Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 4/21/2018

Oregon Wildflowers  has a new report for Dog Mountain

 

Dog Mountain 4/21/18 Lower elevations had some bloom (30-50%) and the topmost meadows barely had any. We spotted orange paintbrush, purple Pacific trillium, either storksbill or geranium, blue-eyed Mary and a light-pink colored flower that we are unable to recognize. The yellow balsamroot is starting to bud and a week or two`s worth of sunshine might lead to a full bloom by mid-May. Good hike!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2018

North Table Mountain Wildflowers

Charlie Russell’s Wildflower Hikes website has a new post for North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. This post is of a recent trip that focuses on the Beatson Hollow area of the reserve. It includes detailed directions, plant lists and photos. Check it out at North Table Mountain Beatson Hollow.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2018

West Adams Native Garden Tour April 28, 2018

West Adams Native Garden Tour April 28 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

WAHA invites you to our first West Adams Native Gardens Tour.  The self-guided tour opens the gates of ten private gardens that feature native plants in historical settings throughout the West Adams District.  All of the front yards and some back yards will be open to view, with knowledgeable owners and docents who will describe the plants and the benefits of “going native.”

The gardens on the tour will showcase reduced water use, reduced (or eliminated) chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat and benefits for birds and bees, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. In other words: These gardens are glorious.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you may be walking over somewhat uneven surfaces.

Tickets:

Early Bird Ticket Prices (until April 22) are:

WAHA Members – $20
General Public – $24

Tickets after April 22 or at the door – $30 (all visitors)

Purchase tickets at http://www.westadamsheritage.org/read/1364 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2018

Pt. Isabel Birds & Wildflowers 4/22/18

Today we did a short walk on the first mile of the Richmond Bay Trail starting from the dog park. Many of the waterbirds and shorebirds have left for the season.

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Phacelia and California Poppy by Sandy Steinman

The highlight was watching two rails near the 51st. cutoff. They hung around for quite a while and gave us many good looks. We even tried to take photos holding iPhones up to the scope. The best result is below. Also we were entertained by two Red-winged Blackbirds mobbing a Crow.

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Ridgway’s Rail by Rich S

The California Native Wildflowers are looking good which is a tribute to the efforts of the work of volunteers from the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

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Hummingbird Sage, California Poppy and Phacelia by Sandy Steinman

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day

End Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health!

Help End Plastic Pollution by finding out how many plastic items you consume
every year and make a PLEDGE to reduce the amount.

Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally
change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

Learn more including what you can do to end plastic pollution at https://www.earthday.org

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 22, 2018

Postal Patron Helps Crack Global Plant Smuggling

The Mercury News reported on the international heist of Dudleya farinosa, which is also know as “Sea-bluff Lettuce” or “Powdery Liveforever”

How an irked Northern California postal patron helped crack a global plant smuggling scheme
Undercover agents infiltrate the global black market for succulents.

It’s the Golden State’s first-ever undercover plant investigation — and a tale of amazing obsession, where vigilant authorities, passionate plant lovers and an irked postal customer discovered that foreign thieves are slipping into California’s wild landscapes, fueling a budding black market in the lucrative exotic plant industry.

Read story at  How an irked Northern California postal patron helped crack a global plant smuggling scheme

Photos of Dudleya farinosa

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2018

Wildflowers Bloom Reports Around California 4/21/18

Botanical Wanderings – California has a number of new posts showing wildflower bloom for

  • Figueroa Mountain
  • ModiniMayacamas Preserves
  • El-Moro trail near Laguna Beach

Also older posts of photos for

  • Ca Hwy 14 and the Mojave Desert 4/15/18
  • Off of Ca Hwy 14 just past Red Rock Canyon. 4/14/18
  • Nine Mile Canyon Eastern Sierra 4/15/18
  •  Mariposa County, California. April 13, 2018
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2018

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Plant Sale April 28 to 29

For more information go to http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/springplantsale

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2018

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 4/20/18

Antelope Valley reports

As of April 20th, we don’t have a lot of flowers blooming due to the late winter rains and the flowers we do have are fading after last week’s heat. There are very few small poppies blooming along the trails, but most of them are going to seed. The goldfields and lacy phacelia are in bloom but have started fading. A few belly flowers such as forget me nots and rattlesnake weed can be found along many of the trails.

Stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only. Walking in the poppies crushes all of the wildflowers and may result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged plants or there is only bare dirt; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come. No dogs, bikes on trails, drones, or picking flowers.

“Selfies” in the flowers are not allowed. All photos must be taken from the trail.

Poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon or if it’s cold so check the weather forecast before arriving.  The weather can change suddenly and it is frequently windy here during the spring.  This is a DESERT grassland, so drink water often.  Note that it can be very windy here in the spring.

See photos at  Current Photos

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 4/20/18

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

Southern California Wildflower Summary 4/20/18

Theodore Payne  most of report below. To see full report and  photos go to http://theodorepayne.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/April-20-WHR.pdf

From the Sierra foothills around Three Rivers, we have reports of an explosion of spring flowers coming up under beautiful blue oak (Quercus douglasii) canopies. There are fields of understory flowers including fiddleneck (Amsinckia sp.), miniature lupine (Lupinus bicolor), shooting stars (Primula clevelandii), California buttercup (Ranunculus californicus), wild hyacinth (Dichelostemma capitatum) and popcorn flowers (Plagiobothrys nothofulvus). A very special find is the delicate white flowered Greene’s saxifrage (Micranthes californica).

Last week, we took you up the eastern side of the Sierras along 395 to Nine Mile Canyon Road toward Kennedy Meadows. This week, we can include Short Canyon and Grapevine Canyon, as well. They are also west of Hwy 395 north of the 14/395 junction and south of Nine Mile Canyon. Short and Grapevine canyons are, however, unpaved roads. It slows you down enough to enjoy the small belly flowers. See if you can find a pygmy poppy (Canbya candida) in Short Canyon. Desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata), fiddleneck (Amsinckia tesselata), forget-me-not/popcorn flower (Cryptantha spp.), sun cups ( Camissonia sp.), white tidy tips (Layia glandulosa), purple mat (Nama demissa), chia (Salvia columbariae), freckled milkvetch (Astragulus sp.), goldfields (Lasthenia sp.) and more. Nine Mile Canyon Road is stunning. Masses of coreopsis (Leptosyne bigelovii) and grape soda lupine (Lupinus excubitus) overwhelm the senses.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2018

Red Hills Rd. Wildflowers 4/28/18

submitted by Ter Sullivan

I hiked a ten-mile loop yesterday during unseasonably cool weather. There are very few people on a weekday, and right now the flowers are heading towards their peak. Widespread displays include gold fields, seep spring monkeyflower, birds eye gilia, buckbrush, redmaids, Q-tips, Johnnytuck, cutleaf Indian paintbrush, coast Indian paintbrush, California poppy, frying pans poppy, blue dicks, Ithuriel’s spear, true baby stars, Hartweg’s checkerbloom, and spring gold biscuit root.
Be sure to print the hiking map of 17 miles of trails from the BLM web site. The trails intersect with informal trails, so bring a compass to keep on track. Some of the trails are rocky due to erosion from horse use. A good place to start is on gravel/dirt Red Hills Road just outside of Chinese Camp at the main parking area that has two picnic tables, restrooms, and lots of parking.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2018

Pacific Grove Wildflower Show Today through Sunday

57th Annual Wildflower Show

April 20 to 22 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950 United States
+ Google Map
The annual botanical extravaganza with over 700 central Californian species on display.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2018

Rancho del Oso Wildflower Weekend May 5 and 6, 2018

 Rancho del Oso Wildflower Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6  10 am to 4 pm Nature Center

Rancho del Oso’s elegant wildflower event displays an impressive collection of vibrant wildflowers growing along the northern Santa Cruz county region.

Take delight with flourishing buttercups, exuberant shooting stars, blushing western wake robins and an array of other natural beauties.

This botanically captivating exhibit at the Nature Center will feature over eighty plants in bloom, including native and non-native species that are found in the western portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The assortment of shapes, sizes, colors and forms are a pleasure to the senses.

Join our botanist-led wildflower walks on both Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 1 pm to view them in their natural setting. Hikes start at the Nature Center deck.

