Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 24, 2017

Anza-Borrego Wildflower Updates 3/24/17

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park had a new report today

Wildflower Update March 24, 2017

ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK® WILDFLOWER UPDATE 3-24-2017

Abundant winter rains have given us this lovely phenomenon of annual plants, shrubs, and cacti bursting into bloom this month, and we’re happy you’re here to see it, too.

Follow this route to see a variety of different wildflowers:

• Head east on Palm Canyon Drive (the “main drag” through our little town)

• Go past the traffic circle/roundabout that we call Christmas Circle

• Follow the highway as it continues east, then follow the road as it heads north (if you have time, check out the flowers—Dune Primrose and Sand Verbena, with a few Dune Sunflowers and Desert Lilies—blooming in the dunes along Old Springs Road, a paved road to the right at this corner)

• You should see white Dune Evening Primrose and pink Sand Verbena along the sides of the highway.

• Where the highway bends right to continue east, make a left turn onto Henderson Canyon Road (an alternative is to follow the highway to a great display near mile marker 31, then come back).

• You’ll see more pink and white, along with purple lupine, near the east end of Henderson Canyon Road, before arriving at the fields of yellow-orange Desert Sunflower. There should be lots of parking along this road. The freshest-looking sunflowers are in the eastern half of this field.

• Continue west on Henderson Canyon Road; you’ll see a field of flowers at the intersection with DiGiorgio Road; a left turn on either DiGiorgio or Borrego Springs Road will show you more flowers and bring you back to the center of town. A collection of large metal sculptures near the intersection of Henderson Canyon Road and Borrego Springs Road is worth checking out, too.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 24, 2017

Redbuds Blooming On Hwy, 140

Many Redbuds are now in bloom on Hwy. 14o East of Midpines.

Other flowers we found in bloom today were Fiddlenecks, Buck Brush (a white Ceaonothus), Blue Dicks, Popcorn, Woodland Star, Pretty Face Tritilea, White-leaf Manzanita, Goldfields and a yellow lomatium.

all photos today were with an iPhone.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 24, 2017

Southern California Wildflower Reports 3/24/17

Theodore Payne Foundation posted its weekly wildflower report . It includes

  • Caspers Wildersness Park
  • Cleveland National Forest
  • Anza-Borrego
  • San Jacinto Valley
  • Diamond Valley Lake
  • Box Springs Road (to Mecca) and neighboring Painted Canyon
  • Ford Dry Lake, Cottonwood Springs, Red Cloud Mine Road
  • Joshua Tree
  • Amboy Crater
  • Mojave Trails National Monument
  • Antelope Valley
  • Red Rock State Park
  • Figueroa Mt.
  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Hungry Valley SVRA
  • Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach
  • Elizabeth Learning Center in Cudahy

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 24, 2017

Mt. Tamalpais Wildflowers 3/23/17

 

Charlie Russell of Wildflower Hikes reports on his hike on Mt. Tam

We visited Mount Tamalpais this week, hiking from the Rock Springs parking lot. On a loop that included the Simmons trail, Laurel Dell fire road, Potrero meadow, Rock Springs fire road and then the Bernstein trail, we found an interesting variety of early flowers. The star of the hike was the profusion of Fairy slipper orchids (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis) on every leg of the hike. Incredible numbers of them. We also found Milkmaids, Baby blue eyes, buttercups, miner’s lettuce, Indian warrior, blue dicks, Douglas iris, shooting stars, loco weed, California plantain, shooting stars (Primula hendersonii), a yellow violet, popcorn flower, purple sanicle, coast sanicle, and a quite a few varieties of Ceanothus in full bloom.

 

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 24, 2017

Why Wild Bees Are Important

Open Space Trust has a post on the importance of Wild Bees. Here a few significant excerpts

Wild, free ranging bees residing in natural open spaces are pollinating upwards of 39% of our crops in California.

