Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 21, 2019

Wildflower Viewing Behavior

Picking wildflowers is often illegal. Removing or tramping on them interferes with pollination and reduces their numbers. Transplanting blooming wildflowers is rarely successful.

Please do not trespass on private property to view wildflowers. If you are viewing wildflowers that are on private property please view only from neighboring public areas and respect all signs on accessibility.

National Forest Service on Wildflower Ethics and Native Plants Ethics and Native Plants

Tips and park rules provided by California State Parks designed to make viewing the wildflower blooms more enjoyable:

Respect the Landscapes

• Each park has unique landscapes. Stay on designated trails whenever possible. Tread lightly in the desert. Do not trample flowers.

• When viewing the blooms, take only pictures. Flower picking is prohibited.

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The New York Times reports

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the future health risks of air pollution, a shift that would predict thousands of fewer deaths and would help justify the planned rollback of a key climate change measure, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans.

Read article at  E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2019

Westlake Village Wildflowers 5/19/19

See a post of what is in bloom and photos at  the Three Springs Park and Kanan Rd, Westlake Village burn area at Botanical Wanderings – California

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2019

CNPS Has Two New Paid Internships

The CNPS announces

CNPS is accepting applications for two new paid internship positions beginning this summer. Read on to learn how you can join our team and advance your scientific career, or support the education of young conservation botanists.

Thanks to generous contributions from Tom Hopkins and the family and friends of Erin Espeland, CNPS is offering two high-level internships. These internships are honoring two women who were passionate about mentoring others. Both positions are at least half-time and include medical benefits.

Students, apply now!

Learn more at http://cnps.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=5843&em_id=2581.0

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2019

Redwood National Park Wildflowers 5/19/19

See photos for current bloom for Redwood National Park at Botanical Wanderings – California

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2019

Oldest known trees in eastern North America documented 

ScienceDaily reports

A stand of bald cypress trees in North Carolina, including one least 2,624 years old, are the oldest known living trees in eastern North America and the oldest wetland tree species in the world. They show evidence of severe flooding and drought during colonial and pre-colonial times.

Read article at: Oldest known trees in eastern North America documented — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2019

Bi-partisan Wildlife Corridor Conservation Act Introduced

Defenders of Wildlife News Release

WILDLIFE CORRIDORS CONSERVATION ACT OF 2019 INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS WITH BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT FOLLOWING UN REPORT ON GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY CRISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2019) — Marking the most significant step toward national wildlife conservation in decades, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 was introduced today in both houses of Congress. Led by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), the bill was co-sponsored in the Senate by Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D- NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL).

This bi-partisan introduction comes just weeks after the United Nations released a harrowing reportdetailing the threats facing global biodiversity, including wildlife native to America. If passed, the Act will restore habitat and protect America’s native wildlife by establishing a National Wildlife Corridors Program that facilitates the designation of wildlife corridors on federal lands and provides grants to maintain wildlife corridors on non-federal lands. Fragmentation of wildlife habitat has been identified as a significant threat to wildlife across America.

 

“Wildlands Network thanks Sen. Udall and Reps. Beyer and Buchanan for their leadership to protecting America’s Wildlife,” said Susan Holmes, Federal Policy Director, Wildlands Network. “From elk to monarch butterflies, America’s wildlife needs to move across the landscape to survive. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act will reconnect important landscapes and protect species in the face of climate change and development. The UN report makes it clear – we cannot wait any longer to take action. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act is the most significant national proposal to protect wildlife we have seen in decades and gives us hope that we are not too late to protect the wildlife we love and need.”

The Act grants authority to key federal agencies to create a National Wildlife Corridor system on federal public land and creates a Wildlife Movement Grant Program to incentivize the protection of wildlife corridors by state and tribal agencies, as well as interested private landowners, on non-federal lands. It also establishes Regional Wildlife Movement Councils and a National Coordination Committee to identify, prioritize and fund on-the-ground projects supported by state agencies, tribes and local stakeholders.

