Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 26, 2022

Wild Turkeys, Introduced as Game, Now Thriving

Bay Nature  reports

The California Department of Fish & Game made the change in response to a sizable growth in the population of wild turkey, a species first introduced to California in 1877 as game for hunters. Paradoxically, hunters are now seen as part of the solution to keeping wild turkey numbers in check.

Too many turkeys can be a stress on the local acorn crop and they can out-compete ground-nesting and grassland birds. They also make a nuisance of themselves by damaging gardens, defecating on sidewalks and harassing people for food. Wild turkeys can reach 20 pounds and become quite aggressive, occasionally even charging people.

Read more at Keeping wild turkeys in check > Bay Nature

ScienceAlert reports

A species of clam known only by the 28,000-year-old fossils it left behind has turned up alive and well on an American shoreline.

The small, translucent bivalve, known as Cymatioa cooki, was recently discovered hiding in the rocky intertidal zone of southern California – a place carefully combed over by scientists for many, many years.

Read more at ‘Extinct’ Clam From 30,000 Years Ago Turns Up Just Fine in California : ScienceAlert

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

Wild Turkeys walking down the street in front of my house today


Fall Leaves on our sidewalk

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 24, 2022

Rising Sea Level Could Exceed Estimates for U.S. Coasts

NASA reports

New results show average sea level rise approaching the 1-foot mark for most coastlines of the contiguous U.S. by 2050. The Gulf Coast and Southeast will see the most change.

By 2050, sea level along contiguous U.S. coastlines could rise as much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) above today’s waterline, according to researchers who analyzed nearly three decades of satellite observations. The results from the NASA Sea Level Change Team could help refine near-term projections for coastal communities that are bracing for increases in both catastrophic and nuisance flooding in coming years.

Read more NASA Study: Rising Sea Level Could Exceed Estimates for U.S. Coasts – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2022

Job Openings: Botanists

These positions are located in R5 on the Six Rivers National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Gasquet, CA, Eureka, CA, and Mount Shasta, CA.Serves as an advanced trainee botanist on a Forest Service unit. The incumbent has responsibility for providing assistance to the staff pertaining to a variety of botanical and sensitive plant species duties in support of Forest activities. Read more and learn how to apply at  USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2022

Happy National Fibonnaci Day!

from the National Park Service

Fibonnaci…what? Leonardo Fibonacci (c. 1170 – c. 1240–50) introduced the Hindu-Arabic number system to Europe which included zero. He also recognized patterns in nature with a number sequence where each number is the sum of the previous 2 numbers. Thus-0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13 etc. This pattern shows up in the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower and a pinecone, the curve of a snail shell, and the spiral arms of DNA and galaxies.
Next time you find a cone on the trail, or a shell on the beach, take a moment to enjoy your connection to this universal pattern!
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2022

Gobble Up These Fun Facts on Wild Turkeys

from Audubon

Wild Turkeys are a striking sight, but they weren’t always as easy to spot as they are today. Once decimated across the continent, the gobbler’s population has boomed in recent decades. Despite being one of the most recognizable birds in North America, you might be surprised to discover that you know little about them—and what you think you know might not be true.

Keep reading for a turkey tell-all chock full of fun facts everyone around the table can appreciate.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2022

Green Friday at the East Bay Regional Parks

from the East Bay Regional Parks

Join us on Green Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – for a Free Park Day in Regional Parks. Green Friday is a great time to enjoy the fresh air, admire the fall colors, and spend quality time with family and friends. It’s also great for working off the Thanksgiving holiday meal!

To celebrate Green Friday, the Park District is again waiving all park entrance and activity fees, including parking, dogs, horses, boat launching, and fishing, as well as entrance to Ardenwood Historic Farm. Note the fee waiver does not include state fees for fishing licenses, watercraft inspections, or concessions, such as the Tilden Merry-Go-Round and Redwood Valley Railway steam train.