These wild bees contribute the equivalent of up to $2.4 billion a year to the state’s agricultural economy!

There are about 1,600 species of wild bees in California and only two species of introduced honeybee.

They nest in our open space.

Read full post at Bee-nefits of Wild Bees – POST

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 24, 2017

Opposition To Trump Approval Of Keystone Pipeline

EarthJustice News Release

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRIES TO FAST-TRACK KEYSTONE XL PIPE DREAM

The following is a statement from Earthjustice Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy Abigail Dillen in response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it is granting a permit to the controversial and much-criticized Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline:

“This is the latest in a string of decisions where the Trump administration is ignoring facts, public opinion and the law. As Arctic sea ice reaches its lowest level ever and rising seas flood Miami, we need to put the brakes on dirty fossil fuel projects and invest in clean energy. Instead, the current administration is trying to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline—a literal pipe dream—and de-fund our clean energy investments. This decision defies all logic, not to mention the wishes of 75 percent of Americans who want our leaders to regulate climate pollution. In combination with all of their recent missteps, it’s as if the Trump administration is determined to go down as the most irrational and destructive presidential administration in history.”

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 23, 2017

Antelope Valley Poppies & Wildflowers 3/23/17

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports

As of March 23rd, the east end of the park is covered with poppies and patches are starting to fill in around other areas!  We do not expect a full carpet of poppies across the park, but many other flowers such as goldfields, lupine, and lacy phacelia are also creating a mosaic of color that changes daily.  Depending on the season’s weather, the bloom could last into mid to late April.

Due to high visitation on weekends, the line to the entrance kiosk can be long by mid-morning. If possible, carpooling and visiting during the week are recommended. Visitors may park on Lancaster Road and walk in for free, but must stay on the pavement and enter at the kiosk. Mind the signs for legal parking areas on Lancaster Road. Visitors entering the park through the fenceline or by walking across the open fields will be fined.

Poppies open up on nice days, but they curl up at night 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. Check the forecast before visiting and dress accordingly. Remember that going off of the trails to walk in the poppies crushes the plants and can result in a ticket (unless they’re growing on the official trails, and it can’t be avoided). No dogs, bikes, drones, or picking flowers.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 23, 2017

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 3/23/17

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Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for March 23, 2017 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 | March 23, 2017

DesertUSA Wildflower Updates

DesertUSA’s new reports as of March 24

Arizona Deserts

California Deserts

More Areas

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 23, 2017

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 3/22/17

submitted by Ter Sullivan

We recently returned from Borrego and found no one else doing the seven-mile Glorietta Canyon loop, and the canyon was loaded with flowers, including plenty of ghost flowers and blazing stars. A videographer we met made a nice production of the first mile of the hike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic2NsBbMhIw By starting on the trails at 7:30am we missed the heat and the crowds doing Alcoholic Pass, Hawk Canyon, Plum Canyon, and even seeing no one else beyond the palm oasis at Borrego Palm Canyon. This Sunday eight of us leave for three weeks to catch the bloom in Southern Nevada with visits to two new national monuments: Gold Butte and Basin-and-Range.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 23, 2017

Possible EPA, State Collusion To Gut Wetlands

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Records Sought on Possible EPA, State Collusion to Gut Wetlands Protections

EPA Meeting With States Suing Agency Seeking Weakened Water Regulations

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today requested U.S. Environmental Protection Agency public records after the agency admitted it has begun closed-door meetings with states and “stakeholders” to develop a weakened regulatory framework for protecting wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

Today’s Freedom of Information Act request seeks records to determine if those meetings, concerning which wetlands should be protected, are legal. The EPA was ordered to weaken protections for wetlands by Executive Order 13778, signed by President Trump Feb. 28.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 22, 2017

Catherine Creek, Oregon Wildflowers 3/19/17

Oregon Wildflowers reports on Catherine Creek

(NOTE: This report is for the West Loop. Specific hike information can be found at this page.)

