Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 30, 2016

September 2016 Birding Field Trips

September 2016 Golden Gate Audubon Birding Field Trips

For more information on any of the trips below go to

  • Tilden Park, Berkeley Friday, September 2, 8:30 — 11 a.m. (First Friday bird walk)
  • Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland Saturday September 3, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Celebrate World Shorebirds Day!
  • Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, Petaluma Saturday, September 3,  9 am – 12 noon
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Sunday, September 4, 8 — 10:30 a.m. (First Sunday bird walk)
  • Crab Cove and Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Alameda Monday, September 5, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (because of tides) Celebrate World Shorebirds Day!
  • Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland Friday, September 9, 8:30 – 11 a.m. (Second Friday bird walk)
  • Corona Heights, San Francisco Friday, September 16, 8 – 10 a.m. (Third Friday bird walk)
  • Coastal San Francisco Saturday, September 17, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Fort Mason Community Garden, San Francisco Sunday, September 18, 8:00 — 10:00 a.m. (Third Sunday bird walk)
  • Dimond Park and Sausal Creek, Oakland Wednesday, September 21, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
    (Third Wednesday bird walk)
  • Vaux’s Swifts at McNear Brickyard, Marin County Wednesday, September 21, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Chain of Lakes, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Sunday, September 25, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Soar with the Raptors on Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands Tuesday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland Wednesday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. – noon
    (Fourth Wednesday bird walk)
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 29, 2016

Northern Spotted Owl Listed By Calif.Fish and Game Commission

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) reports the  Northern Spotted Owl Listed by Fish and Game Commission

Decision First Step Towards Recovery of the Owl

By a unanimous vote, the California Fish and Game Commission listed the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) under the California Endangered Species Act. The Commission’s decision ended the four year review process, first initiated by the Environmental Protection Information Center’s (EPIC) petition for listing in 2012.

Read full story at  Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Northern Spotted Owl Listed by Fish and Game Commission

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 29, 2016

Fall Colors In California State Parks

California State Parks has the following information on seeing fall color in the State Parks

You don’t have to go to New England to see the leaves change color.  Many state parks in Northern and Southern California display the colors of fall.  Cooler weather, fewer visitors, and the changing colors of the landscape make a fall visit to a state park an excellent getaway, whether for a weekend or just a day.

Here’s a sampling of some sites to visit. (It’s always a good idea to call ahead to check on conditions in the park.)

Northern California

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park (SHASTA COUNTY), northeast of Redding, (530) 335-2777 or 225-2065.

Annadel State Park (SONOMA COUNTY), east of Santa Rosa, (707) 539-3911 or 938-1519.  The park has big leaf maples near creeks that have turned yellow in some areas, due to stress from lack of rainwater. The park also has some black oaks.

Auburn State Recreation Area (PLACER and EL DORADO COUNTIES), northeast of Sacramento, (530) 885-4527.

Bodie State Historic Park (MONO COUNTY), seven miles south of Bridgeport, (760) 647-6445.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park (NAPA/SONOMA COUNTIES), four miles north of St. Helena on Highways 29/128, (707) 942-4575 / 938-1519.  The park is known for its big leaf maples.  There are also black oaks.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park (CALAVERAS and TUOLUMNE COUNTIES), on Highway 4, four miles northeast of Arnold, (209) 795-2334.

Castle Crags State Park (SHASTA and SISKIYOU COUNTIES), six miles south of Dunsmuir, (530) 235-2684.

Castle Rock State Park (SANTA CRUZ and SANTA CLARA COUNTIES), in the Santa Cruz Mountains, (408) 867-2952.

Clear Lake State Park (LAKE COUNTY), north of Calistoga, (707) 279-4293.  The park features black oaks.

Ed Z’berg – Sugar Pine Point State Park (EL DORADO COUNTY), south of Tahoe City, (530) 525-7982 or 525-7232.  Some of the best color in the Tahoe area can be found along Highway 89 from South Lake Tahoe to Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Grover Hot Springs State Park (ALPINE COUNTY), south of Lake Tahoe, three miles west of Markleeville on Hot Springs Road, (530) 694-2248 or 525-7232.

