Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 24, 2017

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 5/21/17

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower  report for 5/21/17

While many of the flowers have faded, the warm weather and the rain a few weeks ago have encouraged the California poppies! The orange patches of poppies are getting larger and are easier to see as the grass turns brown. There are several nice displays along the north entrance road and in the grasslands. The prickly poppies can also be seen around the park with their large showy white flowers on tall prickly stalks.

New bloomers are still being found; the larkspur has flowered above the fiddlenecks along Powerline Road near Badger, and the chaparral nightshade was spotted in the grasslands as well. The golden yarrow has added a splash of yellow to many areas of the park.

The yerba santa continues to blossom along several of the roads and trails with its pale purple flowers. The bladderpod is fading flower-wise, but the large green seed pods now illustrate the name. The yuccas are in full bloom in the south end of the park.

Two types of the Mariposa lily are blooming along the north entrance road and the S curve near Smith Forks. The desert Mariposa lily is a deep orange while the butterfly Mariposa lily comes in several shades, with burgundy being seen on the hill above the kiosk.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 24, 2017

 Marin Headlands Wildflowers 5/22/17

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has a new posting with photos of Marin Headlands from this past Monday. See photos and older posts at Marin Native Plants

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 24, 2017

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 5/23/17

Homestead Valley Land Trust reports on May 23

NEW
– American wild carrot with small white umbels and feathery leaves is blooming in the meadow above 8.
– California angelica with a large white umbel is blooming beside the Eagle Trail.
– Chilean trefoil is blooming bright yellow up on the ridge.
– Purple clarkia and its purple cone flowers is blooming in the meadow beside the Upper Eagle Trail.
– Featherweed is blooming ochre along the forest trails.
– Yellow coralroot, another yellow spike, is blooming at the indian warrior patch, 15.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 24, 2017

Birding Festival Calendar

I finally updated the way overdue Birding Calendar in the Birding section Natural History Wanderings. Here are the events for the rest of 2017

 California Bird and Nature Festival 2017 Calendar

June

Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua Lee Vining, CA June 16-18, 2017

Get your binoculars ready for the 16th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua coming June 16-18, 2017! Eastern Sierra Audubon is a proud sponsor of this great birding event. We hope you’ll be here to celebrate and support the rich diversity of bird life, the legacy of avian research, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra—all while having a darn good time. We hope to see you at the Chautauqua!

Registration opens Monday, April 15th at 6:30am. We encourage you to register online at that time as some classes do fill quickly. As you gear up for registration, please read our tips for a smooth registration process. There are no early registrations. The complete Chautauqua program will be available online soon, so you can choose your first, second, and third choices ahead of time.

September

 Birding the Valley Coleville/Walker/Topaz, Northern Mono County September 9-10, 2017

Explore the beautiful Antelope Valley in Northern Mono County, with birding, hiking, geology, photography, and more.

November

California Swan Festival Marysville, CA November 10-12, 2017
Sandhill Crane Festival Lodi, CA November 4-6,2017

If you are aware of a festival that is not mentioned here please submit a comment.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 23, 2017

Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers 5/22/17- updated

Oregon Wildflowers has three new reports for the Columbia River Gorge

Dog Mountain – Although the balsamroot is not yet at its peak, there are numerous flowers blooming including: Fairy slipper, Spreading Phlox, Chocolate Lily, Mountain Pennycress, Bi-colored cluster lily, Indian Paintbrush, Western Starflower, White Western Groundsel, and Nuttall`s Larkspur. Additional photos can be found here and here.

Ruckel Creek Trail -the wildflowers in the hanging meadows along this trail look wonderful. Photos available at this FB page.

Hamilton Mountain There are plenty of wildflowers to see along the Hamilton Mountain Trail.