Pick your hikes and enjoy!

10 am: Approximately 4.5 miles, this moderately–paced hike will begin along the Marsh Trail and climb into our scenic Skyline to the Sea Bypass Trail. We will experience diverse ecosystems, and time to enjoy the views.

1 pm: This one mile wildflower excursion will traverse several habitats along the Hoover Nature Trail. Beginning with a slight incline into gorgeous Monterey pine habitat, this loop–trail offers a stunning vista of the ocean.

Come visit the Nature and History Center y

Open Saturday–Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm

Check us out on the Web and join us on Facebook! www.ranchodeloso.org and www.facebook.com/RDOSP

Learn about other events at Rancho del Oso in their Newsletter http://ranchodeloso.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/RDO-News-33-2.pdf

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2018

Figueroa Mountain Wildflowers April 20, 2018

submitted by Helen Tarbet Recreation Technician Los Padres National Forest

Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Update – April 20, 2018

Well, I have some good news and I have some bad news. Which should I tell first? Let’s go with the good news. There are more flower varieties blooming than there were two weeks ago. Now, the dreaded bad news…while there are more varieties, with the exception of a few, there really aren’t as many as in other years. Of course, we all expected this to happen with the dry winter we had. The flowers are doing the best they can with the late rain they received. They are trying to give us the best show they can with what they had to work with, so let’s go out and see what they have for us.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Starting at the first cattle guard and continuing to the canopy area, shiny buttercups, blue dicks, beautiful fiesta flowers, milk maids, fiddlenecks, Johnny jump-ups, fillaree, lomatium, fillaree and miner’s lettuce are in bloom. Lovely Chinese houses are beginning to bloom along this stretch, however, the milkmaids are going away quite rapidly. You can also find wild onions and a couple of royal lupine starting to come out. The field on the right before the canopy area, is also beginning to dwindle. The shooting stars are turning to seed quite rapidly, leaving that area with blue dicks, lomatium and popcorn flowers. Along the canopy area, one can still find Johnny jump-ups, blue dicks, buttercups, fiesta flowers, fillaree, popcorn flowers and fiddleneck. The milkmaids are leaving this area as well. Mustard, however, is starting.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2018

Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve Wildflowers 4/18/18

NBC-LosAngeles writes about the wildflower bloom at Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve near Big Bear Lake  where they report there are many “belly flowers” in bloom.

The low-to-the-ground flora spring up in the mountain area’s “Pebble Plains.”

Read article at Wildflower Fans Big Bear’s Belly Plants Are Back

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2018

Marin County Wildflowers: Carson Ridge & Azalea Hill 4/13/18

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has a new post for Carson Ridge and Azalea Hill in Marin County with photos showing the following in bloom on 4/13/18

  • Leptosiphon androsaceus – lavender linanthus
  • Calochortus umbellatus – Oakland star-tulip
  • Claytonia gypsophiloides – rosy pink Claytonia
  • Leptosiphon acicularis – needle-leaf Linanthus
  • Iris douglasiana “var. major” – multi-colored Douglas Iris
  • Arctostaphylos montana ssp. montana – Mt. Tamalpais Manzanita
  • Calystegia collina ssp. oxyphylla – serpentine morning-glory
  • Sanicula bipinnatifida – red-purple sanicle
  • Sisyrinchium bellum – blue-eyed-grass
  • Eschscholzia californica – Ca. poppy
  • Ceanothus jepsonii – serpentine buckbrush
  • Plagiobothrys nothofulvus -Popcorn flower

 

See photos and older posts at Marin Native Plants.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2018

Swallowing 64 Pounds Trash Kills Whale

New York Times reports

A young sperm whale that washed ashore on the southeast coast of Spain in February most likely died after being unable to digest more than 60 pounds of plastic trash, fish netting and garbage bags in its stomach and intestines, scientists said this month.

Read full story at 64 Pounds of Trash Killed a Sperm Whale in Spain, Scientists Say – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2018

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Photos 4/17/18

Photos taken on 4/17/18 at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2018

Wildflowers Around California (4/14 to 4/17)

Where to photo in California (Calphoto) has the following update for April 17 for North Table Mt.