The Park District’s Green Friday celebration is part of the #OptOutside movement, started in 2015 by REI, to promote healthy alternatives to shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2022

Stacking rocks in state parks can disturb wildlife habitats

Nevada Public Radio reports

Stacking rocks in state parks can disturb wildlife habitats

Listen to the short report at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 22, 2022

Job Openings: Missouri Botanical Garden

As part of its new strategic initiative in science and conservation, the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri USA, is conducting a cluster hire for 8 scientists, curators, and department heads. These include: * Restoration Scientist * Biodiversity Data Curator * Vascular Plant Curator, Asia * Vascular Plant Curator Latin America * Director, Latin America Botany Program * Director, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development * Director, Plant Systematics * Director, Africa & Madagascar The full list of positions is here: 
The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the world’s leading botanical gardens with ~50 Ph.D.-level scientists and curators engaged in systematics, taxonomy, floristics, theoretical ecology, and conservation. The Garden spearheads or is intimately involved in a number of global, regional, and local initiatives such as the World Flora Online, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, and development of TROPICOS, the largest primary plant collections database in the world. Active science and conservation programs include sustained on-the-ground work in Madagascar and eastern Africa, Latin America, and the United States. The Garden’s science and conservation program is over 150 years old and is built upon one of the world’s largest herbaria (>7M specimens).The Missouri Botanical Garden has a number of job openings including
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 22, 2022

Upcoming Sonoma Land Trust Hosted Outings And Events 

from Sonoma Land Trust

We host many outings & events throughout the year. From mountain treks to botany crawls, bird watching to kayaking, there are many ways to join us.

See upcoming outings at  Sonoma Land Trust Hosted Outings And Events – Join Us On The Land

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 22, 2022

Texas Butterfly Center Makes a Comeback After Right-Wing Attacks

The Texas Observer reports

The wildlife sanctuary’s conservation work has been overshadowed by political drama over its location on the border.

More than 100 butterfly enthusiasts descended on the border city of Mission over Halloween weekend to celebrate the annual Texas Butterfly Festival. The event marked a comeback for its host, the National Butterfly Center, which has been threatened and harassed by right-wing extremists who believe (falsely) that the wildlife sanctuary is a human trafficking hotspot. The center closed from January to April over safety concerns.

“We reopened the National Butterfly Center on Earth Day, and this year it was honestly a big celebration,” recalled Marianna Treviño-Wright, director of the center.

Read more at Texas Butterfly Center Makes a Comeback After Right-Wing Attacks – The Texas Observer

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 21, 2022

Outdoor Afro: Celebrating Black Joy in Nature 

The Revelator  has an interview Rue Mapp with the founder of Outdoor Afro and author of the new book Nature Swagger

Outdoor Afro: Celebrating Black Joy in Nature. Black people like nature, too. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at outdoor magazines — at least not before Outdoor Afro got started.

Read interview at Outdoor Afro: Celebrating Black Joy in Nature • The Revelator

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 20, 2022

UC – Berkeley Botanical Garden Photos November 18, 2022

Photos from a visit to the UC-Berkeley Botanical Garden on November 18, 2022.

The garden is currently open daily to the public from ten to five by reservation .  Garden members can enter at nine. There is an entrance fee (free for garden members) and paid parking.  Reservations are required except for garden members. For more information and to make reservations go to UC-Botanical Garden.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 20, 2022

123rd Christmas Bird Count December 14 to January 5

The 123rd Christmas Bird Count is just around the corner! From December 14, 2022 through January 5, 2023, bird lovers of all ages and skill levels throughout the Hemisphere will take part in the nation’s longest-running community science bird project. The Audubon CBC has not only provided valuable data for hundreds of peer-reviewed studies, but it has also become an annual holiday tradition for tens of thousands of birders. We look forward to running another COVID-safe CBC this season, with updated guidelines in place. Read on for more on how you can participate in this year’s count. Learn more

National Parks Conservation Association reports

In a major setback for wildlife protection and conservation, a federal district court today sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, delaying the restoration of comprehensive Endangered Species Act protections for hundreds of species and the places they call home.

Read more at Judge Allows Biden Administration to Delay Restoring Critical Endangered Species Act Protections · National Parks Conservation Association

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 19, 2022

Bark Patterns

The bark on this tree formed interesting patterns that caught my attention on a walk in town today.


Interesting Bark

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 19, 2022

Nepal Fights Deforestation, and Wins 

The New York Times reports

An effort decades in the making is showing results in Nepal, a rare success story in a world of cascading climate disasters and despair.

Read story at How Nepal Grew Back Its Forests

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2022

2022 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

See the galleries of the winners of 2022 Natural Landscape Awards. A lot of good stuff although you may find you disagree with the judges’s final decisions. Best viewed on a larger screen to fully appreciate the work. Check out the galleries at  Competition Galleries – 2022 – Natural Landscape Photography Awards

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2022

Pallid swifts come to UK shores amid worrying changes in climate

The Guardian reports

Warm autumn has brought almost 100 to Britain, a development that is no cause for celebration.