Forest flowers include: Candyflower (Calytonia sibirica), Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), a lone patch of Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) near the upper trailhead, Fringecup (Tellima grandiflora), Trailing Blackberry (Rubus ursinus), Vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla), False Solomon`s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), Star Solomon`s Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Western Baneberry (Actaea rubra), Hooker`s Fairybell (Disporum hookeri), Smooth Yellow Violet (Viola glabella), Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes), Columbia Windflower (Anemone deltoidea), Large-Leaved Avens (Geum macrophyllum), Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale), and a few Spotted Coralroot (Corallorrhiza maculata) starting. There are many Small-Flowered Tiger Lily (Lilium columbianum) in bud… no blooms yet.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 23, 2017

Salt Point Wildflowers 5/22/19

Submitted by Marcia Kolb

Salt Point – the ground covered with goldfields, poppies, cream sacs, dwarf brodiaea, thrift, checkerbloom, blue-eyed grass, lupine.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 23, 2017

Oregon Wildflowers: Willamette Valley 5/20/2017

Oregon Wildflowers has two new posts for the Willamette Valley

Horse Rock Ridge  looks wonderful! Due to the prolonged winter, the bloom appears to be 1-2 weeks later than usual. The biggest example are the abundantly blooming Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum) and Henderson`s Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii), which are generally wrapping up by this date.

Blooming in the forest: Fairyslipper (Calypso bulbosa), Oregon Wood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana), Woods Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Candy Flower (Claytonia sibirica), and one last Western Trillium which will probably be finished by the time you read this report.

The meadows and hillsides are covered with profuse amounts of Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus), and Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta). In addition to the abovementioned Erythronium and Dodecatheon, other flowers currently blooming include: Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis), White-Top Clover (Trifolium variegatum), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Trailing Blackberry (Rubus ursinus), Nuttall`s Saxifrage (Saxifraga nuttallii), Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis), Blue Flax (Linum lewisii), Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Narrowleaf Paintbrush (Castilleja attenuata), Cut-leaf Daisy (Erigeron compositus), Meadow Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus) and Menzies` Larkspur (Delphinium menziesii) just starting, Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria affinis), Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), Purple Broomrape (Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea) at higher elevations, and patches of Deltoid Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) in the higher meadows.

Personal favorites such as Tolmie`s Cat`s Ears (Calochortus tolmiei), Slender Clarkia (Clarkia gracilis), and Olympic Onion (Allium crenulatum) have not started yet.

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum The wonderful mid-spring Common Camas (Camassia quamash) display is nearly finished for the season, but there are still plenty of other wildflowers blooming in the Arboretum, including: Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis), Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica), lots of Poison Larkspur (Delphinium trolliifolium)and Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa) especially along the Water Garden Trail, Bigroot (Marah oreganus), Fringe Cup (Tellima grandiflora), False Solomon`s-Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra) near the north end of the Adkison Bridge.

Blooming along the South Boundary Trail: Oregon Iris (Iris tenax), Large-flowered Nemophila (Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana var. platypetala), Western Snake Root (Sanicula crassicaulis), Cat`s Ear Lily (Calochortus tolmiei), Forktooth Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis), Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica), Menzies` Larkspur (Delphinium menziesii), Seep Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus) in damp/wet areas, and Slender Woodland Star (Lithophragma tenellum).

Blooming along Trail 1 to the summit: Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys sp.), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis), plenty of Oregon Iris (Iris tenax), Oregon Checker Mallow (Sidalcea oregana), Forktooth Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum), Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor), Western Snake Root (Sanicula crassicaulis), Cat`s Ear Lily (Calochortus tolmiei), Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum), Nine-Leaf Lomatium (Lomatium triternatum), Bigflower Agoseris (Agoseris grandiflora), Slender Woodland Star (Lithophragma tenellum), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana var. platypetala), and a few Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata) near the summit. Stay on the trail(s) to avoid the profuse poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 23, 2017

Why Seabirds Eat Plastic

NPR  reported on why seabirds are drawn to eating plastic

The fact that sea animals and birds eat floating plastic has long puzzled biologists. Their best guess was that it looks like food. But the new evidence suggests that for a lot of birds, plastic actually smells like food.