“America’s wilderness has sustained our treasured native fish, wildlife and plant species for hundreds of years, but this vital part of our national heritage is in jeopardy,” said Sen. Udall. “The habitats and migration routes that our wildlife rely on to move and thrive are under increasing pressures, and our precious biodiversity along with it. In New Mexico, our millions of acres of public lands are home to thousands of iconic species—from the desert bighorns to whooping cranes to Gila trout—that could vanish if we fail to take bold action. These species are essential to our rich natural inheritance and agricultural and economic success, and are an important legacy to pass on to our children. By designating corridors that would connect these vital habitats to one another, we can ensure the survival of some of our most iconic species, from the monarch butterfly to the Louisiana black bear, and preserve our precious wildlife for future generations to come.”

“With roughly one in five animal and plant species in the U.S. at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and fragmentation, one of the simplest yet most effective things we can do is to provide them ample opportunity to move across lands and waters,” said Rep. Beyer. “The U.N. report on accelerating extinctions makes it clear that the window for action to protect the planet’s biodiversity is closing. We badly need to pass the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act.”

“Protecting wildlife and promoting biodiversity are of critical importance in light of a new study warning that one million species are facing extinction,” said Rep. Buchanan. It’s time for Congress to help restore threatened wildlife populations and safeguard our nation’s lands and waters. We don’t get a second chance once a species becomes extinct.”

Wildlife corridors are critically important habitat areas that allow animals to move between areas of habitat, facilitating migration, range expansion, and mating. Protecting wildlife corridors also increases potential resiliency of animal populations in the face of changing landscapes and climate. The bill is supported by nationally recognized scientists, including Harvard’s Dr. E.O. Wilson, and over 220 prominent NGOs nationwide.

“The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would provide the most important step of any single piece of legislation at the present time in enlarging the nations protected areas and thereby saving large swaths of America’s wildlife and other fauna and flora, especially in this critical time of climate change and shifting locations of the original environments in which a large part of biodiversity has existed,” renowned biologist E.O. Wilson said of the bill.

“Defenders of Wildlife commends Sen. Udall, Rep. Beyer and Rep. Buchanan for their leadership in protecting America’s wildlife. Confronting a rapidly changing climate and pressure from human development, wildlife need the freedom to move across our nation’s landscape. The legislation introduced today draws all Americans into the effort to support wildlife by mapping the corridors and connecting landscapes that they need to survive and thrive,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife.

The bill would also improve wildlife-related recreational opportunities and has received support from major outdoor brands, including Patagonia and Osprey Packs.

“We are still in business today because we fight for the protection of our public lands and waters and the biodiversity that they support,” stated Alison Huyett, Patagonia’s Environmental Campaigns Manager. “We are proud to stand behind this critical legislation that will help protect and restore America’s native wildlife and create more resilient landscapes.”

Wildlife species in need of protected corridors include the pronghorn antelope, an important game species in the Southwest, whose survival depends upon the ability to migrate seasonally. Even small insects like the monarch butterfly need protected corridors to migrate up to 3,000 miles. It can take 3-4 generations to complete a full migration, and without protected places along the flyway for them to rest and reproduce, the species could be lost entirely.

“The recent UN report makes it crystal clear that America needs more tools to protect plants and animals,” stated Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “We have ignored biodiversity for too long and at our own peril. If we want to recover declining plant and animal populations–and reap the benefits of biodiversity for the health and safety of humans–wildlife corridors are a no-brainer.”

“The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act will provide a crucial lifeline for many of America’s native species,” stated Rob Ament, Senior Conservationist at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, “so they can safely move across America’s landscapes to meet their daily, seasonal and lifetime needs.”

“The National Parks Conservation Association commends the legislation for the benefits that it could provide to wildlife that travel beyond park boundaries such as Los Angeles mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association. “The legislation would build upon the success of the Path of the Pronghorn outside of Grand Teton, America’s first nationally protected wildlife corridor which serves as a testimony to the success of community, state and federal collaboration.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2019

Blue Sky Reserve Wildflowers 5/17/19

See a few photos from Blue Sky Reserve in Poway, CA. at (5) Botanical Wanderings – California

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2019

Santa Monica Mountains Wildflowers 5/18/19

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has one new report

This has been a year when almost any hike you take in a wild place is going to give you a gratifying display of wildflowers. The popular media has frequently provided us all with dramatic flower reports and suggestions of where to see the more spectacular displays. Added to that is the drama and beauty of the recovering burned landscapes here in the Santa Monica Mountains. All in all this is a flower season not to be missed.

