season generally runs from late September through late October. Watch for the latest fall color photos in our Flickr Fall Color Album, follow us on Twitterfor the most current updates, and visit our Kaibab Fall Color Website for all the details.

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Prescott National Forest

Like in other parts of the country, it is impossible to say exactly when fall colors will peak–but as a general rule, trees and bushes at the highest elevations start changing from mid- to late September with leaves falling around mid- to late October.  Trees at lower elevations begin changing a couple weeks to a month later, and you can still find signs of autumn into mid-December in the Verde Valley and other low elevation parts of the forest.

Follow the Prescott National Forest Fall Colors on Twitter and Flickr.

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Tonto National Forest

The annual fall color change occurs earlier in the higher elevations of the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger districts. Peak color change is generally from mid-October to mid-November and is mostly concentrated along riparian areas such as Tonto Creek and the East Verde River. The leaves change a bit later on the Globe and Cave Creek districts, generally from late October to mid-November. Pinal Peak on the Globe Ranger District and the Seven Springs area on Cave Creek Ranger District are also popular destinations for fall color viewing.  Visit the Tonto National Forest websitefor details on viewing fall colors.

   New Mexico

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Carson National Forest

For spectacular views in the high country, consider hiking or packing into the Pecos, Latir, Wheeler Peak, or Cruces Basin Wilderness, or Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area. Updates will be posted on the Carson National Forest website, and on Facebook
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Gila National Forest

Follow our Facebook page for fall color updates!
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Santa Fe National Forest

Follow us on Facebook  and Twitter  for fall color updates!
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2017

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 10/16/17

Coconino National Forest reports

2017 Fall Color

Color is just beginning to dust the north side of the San Francisco Peaks. Typically around Flagstaff and the Mogollon Rim, the first strong color shows up in late September, and colors peak the first two weeks of October. West Fork and Oak Creek Canyon typically peak around the third week of October. Sedona and the Verde Valley don’t typically turn until the end of October and into November. This page will be filled out and updated regularly as we get information and the season progresses.

Best Bets

The following recreation opportunities are the best bets for fall color for the week of October 15.

Notes on Lockett Meadow and Inner Basin Trail

Flagstaff Ranger District

Updated: October 16, 2017. Note that observations and observation dates below may not match photo. Estimates of color along trails are frequently made from viewpoints, such as Lockett Meadow or FR 418. The most recent trail photos are provided as available, but may be older than viewpoint observations.

Grand Views
These trails and recreation sites offer stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks, Kendrick Peak, and other scenic vistas. The south and western sides of the San Francisco Peaks are showing strong color, starting to drop color in the higher elevations. Kendrick Mountain has peaked and is dropping leaves.

Read rest of report and see photos at Coconino National Forest 

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2017

G.O.P. Continues To Pursue Drilling In Arctic Wildlife Refuge

The New York Times reports

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans in recent weeks have renewed the fight over opening part of an enormous wildlife refuge in northern Alaska to oil and gas exploration.

Read story at Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: How the G.O.P. Could Finally Break the Impasse – The New York Times

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