Read story at Why Seabirds Love To Gobble Plastic Floating In The Ocean : The Two-Way : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 22, 2017

Wildflower Photo Tips

If you are new to taking photos of wildflowers or dissatisfied with you wildflower photos you might want to take at look at this article on Wildflower Photography Wildflowers Photography tips and tricks – nature magazine.

It has a lot of good practical suggestions. A few more I would add are

If your camera has live view use it to help get a sharper focus.

If your camera has a depth of field preview button use it to see what parts of the flower are in focus and to see if your background is distracting or complementing your subject.

If you get really serious about flower photography I would recommend getting a Macro lens.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 21, 2017

Half Dome Cables Will Go Up Late

Yosemite National Park reports

Due to lingering snow, the instillation of the Half Dome cables will be delayed until at least June 2 this year (instead of May 26). If you have a Half Dome hiking permit for the dates between May 26 and when the cables are installed, your permit fee will be refunded. Once cables are installed, permits will be available via the Daily Lottery on recreation.gov. Learn more: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 21, 2017

Yosemite National Park Wildflowers 5/20/17

Calphoto had a detailed post on Yosemite National Park for May 17 to 20. Here are some excerpts:

  • Along Cherry Lake Road and Mather Road at 3.5k to 4.2k elevation, most wildflower species are 2 to 3 weeks late.  These are 2014 Rim Fire burn areas.  Indian pink is near peak.  Miniature lupine, harlequin lupine are about a week from peak while bush lupine is at peak.  The latter also covers acres of parts of the Tuolumne Canyon walls.  Deer brush is at peak bloom with its greenish white hues densely covering acres of some roadside Mather Rd slopes.  Several other species are not yet out. Also now covering more slopes after 3 years of recovery is the unpleasant mountain misery while its even more unpleasant cousin, poison oak is still much less.
  • Along Hetch Hetchy Road glacial flats, miniature lupine, madia, and white meadowfoam are at peak while clarkias have not yet appeared.  There are few wildflowers showing at Ackerson Meadow at 4.6k.  Overall there are far fewer blooms than in 2015 right after the fire.
  • Inside the park along SR120 Pacific dogwood are at peak.  …. Iris are out at El Capitan Meadow while western azalea and most other species are not.  Dogwood are at peak.  The rainbow on Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View occurs at 4:15pm and is excellent given the large flow. Road work and detours are all over the valley floor roads making travel tedious given the large numbers of visitors even midweek.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 21, 2017

San Luis Obispo Wildflower Photo Slideshow

I have put together a slideshow of wildflowers and a few other things from a recent trip to San Luis Obispo County. Photos were taken between May 2 and May 6 and mostly taken near the coast. You can see it on YouTube at San Luis Obispo Wildflower Slideshow

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 21, 2017

Efforts To Kill Protection For Endangered Species

National Geographic reports

The U.S. Endangered Species Act has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it.

Read story at Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2017

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 5/20/17

Homestead Valley Land Trust reports on May 20

NEW
– California coffee berry is one of our forest shrubs. It has waxy leaves and clusters of small white star flowers.
– Harvest brodiaea, an elegant blue star flower is blooming now above junction 13.
– Hedge parsley, native to Europe, has 3-lobed leaves like a marijuana leaf. Its small white flowers are blooming now. When these fade, there will be small burrs that attach to passerbys and spread this invasive plant along the trails.
– Lance leaf selfheal, a velvety tower of purple is blooming along the trail below 7 and near 11.
– Nipplewort, native of Europe, is a tall yellow flower along the trail above the Tamalpais Drive steps.
– Ocean spray is a forest shrub with soft lobed leaves. The white cone-shaped cluster of frothy flowers are starting to bloom.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 20, 2017

What’s Killing Joshua Tree’s Female Desert Tortoises?