Malibu Creek State Park Phantom Trail 5/12
         We took the southern half of the Phantom Trail again yesterday [5/12/19]. This is the Mulhollland end, heading north towards Liberty Canyon Road. It’s still quite an experience, but changed from last month. Now, it’s Butterfly Central – – millions of them [no exaggeration]. They’re swarming all around you at the trailhead, and they’re all over the flowers in front of and beside you as you walk. You’ll flush them off the plants as you go. We were totally alone on the trail, yet far from alone – – no other people, but more butterflies in a couple hours than you’ll likely see the rest of your life.
As for plants, the flower mix is now mostly wild mustard and at least three types of phacelia, including the large flower kind. There are still poppies in bloom here up near the highest peak along the trail; a few thousand there and along the nearby ridges, not many elsewhere. We did also see lots of other flowers, but in smaller quantities: datura, scarlet pimpernel, owls clover, Indian paintbrush, snakeroot, common sunflower, and something white and vaguely snapdragonish [see photo] among others we couldn’t identify. As expected, the lupine were all but gone, having turned into tan crunchy hollow stalks that crumble easily.
As for trail conditions, the mustard has really taken over for much of the first mile; it wraps around your feet as you hike, whaps you in the face, and tugs at your arms. Very bush-whacky, not suitable for children. Even finding the trail is more of a challenge now; the half-burned sign is now shrouded in mustard, and the path is overgrown enough that you have to pick your way along it carefully. But if you need a final flower fix before the season ends, or want to be totally surrounded by butterflies, check it out.
How many butterflies can you count? Less than a dozen and you’re not trying.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2019

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 5/18/19

Henry Coe State Park has updated its wildflower bloom report at the Pine Ridge Association website with photos and a list of flowers now in bloom at: Henry W. Coe – Wildflower Guide.

New Website Link: Henry Coe has updated its website and changed the wildflower link. The new link is https://coepark.net/blooming 

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2019

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 5/18/19

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Bloom update as of May 18, 2019:

The poppies and almost all the other wildflowers have faded down to a few tiny patches, there are almost none left.  The beavertail cactus is still in bloom, though.  The Poppy Reserve is a desert grassland, and now without the flowers to brighten up the landscape.  The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center is now closed for the season and will open again March 1, 2020.  It features a few nice exhibits related to the poppies and other wildflowers, a short film covering the same subjects, and art work created by the founder of the Poppy Reserve.  It also has poppy related merchandise for sale.  The Poppy Reserve is a nice place to hike before the summer heat settles in, with 8 miles of graded trails and a covered picnic area.

Please remember, visitors must stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only; photos in the flowers are not allowed in the park. Walking in the poppies creates dirt patches and may result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged the habitat; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come.

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TUCSON, Ariz.— The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California.

Today’s announcement from the Department of Homeland Security says waivers will be used to build walls through Organ Pipe Cactus National MonumentCabeza Prieta National Wildlife RefugeSan Bernardino National Wildlife RefugeCoronado National Memorial and numerous designated wilderness areas. The bollard-style barriers will block wildlife migration, damage ecosystems and harm border communities.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2019

Oregon Wildflowers 5/17/19

New reports from Oregon Wildflowers:

Overview – Although the wildflowers continue to bloom in the Eastern Columbia Gorge, they are generally past peak (especially the balsamroot). However, other locations are starting to bloom…

Cape Horn (Western Columbia Gorge) – the fantastic annual Tall Larkspur (Delphinium trollifolium) display is about to start. There are thousands in bud, and they should be opening over the next several weeks. Other wildflowers currently blooming include: Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Mountain Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza occidentalis), Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana), Fairy Lanterns (Prosartes smithii), Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), Stream Violet (Viola glabella), and Big-leaf Sandwort (Arenaria macrohylla). See Paul’s photos in the OW Facebook group.