It`s prime time for grass widows (Sisyrincium douglasii var. douglasii)! These are generally finished by this date, but I estimate that their bloom is three weeks later than normal.

The following species are also blooming, especially at higher elevations: Western saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis); Piper`s desert parsley (Lomatium piperi); Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayii) and Columbia desert parsley (Lomatium columbianum) starting at higher elevations; Smooth prairie star (Lithophragma glabrum); Gold star (Crocidium multicaule); Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis); and a few remaining Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica).

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 22, 2017

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update 3/22/17

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association reports

Free flower maps are available in ABDNHA’s Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.  We update the maps daily as reports come in. 

Update March 22:  The cooler weather today and yesterday will likely extend the bloom into this weekend around the Borrego Valley but beyond that the bloom will decline at these low elvations. Coyote Canyon and the sunflower fields along Henderson Canyon Road remain good locations at this time although they are past their prime.  The “ocotillo forest” south of Tilting T along Borrego Springs Road has many hundreds of ocotillos, some in full bloom.  The ground in that area is covered with yellow desert dandelions.  There is also a bright yellow field of desert dandelions along DiGiorgio Road just south of Henderson Canyon Road.  Beavertail cactus, with bright fuchsia colored flowers, are now in bloom in many locations around the Borrego Valley.   Glorieta Canyon, rising from the southwest side of the the Borrego Valley is a great short hike, stunning right now and emersed in a bright yellow bloom of Brittlebush.  Yaqui Pass, at the south 

See photos at Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 22, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park Wildflowers 3/20/17

Joshua Tree National Park reports

Wilson Canyon Perhaps the best area to currently view wildflowers is Wilson Canyon, south of White Tank Campground and north of the Cholla Cactus Garden. There are limited pullouts for parking along Pinto Basin Road. The slopes of the side canyons are turning yellow with yellowcups (Chylismia brevipes). Other common wildflower species in Wilson Canyon include browneyes (Chylismia claviformis), purple mat (Nama demissa), sand blazingstar (Mentzelia involucrata), desert chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana) and phacelia (Phacelia spp.)
Pinto Basin The massive valley in the center of the park, called Pinto Basin, is currently another good location for wildflower viewing. In between the creosote bushes you will find a carpet of cream colored flowers called browneyes (Chylismia claviformis). If you are looking closely, you might spot a desert lily (Hesperocallis undulata) or the magenta flowers of sand verbena (Abronia villosa). Desert gold (Geraea canescens) makes a yellow carpet in some areas, as do poppies. Phacelia adds some purple to the mix. The beavertail cacti (Opuntia basilaris) are also blooming. Desert star (Monoptilon belliodes) is common. Look for desert five spots (Eremalche rotundifolia). Try stopping for a walkabout from Turkey Flats or Porcupine Wash. You may see evening primrose (Oenothera spp) in sandy areas. If you are prepared with plenty of water, and have four-wheel drive, check out the Black Eagle Mine Road for some good wildflower blooms. The poppies are abundant a short distance down this sandy dirt road from the paved Pinto Basin Rd.
Cottonwood Springs There is a widespread bloom along the trail to Mastodon Peak. Poppies and Canterbury Bells (Phacelia campanularia) are common. Also look for budding Ocotillos, and flowering Chia (Salvia columbariae) and Mojave aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia).

Joshua Trees and Mojave Yucca Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) are flowering throughout the areas in which they grow within the park. Some of the hot spots include just inside the Joshua Tree Entrance Station, and near the intersection of Park Blvd and Pinto Basin Road. Mojave yuccas (Yucca schidigera) have also started to flower. Some of the best spots for viewing include just inside the Twentynine Palms Entrance, and Wilson Canyon.

See photos at March 20, 2017 – Joshua Tree National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 22, 2017

Grapevine Poppy Bloom 3/22/17

The SF Chronicle reports

The Grapevine is bursting with California poppies in a rare bloom

California’s Grapevine looks like an exquisite painting right now. The velvety green slopes of the Tehachapi Mountains are covered in bright orange patches of California poppies.