The LA Times reports

Wildlife biologists say an alarming number of female desert tortoise carcasses found earlier this year just outside the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park may be the result of mothers fighting extinction by exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs, even under stress.

U.S. Geological Survey biologist Jeffrey Lovich, who has monitored tortoises in and around the park for two decades, said the potentially lethal response to prolonged drought may become more common throughout the Southern California desert as temperatures rise and forage diminishes.

Read full story at  An ‘evolutionary gamble’ may be killing Joshua Tree’s mother tortoises – LA Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2017

Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers 5/17/17

Pacific Northwest Wildflowers has a detailed plant and animal list for the Loop Trails for East Canyon Creek Access in the Klichitat State Wildlife Recreation Area in the Columbia River Gorge at May 17, 2017

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2017

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 5/19/17

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for May 19, 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 | May 19, 2017

Santa Monica Wildflowers 5/19/17

Santa Monica Mts. National Recreation Area reports

Things are drying out. If you’ve been putting off a flower hike time is running out.

Zuma Canyon-Backbone Trail 5/18/17 The Backbone Trail section through upper Zuma Canyon is a garden right now, with over 80 species currently in bloom. In addition to the “usual suspects”, some of the less common plants to be seen include: Checker Bloom, Stinky Gila (Allophyllum glutinosum), some white-flowered Elegant Clarkia, Large-flowered Phacelia, California Mustard (Caulanthus lasiophylllus), Pine Mat (Gallium andrewsii), and Mountain Dandelion.

Topanga Canyon State Park-Nature Trail 5/17/17 This year’s wonderful flowers are starting to diminish in many places but the Nature Trail in Topanga Canyon State Park, especially the chaparral portion out on the edge of the hillside is still pretty wonderful. It isn’t that there are unusual flowers there, just that there are so many massed flowers. There are bush mallow and lots of bush sunflowers, yucca, wild rose, bush lupine, narrow leaf milkweed and California buckwheat, in great quantities. We saw alligator lizards and a California whip snake. The only downside is that there is a lot of yellow star thistle growing in and near the trail. The prickles easily penetrate most trouser fabric and I pity anyone wearing shorts.

See older reports and photos at What’s Blooming

Santa Monica Mt. Quick Links:
Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains – Photos of 1000 SMM plants.
Archive – Previous “What’s Blooming” reports.
Outdoors – The Calendar of Events for the Santa Monica Mountains NRA.
SMM WildFlowers – The Park’s popular wildflower app for the iPhone.
New! SMM WildFlowers – The Park’s popular wildflower app for Android smartphones (Pre-Release Beta Version)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2017

Southern California Wildflower Reports 5/19/17

Theodore Payne Foundation posted its weekly wildflower report. This week’s reports include

  • Santa Monica Mts.
  • Placerita Canyon Natural Area
  • Bautista Canyon in western Riverside County
  • Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach
  • San Jacinto Mts.
  • Elizabeth Learning Center

See full report and photos at: May 19, 2017 report 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 19, 2017

A Call to Save Our National Monuments

The status of 27 U.S. national monuments is being reconsidered. Leading nature photographers have created a free ebook to show you the beauty at risk. See this spectacular land. Then raise your voice to save it.

Get the free ebook at   Land Almost Lost

Time is short. The comment period for Bears Ears ends May 26; it ends July 10 for all other sites.

Thanks to Michael Frye for making me aware of this ebook and links to make public comments and contact our federal legislators.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2017

Bay Area Wildflower Hikes

Bay Nature reports the following wildflower hikes for this weekend

Sun, May 21  Mary Bowerman Wildflower Walk   at Mt. Diablo
Join naturalists Phil Reed and Steve Beatty as they explore the Mary Bowerman Trail, an easy 1 mile loop with its beautiful seasonal display of wildflowers — and great views! We’ll see how the vegetation type differs according to which way the slope faces, and how various plant species recovered from the September 2013 Morgan Fire. Reservations required.