Crooked River Grasslands near Gray Butte (Central Oregon) – many wildflowers are in bloom at this location, including rough eyelash (Blepharipappus), Carey’s balsamroot, threadleaf phacelia, penstemon, larkspur, lupine, daggerpod, Woolly-pod milkvetch, dwarf monkeyflower, paintbrush, prairie smoke (Geum triflorum), rockcress, Tolmie’s onion, phlox, yarrow, ballhead waterleaf, and death camas. See her photos in the OW Facebook group.

Hamilton Mountain (Western Columbia Gorge) – Susan Garland reports that dozens of wildflower varieties are blooming, especially fairy bells, Fringecup, Oregon Grape, and bleeding Hearts. See her photos in the OW Facebook group.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2019

Southern & Central California Wildflower Reports 5/17/19

Theodore Payne has new wildflower report for May 17 for Central and Southern California. You can find it with photos  and older reports at Theodore Payne Wildflower Hotline

The Hotline is meant to help people enjoy the unique and beautiful nature of Southern California, without diminishing that resource in years to come. We encourage people to treat these floral treasures with the respect due to all living organisms.

Flower viewing etiquette is simple:

  • Stay on the paths
  • Stand on bare ground
  • Leave the flowers unharmed

This week’s report includes

  • Pinnacles National Park Hungry Valley State Park
  • Placerita Canyon Nature Center
  • Southern California Montane Botanic Garden at the Oak Glen Preserve
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  • Environmental Nature Center
  • Elizabeth Learning Center

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2019

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 5/11/19

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 5/11/19

The rain this weekend may extend the blooms of some flowers. The higher elevations in the northern section of the park have a nice variety of wildflowers blooming, though new species are starting to bloom in the southern part of the park due to the lower elevation. It is always interesting to see what new flowers have started to bloom each week.

The hillside near the north entrance still has lupine, some poppies, and the lacy yellow wild parsley in bloom. Watch for more poppies, the large bush lupine and the sunflower-like balsamroot blooming along Spaghetti Pass and in the grasslands. There are some outstanding patches of the vibrant poppies along Wheatfield Trail, and as you drop into the valley near Edison Campground.

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National Parks Conservation Association News Release

Polluted Parks report documents the distressing effects of air pollution on national parks

Washington, D.C. – Of the 417 national parks evaluated, 96 percent of America’s national parks are plagued by significant air pollution problems. This and other alarming facts were included in Polluted Parks: How America is failing to protect our national parks, people and planet from air pollution, a report released today by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). The report, which documents the distressing effects of air pollution on national parks, also finds:

  • Eighty-five percent of national parks have air that is unhealthy to breathe at times;
  • Eighty-nine percent of parks suffer from haze pollution;
  • Soils and waters in 88 percent of parks are affected by air pollution which in turn impacts sensitive species and habitat;
  • And climate change is a significant concern for 80 percent of national parks, though all parks are affected to some level.

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Reuters reports

The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two long-mothballed leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, a key step in opening up the popular wilderness and recreation area to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups.

Read story at  Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining – Reuters

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2019

Yosemite: Glacier Pt. Road to Temporarily Close

Yosemite National Park reports

As a result, Glacier Point Road will close tonight (May 15) at 6 pm and will remain closed at least through Thursday.

Depending on snow level and amounts, tire chains could be required on other roads! Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check on road conditions and chain requirements.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2019

Possible Permanent Protection for Ruby Mts.

Sierra Club News Release

Ruby Mountains Get Their Big Moment in US Senate

Public Lands Champions Call for Permanent Protection of Nevada’s Prized Landscape

Washington, DC– Today, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining held a hearing on several public lands bills, including the Ruby Mountains Protection Act. Sen. Cortez Masto’s legislation would permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing anywhere within the Ruby Mountains’ Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The bill marks the first piece of federal legislation to safeguard the Rubies permanently– a landscape that has been consistently under threat from the Trump administration’s oil and gas lease sales.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2019

Oregon Wildflowers 5/13/19

Oregon Wildflowers has three new  reports

Dog Mountain 5/12/19 the balsamroot is blooming in the famous meadows below the summit. Although it looks good, it is not yet at its peak. Given the current wet weather spell, I am guessing that peak bloom will not occur for at least another week.