See video, photos and article at  The Grapevine is bursting with California poppies in a rare bloom – SFGate

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 22, 2017

Coastal Wetlands Excel At Storing Carbon

ScienceDaily reports on a new analysis supports mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows as effective climate buffers

While coastal wetlands serve as effective ‘blue carbon’ storage reservoirs for carbon dioxide, other marine ecosystems do not store carbon for long periods of time, a new analysis suggests.

Read story at  Coastal wetlands excel at storing carbon: New analysis supports mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows as effective climate buffers — ScienceDaily

Yet another important reason to save our coastal wetlands.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 21, 2017

Mt. Burdell Wildflowers 3/18/17

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has a report from Mt. Burdell Open Space in Marin County this past Saturday. Flowers in bloom included Cream Cups, California Poppy, Blue-eyed Grass, Sun-cups, White purple-throat Linanthus, Small Collinsia, Small Flowered Claytonia, Cupped Monolopia, Blue Dicks

Source: Marin Native Plants

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 21, 2017

Desert USA California & Arizona Wildflower Updates 3/21/17

DesertUSA has a number of new reports

Monday, I spoke with a ranger at Carrizo Plain. He said the majority of the color is on the south end of Soda Lake Rd. Driving further north toward the visitors’ center, you can see a large purple display from the overlook hill. (The flowers were far away). He said starting in 3 days, they will have a wildflower hotline updated on Thursdays and Sundays. 805-475-2035. He anticipates the peak bloom will be early and mid-April. He said some of the roads off of Soda Lake Rd currently are closed (even 4WD) due to mud. They have had to dig some vehicles out. I didn’t see any poppies, but lots of yellow, some purple, orange and white. Driving 10 miles up the hwy from Maricopa to Soda Lake Rd, the many of the hills had yellow flowers — a beautiful sight.
see photos at http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html#ixzz4c1hRex7W

The hills just north of Gorman are ablaze with poppies. Despite that it was very hazy when I was there today, I could still enjoy them. To take photos, get off at the Fort Tejon exit and go left. After you cross the freeway, make an immediate right on the first road. This road will take you through some trees and then to the top of a hill overlooking the freeway and the many surrounding hills with poppies.
see photos at http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html#ixzz4c1hiEV6R

There are also photos of Antelope Valley, Shell Creek, Diamond Valley Lake, Red Rock Canyon, Walker Canyon in the Lake Elsinore area, Mojave in areas northeast of Victorville and Anza-Borrego See photos at http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo

Photos and reports for Arizona at http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/az.html

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 21, 2017

Channel Islands Wildflowers 3/20/17

Channel Islands National Park News Release

Channel Islands in Full Bloom with Discovery of a New Flowering Plant

Ventura, CA — Spring is in full bloom at the Channel Islands with coreopsis stands bursting into yellow blossoms among a complimentary palette of white island morning glory, purple blue dicks, and orange island poppy plants.

On Santa Barbara Island field biologists recently discovered a new flowering plant not previously known to have existed there. The small and delicate white mallow, or Eremalche exilis, likely sprouted due to the prolific rain this year. Prior to this discovery, the only known occurrences of white mallow were on Santa Cruz Island in 1888 and Santa Catalina Island in 1902.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 21, 2017

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Updates 3/21/17

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association reports

Free flower maps are available in ABDNHA’s Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive.  We update the maps daily as reports come in. 