While birders are understandably excited by the record numbers of pallid swifts in the UK, their appearance – like the bee-eaters that bred in Norfolk last spring – are another warning of rapid and worrying changes in our climate. As the appearance of these Mediterranean birds reveals, temperatures more like summer than autumn should not be celebrated, but feared.

Read more at  Pallid swifts come to UK shores amid worrying changes in climate | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2022

New eBird Abundance Trends Maps

from eBird

eBirders help make a game-changing bird conservation tool a reality. New eBird Trends maps show precisely where populations of 583 bird species are changing, using observations submitted by eBirders. For the first time, you can zoom in and pinpoint where bird are increasing or decreasing—a crucial first step to reversing declines like the ones identified by the 2022 U.S. State of the Birds report and the State of the World’s Birds.

Discover the what, why, and how of eBird Trends maps

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2022

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

EarthSky reports

In 2022, the famous Leonid meteor shower will be washed by bright moonlight on the shower’s peak morning, November 18. Try watching from late night until the moon rises.

Read more EarthSky | Leonid meteor shower: All you need to know in 2022

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2022

New Book: Bristlecone Forest Wildflowers

A new wildflower book of one of my favorite places: Bristlecone Forest Wildflowers by Cathy Rose, Karen Ferrell-Ingram, and Stephen Ingram

From Stephen Ingram Nature Photography

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is an extraordinary habitat where resilient, weathered trees and hardy flowering plants thrive in a desert mountain environment. Bristlecone Forest Wildflowers is a detailed plant guide to the wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and grasses found in the subalpine zone of the White Mountains, from the Schulman Grove to the Patriarch Grove. The book includes:

  • Overview of the geology and history of the area
  • 95 plant species profiles, including descriptions of plants, lore, history, and range
  • Diagnostic photos of each plant
  • Map with trails, roads, peaks, and amenities 

Tuck it in your pack as you hit the trails of the Schulman Grove or make the scenic drive to the Patriarch Grove trails.

You can order the book at:

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2022

Why We Need To Protect Ponds

The Revelator reports

Ponds need the world’s attention. These smaller bodies of water don’t get much conservation respect, but research shows they’re actually important refuges for endangered plants and animals.


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 16, 2022

Job Opening: Botanist Aide – Sierra Pacific Industries

from Sierra Pacific Industries

Sierra Pacific Industries is seeking applicants to conduct botanical field surveys for our 2023 field season. Be part of a unique team that works with 220+ special-status plants in 3 California bioregions and 2 floristic provinces.

Sierra Pacific Industries is a third-generation, family owned and operated forest products company. As stewards of the forests, our goal is to maintain and improve the forest ecosystem for future generations.

from East Bay Regional Parks

On November 15th, the Park District Board of Directors unanimously voted to advance efforts to secure funding for development of the first public access point at the new Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the Port Chicago 50. The Park District was awarded a $3 million direct appropriation in the 2022-2023 California state budget for Public access at Thurgood Marshall.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 16, 2022

Using the Calscape Garden Planner

Discover local plants and recreate the Bay Area’s unique plant communities in your own garden!

After four questions, you will end up with a personalized list of plants that have evolved to thrive in your specific area.

To use this helpful tool clickLETS GET STARTED!

SciTechDaily has a video and reports “See a Solar Snake Slither Across the Sun’s Surface – At 380,000 Miles per Hour”

Solar Orbiter has detected a ‘tube’ of cooler atmospheric gases rapidly snaking its way through the Sun’s powerful magnetic field. This observation provides a fascinating new addition to the zoo of features revealed by the Solar Orbiter mission, which is led by the European Space Agency (ESA). It is especially intriguing because the snake was a precursor to a much larger eruption.

The snake was spotted on September 5, 2022, as the Solar Orbiter spacecraft was approaching the Sun for a close pass that took place on October 12. The ‘snake’ is a tube of cool plasma suspended by magnetic fields in the hotter surrounding plasma of the Sun’s atmosphere.

See video and read more at : See a Solar Snake Slither Across the Sun’s Surface – At 380,000 Miles per Hour

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2022

Mono County Road Updates

Mono County tourism reports

Hwy 89 Monitor Pass and Hwy 270 The Bodie Road are back open! 🚘 Hwy 108 is closed for the winter. For up-to-the minute road conditions go to

The San Francisco Chronicle reports

Park officials announced Tuesday that the contentious crowd-control policy enacted during the first two years of the pandemic and continued a third year because of construction will not be in place next year. The reservation requirement covered the park’s peak summer season.

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