Sun, May Free Wildflower Walk
The Friends of Edgewood offer free docent-led wildflower walks in Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 March 4th through June 4th.

Find more great hikes, festivals, talks, and volunteer opportunities this weekend on the
Bay Nature Events Calendar.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2017

Calaveras Big Trees Wildflowers 5/18/17

Charlie Russel reports

This is a great time to visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park. In addition to the wonderful Sequoia’s, the Pacific Mountain Dogwood are in full bloom (best trees are in the North Grove area), and there are large numbers of beautiful wildflowers on the Lava Bluff trail. Note that the trail is a bit rugged, as they’ve not cleared out the downed trees that cross the trail. But that didn’t slow us down much.

I don’t have a complete list of flowers yet, as I’m still working on classifying them. We found many kinds of ferns and mosses. Mountain Misery is in full bloom all along the trail. Three kinds of monkey flower (Bicolored, Torrey’s and seep spring). Hartweg’s iris were just starting to come out. Two, maybe three species of Miner’s lettuce. Two different yellow violets. False solomon’s seal just starting to bloom. Multiple native clovers, including big masses of white-tipped clover on one of the hillsides. Indian paintbrush just starting. Canyon dudleya, Miniature lupine, a small fritillary, a pale larkspur, Lemmon’s catchfly, a small cinquefoil all found along the trail in scattered places. There is an exposed, western facing slope about a mile in that had water seeping down the hillside, It had masses of Farewell to spring, huge numbers of seep-spring monkey flower, small baby blue eyes, a big patch of white meadowfoam. If you go up to the top of the hill here there were harlequin lupine and Valley tassels.

Starflower was just starting to bloom, in a week or two there should be masses of them. Leopard lily plants in abundance along one stream, but they are several weeks away from blooming. Lots of columbine plants starting up. Purple milkweed budding but not open yet.

It is a 2.5 to 3 mile hike, with a lot of shade in parts. Really great now, and I expect there to be a wide variety of flowers for several more weeks at least. Hiking during the week, we almost had the trail to ourselves.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 18, 2017

SAVE OUR NATIONAL & MARINE MONUMENTS FROM BIG BUSINESS

from Official Page for The March for Science-San Francisco

05/15/17 – SAVE OUR NATIONAL & MARINE MONUMENTS FROM BIG BUSINESS
The 60 day public comment period for the 27 national monuments put under review by Trump’s executive orders re: the Antiquities Act (13792 – DOI) & Offshore Energy Strategy (13795 – Dept of Commerce), started on Friday May 12, 2017.
As of May 15, over 10K comments have been logged so far!

It may be very impactful if schools and Boy/Girl Scout troops submitted comments from the kids that will inherit the devast

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2017

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 5/16/17

Homestead Valley Land Trust reports on May 16

NEW
– American trailplant, Adenocaulon bicolor, is blooming with small white flowers at the top of a stalk. The bicolor in the Latin name refers to the arrow-shaped leaves that are green on top and whiter underneath. Turn one over to mark your way on the trail.
– Large leather root with its purple head is blooming beside the trail in the meadow below 11.
– Narrow leaved clover with its pink puff flower blooming beside the Homestead Trail.

Forests
Starting
– Cleavers has a very small white flower. The plant creeps and has small cleaving barbs.
Peaking
– Andrew’s clinton, the most exotic bloom of the redwood understory, has started blooming. Its large waxy leaves and bright pink flower can be seen from the road on the bank above Laverne opposite Stolte Grove.
– Coralroot is blooming above the trail in the big Indian warrior patch. Look for it in the woods along the Homestead Trail.
– Fringe cups with its greenish fringed flowers is blooming in the forest beside creeks, next to the bridge on the Eagle trail near 9, along the Homestead Trail and on Laverne right after the last house.
– Hedge nettle with its tall stalk and purple flowers is blooming in the forests.
– Hellebore an orchid, is native to Eurasia. The greenish pink flowers climb a 1′ stalk.
– Pacific star flower, a member of the primrose family, is out with its pretty pink flower, its white center showing off its yellow tipped stamens. Another forest lover, it is blooming on the Eagle Trail between 6a and 6b.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2017

DesertUSA Wildflower Updates 5/16/17

May 16, 2017 – Wildflowers and cactus are still in bloom at the higher elevations, in Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, Eastern Washington and Utah.