Update March 20:  The bloom is still going strong in the Borrego Valley and adjacent washes and canyons.  Coyote Canyon is full of color with the best blooms about 1 – 2 miles in on the dirt road from the end of the blacktop on DiGiorgio. The expansive field of orange desert sunflowers on the north side of  Henderson Canyon Road, about one mile west of S22 is at it’s prime right now and there is ample parking along the shoulder of the road.  On the south side of the road the ground is covered with dune evening primrose, verbena, and other annuals.  The “ocotillo forest” south of Tilting T along Borrego Springs Road has many hundreds of ocotillo just days away from full bloom.  The ground in that area is covered with yellow desert dandelions.  There is also a bright yellow field of desert dandelions along DiGiorgio Road just south of Henderson Canyon Road.  Beavertail cactus, with bright fuchsia colored flowers, are now in bloom in many locations around the Borrego Valley.   Glorieta Canyon, on the southwest side of the the Borrego Valley is a great short hike right now, completely emersed in a bright yellow bloom of Brittlebush.

This will be a “rolling bloom”; different areas, different species, different elevations, as things come into bloom; cacti, shrubs, ocotillo are not in bloom yet.  The “Ocotillo forest” area along Borrego Springs road, south of Tilting T, will be spectacular when it comes into bloom, easily viewed from the roadside and that will likely happen in the next week. The entire area is very green with the nearby dune covered in yellow desert dandelions.    It’s also important to know that the best flower viewing is in the morning.  Many flowers close up during the heat of the day.  

Although there was heavy visitation in Borrego Springs this weekend everything appeared to go very smoothly, and traffic was not the problem it was the previous weekend.  The big surge of traffic is probably behind us now, although we expect heavier than normal visitation through April. 

See photos at Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update

There are also new reports  at Anza Borrego Desert State Park – Wildflower Reports – DesertUSA and  Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers: Species in bloom.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 21, 2017

Feds Killed Nearly 1.6 Million Native Animals In 2016

WildEarth Guardians News Release

Feds Admit Killing Nearly 1.6 Million Native Animals in 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s secretive wildlife killing program released its alarming body count of animals killed last year yesterday. In 2016, the ironically-named “Wildlife Services” program operating under the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, spent millions of taxpayer dollars to kill 1,594,595 native animals, which translates to over three animals every minute during 2016. This slaughter occurs largely in support of agricultural special interests at the expense of taxpayers, public safety and biodiversity.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

Texas Wildflowers 3/20/17

Gary Regner Photography reports

Wildflowers are blooming all over Texas. South Texas appears below average this year, but there are three other wildflower areas that may make up for it. The Brazos Valley area, the Hill Country and the Ellis county area. All of these areas are showing blooms, but according to reports still look early.

The annual April Wildflower issue of Texas Highways magazine should be hitting newsstands soon, and features five images from our galleries.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

Joshua Tree Wildflowers

iNaturalis has a site for Joshua Tree National Park Wildflower observations and photos at  Joshua Tree National Park Wildflower Watch · iNaturalist.org

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

California BLM Flower Photos

Photos from California BLM lands including wildflowers can be seen on Flickr at Your Public Lands, managed by BLM California | Flickr and Facebook at #TracktheBloom

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

Anza-Borrego Wildflower Update 3/19/17

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association reports

Update March 19:  The bloom is still going strong in the Borrego Valley and adjacent washes and canyons.  Coyote Canyon is full of color with the best blooms about 1 – 2 miles in on the dirt road from the end of the blacktop on DiGiorgio. The expansive field of orange desert sunflowers on the north side of  Henderson Canyon Road, about one mile west of S22 is at it’s prime right now and there is ample parking along the shoulder of the road.  On the south side of the road the ground is covered with dune evening primrose, verbena, and other annuals.  The “ocotillo forest” south of Tilting T along Borrego Springs Road has many hundreds of ocotillo just days away from full bloom.  The ground in that area is covered with yellow desert dandelions.  There is also a bright yellow field of desert dandelions along DiGiorgio Road just south of Henderson Canyon Road.  Beavertail cactus, with bright fuchsia colored flowers, are now in bloom in many locations around the Borrego Valley.