Henry W. Coe State Park (SANTA CLARA & STANISLAUS COUNTIES), 30 minutes from Morgan Hill and U.S. 101 via East Dunne Avenue, (408) 779-2728. October is usually the best month to enjoy the colors in this park.  Forests on the north-facing slopes have many deciduous trees.  Big leaf maples turn bright yellow and black oaks can include some reds.  California buckeyes split their leathery husks and display shiny brown nuts that gave them their name.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (HUMBOLDT COUNTY), south of Eureka on Highway 101 and Avenue of the Giants, (707) 946-2409.  The park has big leaf maples, Oregon ash, dogwood, black oaks, red alder, white alder, cottonwood – and poison oak. For more information, check the website at

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area (BUTTE COUNTY), seven miles east of Oroville, (530) 538-2219.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park (SHASTA COUNTY), northeast of Redding, six miles north of Highway 229 on Highway 89 near Burney, (530) 335-2777.  Best time to see the changing colors in this park is usually mid-October. Look for big leaf maple, various deciduous oaks, redbud, California black oak, Oregon white oak, white alder, Pacific dogwood, Oregon ash, vine maple, buck brush, deer brush, red flowering currant, and squaw bush.

Plumas-Eureka State Park (PLUMAS COUNTY), four miles west of Graeagle, (530) 836-2380.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (HUMBOLDT & DEL NORTE COUNTIES), north of Eureka, along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, (707) 464-6101, extension 5301.  The primary fall colors here are big leaf maple, vine maple – and poison oak.

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park (HUMBOLDT & MENDOCINO), access is north from Fort Bragg via Highway One and County Road #432, or west from Garberville/Redway via the Briceland Road.  Roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only.  After rain, roads can be just about impassable and 2WD vehicles are definitely not advised.  Visitors are advised to check on local conditions.  (707) 986-7711.

South Yuba River State Park (NEVADA COUNTY), off Highway 49, five miles north of Nevada City, (530) 273-3884.

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area (TEHAMA COUNTY), northwest of Chico, (530) 839-2112.  The park has primarily valley oaks.

Southern California

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (SAN DIEGO COUNTY) is northeast of San Diego, located on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8, (760) 765-0755. The main fall color tree is the black oak.  The leaves often turn a nice golden yellow.

Mount San Jacinto State Park (RIVERSIDE COUNTY), in Idyllwild, (909) 659-2607.

Palomar Mountain State Park (SAN DIEGO COUNTY), off Highway 76, up Highway S6, left on Highway S7, at the junction near the peak.  The park features a nice autumn vista of bracken fern in the meadows turning a rich golden brown against the dark green of adjacent forests.  (760) 742-3462.

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area (SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY), off Interstate 15, east Highway 138, past Highway 143 out of Hesperia, features a nice autumn vista of black oaks nestled in pines. (760) 389-2281.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 28, 2016

Pt. Reyes: Abbotts Lagoon Wildflowers 8/28/16

The Marin CNPS Facebook page reports on Abbott’s Lagoon Wildflowers. Still blooming flowers include Coast Buckwheat, Yellow Sand-Verbena, Gum Plant, Beach Sunups and Wild Heliotrope. See photos at  Marin Native Plants

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 28, 2016

England’s Wildlife Continue Serious Decline

The Guardian reports on the continued decline of English Wildlife

Government countryside assessment paints a ‘grim picture’ with key species such as hedgehogs, dormice, birds and butterflies all continuing to decrease in number.

Much of England’s best-loved wildlife remains in serious decline, according to the latest official assessment from the government. Birds and butterflies on farmland have continued their long term downward trend and 75% of over 200 “priority” species across the country – including hedgehogs, dormice and moths – are falling in number.

Read full story at: England’s best-loved wildlife still in serious decline, report shows The Guardian

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 27, 2016

Storms Devastate Mexican Monarch Butterfly Habitat

The Guardian reports

Storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7% of the monarchs, according to conservationists.

Read full story at Storms devastate monarch butterflies’ forest habitat in Mexico | World news | The Guardian

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 26, 2016

Hawaiian Ocean Reserve Now Twice the Size of Texas

President Obama just created the largest marine preserve in the world, a 582,000-square mile “no-take” zone: President Obama just quadrupled the size of a national marine monument off northwestern Hawaii.