On April 16 the valley was pounded by huge black cold thunderstorms producing much hail.  … revisited April 17 and found many species ragged, especially the poppies and goldfields with piles of ice about in grasslands through mid day.  Even though it was a sunny warm by afternoon day, poppies were still so affected by the cold storm that only about 5% opened.   At this point still very much worth a visit especially for those that have never visited.  Beware of all the soft muddy trails so be prepared with footwear.  Ought to have some images up on my site in about a week.

Botanical Wanderings in California has photos for

  • 4/15 along Hostetter Fire Rd in La Tuna Canyon.
  • 4/13 Merced River Canyon
  • 4/17 Morse Canyon, high above Etiwanda CA in the foothills
  • 4/14 Spitler Peak Trail
  • 4/15 Kern County Granite Foothills
  • 4/15 nice patch of Calochortus catalinae along Hwy 150 between Ojai and Carpinteria.

California Wildflower Report has photos for

  • April 15 Lupinus excubitus var. excubitus (Grape Soda lupine)- Near Sawmill creek, ~4,000 ft, Eastern Sierra Nevada
  • April 16 San Simeon Bay Trail
  • April 16 North Table Mt. (likely taken before hail storm mentioned above)
  • April 15 Sand Canyon, near Ridgecrest
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2018

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 4/18/18

Homestead Valley Land Trust  has a new report for April 18.  See map and photos at Homestead Valley Land Trust

NEW
– Common yarrow with its white cluster is blooming up on the ridge.
– Figwort, a great plant for insects blooms with a small maroon flower.
– Hawthorn, native to Europe, is blooming next to the creek on the Homestead Trail near 11.
– Purple western morning glory is blooming in meadows.
– Shortspur seablush is blooming with white puff flowers on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Small flowered nemophilia is blooming with small white flowers in forests.
– Tomcat clover with purple flower circles is blooming on the Ridgewood Rock.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2018

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 4/17/18

Anza-Borrego State Park reports on April 17, 2018

With only about an inch of rain this winter, conditions have not been good for a very impressive display of annual wildflowers this spring. But at the Visitor Center, ocotillos are still blooming, and a careful observer can find a few cactus blossoms here and there. Our palo verde trees are starting to show their delightful yellow flowers, and the desert willow has gorgeous purple-and-pink orchid-like blooms!

A drive along Highway 78 west of Tamarisk Grove campground is worthwhile, for the agave stalks in bloom there.

Day Use Fees: developed campground areas $10 per car, every day; Visitor Center $10 per car, Fri-Sat-Sun and Holidays.


If you would like to receive updates as different wildflowers start coming into bloom, we suggest that you check back here, or join the email list of our nonprofit partner, Anza-Borrego Foundation.
You can also call our Wildflower Hotline at 760-767-4684.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2018

Endangered Species Act Success – Kirtland Warbler

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Endangered Species Act Success: Recovering Kirtland’s Warbler Songbird in Michigan Proposed for Delisting

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections for the Kirtland’s warbler based on the rare songbird’s growing numbers and ongoing management of its habitat.

The warbler declined to a low of just 167 singing males in 1987. But by 2015 more than 2,300 were found in Michigan, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2018

Article On Where To See Bay Area Wildflowers

The California Blog has an article Places to See California Wildflowers This Spring  that lists wildflower locations and trails throughout the Bay Area. You should note that the article doesn’t distinguish between native wildflowers from invasive aliens wildflowers such as non-native mustards.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2018

2018 Lyrid Meteor Shower Starting; Peaks April 22

EarthSky reports

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is starting! It’s active each year from about April 16 to 25. In 2018, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – is expected to fall on the morning of April 22, with little or no interference from the waxing moon.

No matter where you are on Earth, expect the greatest number of meteors to fall during the few hours before dawn.

All in all the Lyrid meteor shower prospects look pretty good for 2018, though meteor showers are notorious for being fickle and not totally predictable.

In a moonless sky, you might see from about 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors an hour at the shower’s peak on the morning of April 22. In 2018, the waxing moon will set before the primetime morning hours.

Those predicted maxima assume you are watching in a dark, country sky.