Saddle Mountain 5/13/19 Although it is still early in the season for Saddle Mountain, Sera Fae reports that the following wildflowers are blooming now: Western bluebells (Mertensia platyphylla), Baneberry (Actaea rubra), Pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa), Star-flowered Solomon`s seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Western trillium (Trillium ovatum), Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum), Scouler`s valerian (Valeriana scouleri), Coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus), checker lily (Fritillaria affinis), wild strawberry (Fragaria sp.), pea-vine (Lathyrus sp.), Field chickweed (Cerastium arvense), Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale), Fringecup, monkeyflower, fairy lantern, redwood sorrel, Pink Fawn Lily (Erythronium revolutum), Cascade desert parsley (Lomatium martindalei), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), prairie smoke (Geum triflorum), Shooting stars, early blue violet (Viola adunca), Spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa), and Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia).

Silver Star Mountain 5/13/19 Although it is still early in the season for Silver Star Mountain, Kathy Dragich reports that the following are currently blooming: spreading phlox, red-flowering currant, Oregon iris, Pacific bleeding heart, Oregon anemone, camas, Smith`s fairy bells, Hooker`s fairy bells. Oregon fawn lilies, paintbrush, avalanche lilies, trillium, oaks toothwort, early blue violet, and Oregon grape.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2019

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 5/14/19

Henry Coe State Park has updated its wildflower bloom report at the Pine Ridge Association website with photos and a list of flowers now in bloom at: Henry W. Coe – Wildflower Guide.

New Website Link: Henry Coe has updated its website and changed the wildflower link. The new link is https://coepark.net/blooming 

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2019

Mt. Tamalpais Wildflowers

The Marin CNPS has a posting with 35 photos from recent Marin CNPS Field Trip to Old Stage Rd., Nora Trail and Matt Davis Trail on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County at (1) Marin Native Plants

Science at Cal (Berkeley, CA)  presents a lecture on Human caused climate change in US national parks  with Prof. Patrick Gonzalez Saturday May 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM 100 Genetics and Plant Biology, UC Berkeley

From wildfires burning in Yosemite National Park, California, to glaciers melting in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, published scientific research has detected changes in United States national parks and attributed them to human-caused climate change.

Read more at  Lecture – Human-caused climate change in US National Parks • Science at Cal

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2019

Hwy. 395 Eastern Sierra Wildflowers 5/12/19

California Wildflower Report has a post for highway 395 near Olancha

Giant four o’clock’s, Indian paintbrush, mariposa lilies, onion, indigo bush, & cactus are just a few of the many flowers blooming along hwy 395, Eastern Sierras, near Olancha.

See nine photos of what is blooming at (7) California Wildflower Report – Home

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2019

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 5/12/19

Botanical Wanderings California has a wildflower post for Hungry Valley

California Poppies Dominate the landscape now. Mostly at the northern end.

See thirty photos at (8) Botanical Wanderings – California

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2019

Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change? 

The New York Times reports on human efforts to help trees adapt to climate change

foresters in Rhode Island and elsewhere have launched ambitious experiments to test how people can help forests adapt, something that might take decades to occur naturally. One controversial idea, known as assisted migration, involves deliberately moving trees northward.

Read full story at Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change? 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2019

Merced River and Yosemite Wildflowers 5/9/19

photos and report by Kathi Dowdakin

It’s Madia season along the Merced River (May 7 to 9)