Read National Geographic Story at Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas

Read White House Fact Sheet at President Obama to Create the World’s Largest Marine Protected Area


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 26, 2016

Did Climate Change Cause Woolly Mammoth Extinction?

The New York Times has a story on how climate change may have been the cause of Woolly Mammoth extinction on islands. Read story at Island’s Mammoths May Have Been Thirsty at Their Extinction – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 25, 2016

Birds Fly Faster In Large Flocks

ScienceDaily reports

The flight speed of birds is determined by a variety of factors, research shows. Among the most sensational is that the size of the flock has a significant impact on how fast the birds can fly. The larger the flock, the higher the speed.

Read more at Birds fly faster in large flocks — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 24, 2016

New National Monument In Maine

White House News Release

President Obama Designates National Monument in Maine’s North Woods in Honor of the Centennial of the National Park Service

Today, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument encompassing awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central Maine. Building on the Administration’s commitment to protecting our land, water and wildlife for future generations, this designation will permanently protect significant natural, scientific, and historic and cultural resources, wildlife habitat, and one of the most pristine watersheds in the northeast, ensuring that present and future generations are able to enjoy these lands.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 24, 2016

Asheville NC 2016 Fall Foliage Color Predictions

Romantic Asheville has the following

Blue Ridge Parkway & Mountains Fall Foliage Forecast 2016

The number one question is: “When is the peak color?” No matter when you plan an autumn visit in October or early November, you can take a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or other mountain roads to find the best color of fall leaves. Elevation and weather are the biggest factors in the color show. Leaves begin their color change on the highest peaks and gradually work down to the lowest elevations. An early frost speeds up the show and warm weather prolongs it.

Where to Find Color Week-by-Week

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 24, 2016

Using Urban Pigeons to Monitor Lead Pollution

News Release UC Davis

Using Urban Pigeons to Monitor Lead Pollution

Tom Lehrer sang about poisoning them, but those pigeons in the park might be a good way to detect lead and other toxic compounds in cities. A new study of pigeons in New York City shows that levels of lead in the birds track with neighborhoods where children show high levels of lead exposure.

“Pigeons breathe the same air, walk the same sidewalks and often eat the same food as we do. What if we could use them to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment, like lead pollution?” asked Rebecca Calisi, now an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis, who conducted the study with undergraduate student Fayme Cai while at Barnard College, Columbia University. The work is published July 18 in the journal Chemosphere.

Decades after it was banned from paint and gasoline, lead pollution remains a significant concern. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene carries out routine screening of children in areas of the city identified as hot spots for lead contamination.

Calisi and Cai looked at blood samples collected from 825 sick or injured pigeons brought to the city’s Wild Bird Fund rehabilitation center from 2010 to 2015. Each was identified by the zip code where it was found.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 23, 2016

Florida To Create New Bird Sanctuaries

The Orlando Sentinel reports

The state’s wildlife agency wants to designate new sanctuaries for roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets, blue herons, brown pelicans, black skimmers and many more water birds that are synonymous with Florida’s wild side.

Read story at  Florida to create new bird sanctuaries – Orlando Sentinel

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 22, 2016

Regional Park Botanic Garden Photos

Photos from the Regional Parks Botanic Garden today.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 22, 2016

Yellowstone River Closed To Fight Fish-Killing Parasite

NPR reports

A microscopic parasite is ravaging the fish population of the Yellowstone River in Montana prompting state officials to ban water-based recreation along a 183-mile stretch of the river and all of its tributaries.

Read full story at Montana Officials Close Yellowstone River To Fight Fish-Killing Parasite : The Two-Way : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 21, 2016

Species Protection Is Working

The MinnPost reports

According to statistics assembled by the American Bird Conservancy, fully 78 percent of mainland U.S. bird species given protection under the ESA have achieved population stability or are growing in number.

Read story at Good news for birds (and birders): Species protection is working | MinnPost

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 20, 2016

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 8/19/16

Mount Rainier National Park  reports

Currently Blooming – Updated August 19, 2016
Hiking is an excellent way to explore the wildflower meadows of Mount Rainier. However, hiking is not for everyone! There are plenty of opportunities for those prefer roadside wildflower viewing. Paradise Valley Road, a one-way road leaving Paradise, is an easy drive offering views of subalpine meadows, the Tatoosh Range, and Mount Rainier. Keep an eye out for marmots, bears, elk, and birds that frequent the area as well.