DESERT WILDFLOWER UPDATES BY STATE AND PARKS

Arizona Deserts

California Deserts

More Areas

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2017

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 5/14/17

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower  report for 5/14/17

There are still plenty of flowers to brighten your Mother’s Day! The poppies are continuing to bloom in the grasslands, though the grass is getting quite tall now and they can be hard to see. There is a nice display off of Badger and Powerline without too much grass.

Head up to Condor Mesa to see some lupine, chia, and the newly-blooming globe gilia sharing space on the road cuts. The purple gilia and the chia look similar, but the chia has several round flower heads on its stalk and the globe gilia has one.

In the south end of the park, the beavertail cactus and the yucca are still blossoming and the yucca buds continue to sprout, which means the bloom will last a while longer. Another new flower for this spring is the thistle sage, now blooming in a small patch near Lane Ranch.

The wildflowers are beautiful and so is the weather!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2017

Senators Urge Lifting Suspension of Public Land Advisory Groups

from the Office of Senator Ron Wyden

Wyden, Merkley Urge Feds to Lift Sudden Suspension of Public Land Advisory Groups Nationwide

Resource Advisory Councils and Committees provide key community input on public land management issues

WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2017 – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the Interior Department to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management.

The letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke follows reports from Oregonians on public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) that the Department of Interior (DOI) postponed all their meetings until September.

“We are very concerned about this news and would like an answer as to why the RAC meetings were postponed during the BLM’s review of all advisory boards and committees,” Wyden and Merkley wrote. “It is critical that local voices, including RACs, have the opportunity to provide input and take part in the process at all times, not just when those local voices align with the Administration or a large special interest.”

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2017

Sierra Foothills Wildflower Photo Slideshow

A slideshow of a wildflower trip I did in the Sierra Nevada Foothills from March 24 to March 31, 2017.  It was the areas east and west of highway 49 between Mariposa and Jackson. It included Redbuds along highway 120, Hite Cove, Red Hill Road, Ward’s Ferry Road, Eureka Rd. and more.
We mainly used Toni Fauver’s book “Wildflower Walks and Roads of the Sierra Gold Country”.
See slideshow on Youtube at Sierra Foothills Slideshow

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2017

California At Forefront of Climate Fight Change

The New York Times reported

California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump

LOS ANGELES — Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.

President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. He has belittled the notion of global warming and attacked policies intended to combat it.

But California — a state that has for 50 years been a leader in environmental advocacy — is about to step unto the breach. In a show of defiance, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and legislative leaders said they would work directly with other nations and states to defend and strengthen what were already far and away the most aggressive policies to fight climate change in the nation. That includes a legislatively mandated target of reducing carbon emissions in California to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Read full article at California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2017

Oregon Wildflower Updates 5/15/17 – updated

Below are Oregon Wildflowers reports that were submitted during the past week…

One more just posted today Cape Horn in  in Columbia River West inWashington visited 5/15/17.

Location Area/City State Visited
Big Summit Prairie OR 05/14/2017
Camassia Natural Area Portland OR 05/08/2017
Catherine Creek Columbia Gorge (east – WA) WA 05/14/2017
Gray Butte Central Oregon OR 05/14/2017
Painted Hills Unit John Day Fossil Beds Central Oregon OR 05/12/2017
Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside Southwest Oregon OR 05/12/2017
Sevenmile Hill Columbia Gorge (east – OR) OR 05/14/2017
Tom McCall Nature Preserve Columbia Gorge (east – OR) OR 05/14/2017

View wildflower reports for the past two weeks

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