This will be a “rolling bloom”; different areas, different species, different elevations, as things come into bloom; cacti, shrubs, ocotillo are not in bloom yet.  The “Ocotillo forest” area along Borrego Springs road, south of Tilting T, will be spectacular when it comes into bloom, easily viewed from the roadside and that will likely happen in the next week. The entire area is very green with the nearby dune covered in yellow desert dandelions.    It’s also important to know that the best flower viewing is in the morning.  Many flowers close up during the heat of the day.

Although there was heavy visitation in Borrego Springs this weekend everything appeared to go very smoothly, and traffic was not the problem it was the previous weekend.  The big surge of traffic is probably behind us now, although we expect heavier than normal visitation through April.

sse photos at Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

Mt. Tamalpais Calypso Orchids 3/19/17

The Marin CNPS Facebook page reports

Loop hike on Mt. Tam and saw — no exaggeration — thousands of Calypso Orchids. Is this normal? They were ALL OVER the sides of Laurel Dell Fire Road near Potrero Meadow. I’m not kidding when I say thousands. I went from Rock Springs Parking Lot, on Simmons Trail to Barth’s Retreat, then Laurel Dell FR to Bernstein.

See photos at (5) Marin Native Plants

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 3/19/17

Hungry Valley OHV has ist first Wildflower report of the season

Flowers in the park are barely starting, but enjoy the view as you drive to the park with the splashes of yellow coreopsis and fiddleneck in Tejon Pass. Poppies are scarce here, right now, but are reported to be showing color along Highway 138 toward the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster.

Within the park, the area around Meadows trail has a light pinkish purple groundcover of filaree, and goldfields and golden bush are starting to show in places along Schmidt Ranch road. The manzanita bushes are covered with pinkish white blossoms along the Oak Grove hiking trail.

Take a drive along the frontage road between Smokey Bear Rd and Gorman to see Joshua trees in bloom. Further north are patches of pale purple phacelia among the yellow valley sunflowers and fiddleneck. The white flowers of the wild cucumber vine sprawl in spots and glow in the morning light.

Also, along the frontage road are bladderpod bushes, showy with their yellow blossoms, and the bush lupine is starting to bloom with their fragrant deep purple flowers.

Please remember that the warm weather that brings out the flowers also brings out the snakes; walk carefully to avoid stepping on flowers, and snakes! Though rattlesnakes are dangerous, they are rarely deadly; however, please keep your distance and let them go on their way.

The flowers should really be popping out over the next few weeks so plan your trip to Hungry Valley now!

See photos at  Wildflowers at Hungry Valley

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

DesertUSA Wildflower Updates 3/20/17

DesertUSA has the following new updates. click on links for reports and photos

March 20, 2017 – The 2017 desert’s super bloom wildflower season is close to its peak in some areas, but there should still be many wildflowers to see for the next few weeks. Joshua Tree NP, Mojave Desert and Anza Borrego DSP have many wildflowers in bloom now. Cactus are starting to bloom. Southern California, Nevada and Arizona are also blooming. Last weekend was very crowded in many areas – during the week is the best time to visit the desert. Reports below.

 

Arizona Deserts

California Deserts

Other Areas

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2017

Protecting Desert Tortoises

As relocation has not been successful in protecting desert tortoises, lasers and non-destructive chemical weapons are being used to deter Ravens from attacking baby tortoises. Read story at To save California desert tortoises from ravens, officials turn to laser guns — and maybe chemical weapons – LA Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 19, 2017

Birding Eastshore State Park – Berkeley 3/19/17

Today we went birding at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park in Berkeley, CA. We started by Sea Breeze Cove, went through the Berkeley Meadow and observed the North Cove.  It was low tide and the mudflats in Sea Breeze Cove were very exposed and attractive to shorebirds but much less so to waterbirds. We identified 38 bird species. The seasonal ponds in the meadow continue to be large and had a number of species of waterbirds. Best bird of the day was the Kingfisher on the wires along Virginia Annex.

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