Please note that the park is very busy on summer weekends and parking fills quickly, particularly in Paradise. Tips to avoid summer congestion include visiting on weekdays or coming early or in the evening to avoid the crowds.

Wildflower Reports

  • Paradise Valley Road (8/18) – cascade aster, pearly everlasting, harsh paintbrush, magenta paintbrush, corn lily, arrowleaf groundsel, rosy spirea, lupine, goat’s beard, gray’s lovage, sitka valerian, slender bog orchid, American bistort, thistle, fireweed, pink monkeyflower, partridgefoot
  • Sunrise (8/11) – grays lovage, small-flowered penstemon, bear grass, magenta paintbrush, cusick’s speedwell, subalpine daisy, mountain dandelion, aster, American bistort, alpine buckwheat, partridgefoot, white-flowered sickletop lousewort, pearly everlasting, sitka mountain ash, pink mountain heather, white mountain heather, shrubby cinquefoil, hellebore
  • Carbon Glacier Trail (8/4) – lower: candyflower, foam flower, bunchberry; upper: stonecrop, fireweed, oregon sunshine, harebell, pearly everlasting, yarrow, columbine
  • Tipsoo Lake (8/4) – lupine, magenta paintbrush, sitka valerian, beargrass
  • Mowich Lake (7/27) – lupine, rosy spirea, subalpine daisy, bear grass, pink mountain heather, white heather, grays lovage, birds beak lousewort, sitka valerian, jeffrey’s shooting star, partridgefoot, wild strawberry, slender bog orchid, fringecup, arrowleaf groundsel, white rhododendron

See photos and more information on Mt. Rainier Wildflowers at Discover Wildflowers – Mount Rainier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 20, 2016

Don’t Give Away Our Wildlife Refuges

The NY Times has an op-ed piece on threats to federal lands such as Wildlife Refuges by conservative groups that want to give protected lands to states and/or lease or sell to private entities. Read at  Don’t Give Away Our Wildlife Refuges – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 19, 2016

California Fall Color Scouting Report

The California Fall Color blog has just posted an early season fall foliage scouting report. He has done a survey of the Eastern Sierra. He reports what he has observed and predicts for the coming fall color season at  California Fall Color » Scouting Report: Eastern Sierra

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 19, 2016

How Coyotes Outwitted Us All

National Geographic reports on how

Coyotes, the victims of attempted extermination, have found a way to thrive.

Read story How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 18, 2016

Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide

If you are planning to see fall color this year, check out this fall color brochure for Inyo and Mono Counties: 

I will also start to post fall color reports on Natural History Wanderings as they come in. So far the only local color I have seen is in the tops of a few street trees and lots of Poison Oak.

Poison Oak at Burleigh Murray State Park

Poison Oak at Burleigh Murray State Park

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 17, 2016

Pacific Northwest Wildflower Bloom 8/12/16

Pacific Northwest Wildflower Bloom Reports has two new reports for the Cascades in Washington State

August 12, 2016: High Camp Trail and sandy-rocky slopes up to the terminal morraine of Adams Glacier (Mount Adams Wilderness)

August 11, 2016: Killen Creek Basin and over towards Foggy Flats,above the Pacific Crest Trail (Mount Adams Wilderness)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 17, 2016

Joshua Tree National Park And Climate Change

NPR has a story on how Joshua Tree National Park is planning to adjust to climate change. Although they expect Joshua Tree habitat in the park to shrink by as much as 90 per cent, they are finding young trees in new areas. Read story at Planning For The Future Of A Park Where The Trees Have One Name : NPR

News Release Center for Biological Diversity

Study: Endangered Species Protection Taking Six Times Longer Than Law Allows

Delays Raise Risk of Extinction, Lawsuits Hasten Process for Protections 

WASHINGTON— A new study in the international scientific journal Biological Conservation finds that over the past 40 years, imperiled species have waited more than 12 years on average to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, despite the fact that under the law, the process is supposed to take no more than two years. The study also found that vertebrate species move through the process faster than invertebrates or plants and that lawsuits filed by conservation groups and other interested parties targeted species stuck in the process and hastened protection.