The Merced is running fast and furious, as are the waterfalls in Yosemite NP.  We’ve been through this part of California when the canyon walls were dripping with Poppies.  Not many of those to be found this year, but there are thousands of Madias in bloom along Hwy 140, from Midpines to Yosemite.  When you get east of Briceburg, there is less competition from the annual grasses, and the wildflowers are more readily apparent.  White Globe Lilies, Chinese Houses, Lupines, Mariposa Lilies, Buttercups, Paintbrush, and Clarkias abound.  The Redbuds along the river bank are just about done, but the Spicebush is covered with flowers.  Cross the river at either Briceburg (trailhead area for the Merced River Trail, along the old railway bed), or at El Portal, and check out the butterfly parade.  Sara Orange-tips, Ringlets, Swallowtails, Checkerspots zoom by constantly.  Foresta Rd, across the river at El Portal, has been paved since we last visited making the FS campgrounds there far more attractive, without the blanketing dust.
Some of the flowers we saw, like the Mentzelia/Blazing Star, Pholistoma/Fiesta Flower, and the Papaver californicum/Fire Poppy, are not (or are poorly) documented as occurring thereabouts, on the Calflora Database website.  So those of you who are serious plant nerds or have the iNaturalist app on your smartphone – opportunity knocks!  Make a large loop to include Evergreen Road, off of Hwy 120, Mather Road, and Cherry Lake Road – another poorly documented area, with many treasures to discover.  Calochortus minimus is just one such.   Just get yourselves there early, like before 10 AM weekdays, to pass through the Yosemite entrance stations to avoid the lines.  Or, go on a day when rain is predicted, like it was on May 9, and it may be like old times at the Park, no lines, no crush, easy.  The echoing thunder is glorious, and you need a raincoat to visit any of the waterfalls anyway.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2019

Mendocino Wildflowers: MacKerricher State Park 5/11/19

Endangered Plants of California reports

Seen in bloom today at Ten Mile Dunes Preserve, MacKerricher State Park, Ft. Bragg, Mendocino County:

  • Menzies’ wallflower (Erysimum menziesii), FE, SE, CRPR 1B.1;
  • round-headed Chinese houses (Collinsia corymbosa), CRPR 1B.2;
  • Howell’s spineflower (Chorizanthe howellii), FE, ST, CRPR 1B.2;
  • Mendocino paintbrush (Castilleja mendocinensis), CRPR 1B.2;
  • dark-eyed gilia (Gilia millefoliata), CRPR 1B.2.
  • All seen in coastal dune and bluff scrub habitat.

See photos at (4) Endangered Plants of California

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2019

Santa Monica Mountains Wildflowers 5/10/19

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has two recent reports

Malibu Creek State Park Backbone Trail 5/10
         Today I hiked the westbound backbone trail from the Piuma Trailhead, just south of Tapia Park on Malibu Canyon Road. If you hike a couple miles up this trail you will be treated to fields of Large Flowered Phacelia. I have never seen so much of this flower in one place, spectacular! Look for them on the side of the trail that slopes down into the canyon. On the way up I saw Orange Monkey Flower, Yellow Pincushion, Bush Lupine, Deerweed, Morning Glory, a couple other kinds of Phacelia, Bush Poppy, Indian Stars, and a couple of Fire Poppy’s.
Solstice Canyon TRW Loop Trail 5/7
         Solstice Canyon has reopened within the last month following damage from the Woolsey Fire. Most trails are now open. I took the TRW Loop which heads uphill starting just beyond the parking lot. The first impression is that there is nothing there but the charred skeletons of chaparral shrubs and endless invasive mustard plants, many over ten feet tall. However, a closer look shows that there are many native plants growing under and around the mustard. There is a lot of wild morning glory, caterpillar phacelia and bush sunflower. Fire followers; coastal lotus, Hubby’s phacelia, sticky phacelia and large flower phacelia are present. I encountered the first rose snapdragons that I have seen this season. As the trail descends to the creek there is much less mustard and quite a bit of canyon sunflower.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2019

How Does DEET Repel Mosquitoes So Effectively?

NPR reports

DEET works in at least two ways, according to Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller and senior author of the study. “Mosquitoes are repelled by its smell and by its taste,”

Read Story at: How Does DEET Repel Mosquitoes So Effectively? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Today I went to Mitchell Canyon at Mt. Diablo with several friends from the Masterbirding program. Highlights included seeing Mt. Diablo Fairy Lantern which is still in bloom, seeing a good number of butterflies and  We had identified 33 bird species including Western Tanager, one of my favorites, 8 butterfly species and 19 wildflowers in bloom. It was a busy day for birders as we ran into two Golden Gate Audubon birding class field trips and a number of other birders on the trail as well. If you go stay on the trail/road as there is an abundance of Poison Oak in the area.

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