Read more and see  photos illustrations at  The Lyrid meteor shower is starting | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2018

Hungry Valley/ Gorman Wildflowers 4/15/18

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 4/15/18

The warm weather is bringing out the wildflowers! The Gorman Hills are showing patches of orange from the poppies blooming and yellow splotches from the coreopsis and goldfields. Purple patches of lupine and globe gilia are beginning to show, too. The next few weeks should be spectacular, so watch the weather and start thinking about a trip this way.

The park is starting to bloom also and it is well worth a drive through the park this coming weekend, so come on up! The weather is predicted to be in the 70s over the weekend, with another cold spell possibly bringing snow and rain between now and then!

The roadsides are showing an abundance of yellow with the bladderpod and the goldenbush blooming throughout the park. If you come into the park from the Smokey Bear entrance, there’s a large showing of goldfields in the southern end of the park near the South Kiosk, and in the yucca flats area between Lane Ranch Campground and Aliklik Campground. Tidy tips, fiddleneck, and blazing stars are in full bloom in this area, too. Yucca buds are starting to come up at the yucca flats area, and a wide variety of other flowers are also starting to show. If you look closely, you can see the red stalks of the scarlet bugler and the Indian paintbrush, both adding a nice red contrast to the yellow and white flowers blooming in this area.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2018

North Table Mt. and Bear Valley/Walker Ridge Wildflowers 4/14/18

Where to photograph in California (Calphoto) had the following wildflower updates for North Table Mt. Ecological Preserve and Bear Valley/Walker Ridge

Visited Table Mountain on Friday, and it was marvelous, covered in a wide variety of flowers, very colorful, often dense, intoxicating from the lupine, very satisfying. Creeks and waterfalls are flowing nicely too, lined with Mimulus, meadowfoam and clover. Maybe I was just lucky, or stayed far enough away from the immediate parking area, but I didn’t see a single person crush a zillion wildflowers in the making of a selfie. Someone said that they thought it had peaked the previous week, so if you’re thinking of going, go now. And remember that you need to order a pass online and print it out before going.

On the suggestion of some CNPS people there, I checked out Bear Valley and Walker Ridge the next day. It’s still early at Walker Ridge, a few Ceanothus, redbud and paintbrush in bloom. Bear valley was patchy – a few areas of dense flowers, a few areas of scattered blooms, and in between lots of green and thatch.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2018

Brief Updates Around California 4/15/18

Botanical Wanderings – California has photos from a number of locations:

  • Kern County Granite Foothills
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • An oak chaparral canyon above Alta Loma, Caa
  • Hwy 150 between Ojai and Carpinteria.

California Wildflower Report has photos from these locations

  • North Table Mt.
  • Cypress Street Coastal Trail, Fort Bragg
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2018

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Native Plant Sale 4/21/18

REGIONAL PARKS BOTANIC GARDEN
SPRING SALE OF CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS
Saturday, April 21, 2018 10 a.m.3 p.m.


Friends-only sale 9 a.m.10 a.m.
(Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden memberships can be purchased at the door starting at 8:30 a.m.)

Featured are California native shrubs, trees, and perennials
Horticultural advice gladly given!

Wildcat Canyon Road (between Anza View Road and South Park Drive)
Near the Brazilian Room in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
bgarden@ebparks.org  (510) 544-3169

Please bring boxes or a small wagon to carry your plants home.
Rain or Shine!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2018

Mt. Burdell Wildflowers 4/15/18

Today we went on a wildflower walk at Mt. Burdell sponsored by the Marin Open Space District and  Marin Chapter of the California Native Plants Society. It was led by Shannon Burke, naturalist for the Marin Open Space District. Many species are in bloom although there are not many large displays. The walk was in celebration of Native Plant Week. To see more Native Plant Week activities in Marin County go to https://www.cnpsmarin.org/nativeplantweek

Favorite plants of the day were  Bitteroot/Lewisia rediviva and Striped Coralroot/Corallorhiza striata.

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Click read more below to see my list of what I saw today. To see a more detailed plant list for Mt. Burdell go to https://www.cnpsmarin.org/images/pdf/MT_BURDELL_TOTAL.pdf

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