“Our study found delays and biases in the process for protecting species under the Endangered Species Act that are of grave concern,” said Dr. Emily Puckett, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral associate at Fordham University. “Lack of funding and the shifting policies and priorities of different presidential administrations delay badly needed protections for endangered wildlife.”

The study analyzed the listing process for 1,338 species protected between 1973 and 2014 to determine how budget constraints, species taxonomy, lawsuits, whether protection was initiated by a petition from an outside party or governmental biologists, and presidential policy choices affected the length of time it took for each species to receive protection. It found that increased funding and lawsuits accelerated protection of species, but that policy choices and taxonomy had mixed impacts on the time required to gain protection. Presidential administration, in particular, had a major impact on listing of species, with only 62 species listed under the second Bush administration compared to 268 under the Obama administration and 522 under the Clinton administration. Vertebrates such as mammals and birds on average received protection in roughly half the time it took for plants and invertebrates, such as beetles and mussels, to receive protection. Delay in protection of species has real consequences, with at least 42 species having gone extinct waiting for protection. We will never again see these plants and animals.

“When it comes to saving endangered species, every year of delayed protections is a year that these animals and plants move closer to extinction,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity and one of the authors of the study. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been taking six times longer than allowed by law. As shown by this study, dozens of species would have had to wait even longer were it not for petitions and lawsuits by concerned citizens.”

The study refutes “unsupported assertions that litigation draws resources away from species conservation,” concluding that “active public involvement through petitions and litigation accelerated species through the listing process.”

The study recommends increased funding and better partnerships with nongovernmental organizations interested in biodiversity protection to address lengthy delays in protection.

“The Endangered Species Act is an incredibly powerful tool for protecting species, but it only works once species are listed as threatened or endangered,” said Dr. Dylan Kesler, another coauthor of the study and a research associate with The Institute for Bird Populations. “Our study highlights the need to greatly accelerate listing of endangered plants and animals, and the benefits that come from working with nongovernmental organizations.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 15, 2016

Birding Burleigh Murray SP and Half Moon Bay 8/14/16 – updated

 Birds, Flowers, Berries and Butterflies in San Mateo County

Yesterday I went birding with several members of the Master Birding class I did last year. We went to Burleigh Murray SP,  and Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, California. Both were new for me.  At Burleigh Murray the group had 20 bird species and Pillar Point 21 species including four terns.

Some of the native flowers in bloom included Yellow Bush Lupine, Pearly Everlasting, Bush Monkeyflower, Lizardtail, Hedge Nettle,, California Blackberry, an aster, Gumplant, and Coast Buckwheat.

Alien flowers in bloom included Coast Tarweed, Yellow Lotus, Mustard, Radish, Sea Rocket and Poison Hemlock.

Berries in-fruit included Thimbleberry, California Blackberry, and Snow Berry.

Other interesting botanical observations were “Old Man’s Beard” (Usnea sp.) lichen hanging from dead trees and Poison Oak starting to show Fall Color

Butteflies seen included Field Crescent, Lorquin’s Admiral and an unidentified Skipper.

There was one unidentified Crescent butterfly that looked like  a California Crescent, which is supposed to be extinct in our area. It has orange antennae clubs as opposed to the dark antennae clubs of the Field Crescent.  I am guessing I am wrong about this so I sent it to Bug Guide for further evaluation. The two crescents look very similar except for the color of the tips of the antennae.
update on above butterfly ID Bug Guide explained

A pale orange antennal tip which is typical of Field Crescents at your locale. California Crescents have similar tips but often brighter orange. Based on the amount of black, forewing spot pattern, and locale this specimen appears to be a Field Crescent.

Also seen were a number of cottontail rabbits

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 15, 2016

A New Threat To California Condors

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports

The California condor doesn’t need more bad news. Captive-breeding programs have brought the bird back from the edge of extinction, but habitat loss and lead poisoning have prevented a stable recovery in the wild.

A new study from UC San Diego raises more reason for concern: A wild population of condors along the central coast in Big Sur has been exposed to pesticides and other toxic substances linked to thinning of eggshells.

About 40 percent of breeding-age condors along the coast have been exposed to DDE, a form of the banned pesticide DDT, which is found in the carcasses of marine mammals — like sea lions — that the scavenger birds regularly feed on.

Read full story at Toxic diet of coastal condors threatens reproduction: UCSD study finds California condors along Big Sur feed on polluted marine carcasses |

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 14, 2016

Free USGS Topo Maps

from National Geographic Maps

FREE!! Printable USGS PDF Quads

A Quick, Easy, and Free way to Download any Quad in the Country

National Geographic has built an easy to use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any quad in the country for downloading and printing. Each quad has been pre-processed to print on a standard home, letter size printer. These are the same quads that were printed by USGS for decades on giant bus-sized pressed but are now available in multi-page PDFs that can be printed just about anywhere. They are pre-packaged using the standard 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 base but with some twists:

  • Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context
  • Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers 
  • Hillshading has been added to each page of the PDF to help visualize the topography
*Please note: 0.5% of the quads have not been processed yet. These quads will appear as originally published by USGS.

To access the site go to  PDF Quads – Trail Maps

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 14, 2016

Good New For Channel Island Foxes

News Release Center for Biological Diversity

Feds Say California’s Endangered Channel Islands Foxes Are Recovered

Endangered Species Act Recovers Fox Populations in Just 12 Years 

VENTURA, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the successful recovery of three out of four unique subspecies of island fox on San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands, removing them from the endangered species list. The agency also upgraded the protection status of the Santa Catalina Island fox — the fourth subspecies — from “endangered” to “threatened” to reflect its status improvement.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 13, 2016

Flowers Photos From A Garden Center

Photos from a visit to Annie’s Annuals and Perennials my favorite garden nursery.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 13, 2016

Mount Rainier Wildflowers 8/12/16

Mount Rainier National Park  reports

Currently Blooming – Updated August 12, 2016
Wildflowers are blooming throughout subalpine meadows in the park. Paradise meadows, Tipsoo Lake, and Berkeley Park near Sunrise are reported to have particularly nice displays. At Sunrise, look for patches of small-flowered penstemon (Penstemon procerus). In addition to being called small-flowered, this penstemon is also small in general compared to other penstemon found in the park. It grows to a maximum height of 12 inches (30 cm). It makes up for its small size with its bright blue-purple flowers.

Wildflower Reports

  • Sunrise (8/11) – grays lovage, small-flowered penstemon, bear grass, magenta paintbrush, cusick’s speedwell, subalpine daisy, mountain dandelion, aster, American bistort, alpine buckwheat, partridgefoot, white-flowered sickletop lousewort, pearly everlasting, sitka mountain ash, pink mountain heather, white mountain heather, shrubby cinquefoil, hellebore
  • Carbon Glacier Trail (8/4) – lower: candyflower, foam flower, bunchberry; upper: stonecrop, fireweed, oregon sunshine, harebell, pearly everlasting, yarrow, columbine
  • Tipsoo Lake (8/4) – lupine, magenta paintbrush, sitka valerian, beargrass
  • Mowich Lake (7/27) – lupine, rosy spirea, subalpine daisy, bear grass, pink mountain heather, white heather, grays lovage, birds beak lousewort, sitka valerian, jeffrey’s shooting star, partridgefoot, wild strawberry, slender bog orchid, fringecup, arrowleaf groundsel, white rhododendron
  • Silver Forest Trail (Sunrise) (7/23) – fan leaf cinquefoil, cusick’s speedwell, magenta paintbrush, tiger lily, alpine aster, gray’s lovage
  • Paradise (7/22) – glacier lily, cusick’s speedwell, avalanche lily, scarlet paintbrush, magenta paintbrush, buttercup, cinquefoil, sitka valerian, bracted lousewort, cascade blueberry, bear grass, arnica, pink heather, white heather, pasqueflower, marsh marigold, sitka mountain ash, jeffreys shooting star, alaska and leatherleaf saxifrage, partridgefoot, willowherb, elephanthead lousewort, agoseris, jacob’s ladder, lovage, rosy spirea, Lewis and mountain monkeyflower, bistort, bluebells, goat’s beard, edible thistle, subalpine daisy, groundsel, cow parsnip.

See photos and more information on Mt. Rainier Wildflowers at Discover Wildflowers – Mount Rainier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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