Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 9, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 7/8/18

Oregon Wildflowers  reports

Saddle Mountain – A perfect display of various colors at both lower and higher elevations was observed. Below are what we saw, though there would`ve been many many more: Columbia Tiger Lily, Harsh and Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, Saxifrage, Oregon Sunshine, Wood Rose, Thimbleberry, Goatsbeard, Yarrow, Iris, Littleleaf Miner`s Lettuce, Thistle, Crimson Columbine, Pink Beardtongue, Vetch, Subalpine fleabane, Oregon Stonecrop, Candy Flower, Salmonberry, Delphinium, Western Coneflower, Arctic Starflower

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 9, 2018

Eastern Sierra & White Mt. Wildflowers 7/9/18

I have spent the last few days in the Eastern Sierra and at White Mt. Wildflower blooms are good at high elevations. Here is a quick report.

On White Mt. the flowers only really start above 10,000 feet. they are found along the unpaved road above Shulman Grove that goes to the Patriarch Grove and Barcroft Gate. Lots of small “belly flowers”. There are thousands of the tiny paintbrush in bloom if you look carefully.

In the Eastern Sierra wildflowers are plentiful. Most are at about 8500 feet and up. I found most of the usual flowers in bloom on Rock Creek Road and Bishop Creek road. Of special note was the abundance of Lupine this year on Rock Creek Road and the little trail that goes off to the left at the beginning of the South Lake Trail that has many species in bloom and is a lush wildflower garden.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 9, 2018

The Strange Reason Owl Theft May Be On The Rise

The BBC reports that the theft of owls and other raptors has increased and the surprising reason why at  BBC – Capital – The strange reason owl theft may be on the rise

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 8, 2018

Marin Wildflower Report

Marin CNPS has a new post with photos from

plants seen at the end of last week in the Limantour area of Point Reyes, and one on the way back. They include the salt marsh area and the coastal scrub.

 

Bird Studies Canada writes about the success of the Space to Roost Project whose goal has been to reduce human disturbance to shorebirds at high-tide roost sites in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin.

Compared to what we observed in 2016, in 2017:
• Fewer shorebirds were disturbed by people at both Shorebird Resting Beaches;
• 100% of anglers respected the Shorebird Resting Beaches;
• The proportion of people interviewed who knew the importance of the area to shorebirds increased from 47% to 78%;
• The proportion of beachgoers staying on the dyke above the Guzzle Shorebird Resting Beach increased.

Read article at Space to Roost Project Makes a Difference for Shorebirds in NS

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 7, 2018

New Threat To Endangered Species Act

Defenders of Wildlife News Release

PROPOSED REWRITES TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT DENY SCIENCE, FEDERAL OVERSIGHT

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) wants to drastically rewrite the Endangered Species Act (ESA), our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. In newly proposed legislation, he would shift key authority for conserving threatened and endangered species to individual states, which lack the laws, resources and political will needed to protect imperiled wildlife and their habitat. The ESA already allows for flexibility in protecting endangered wildlife, empowering federal, state, local and tribal officials to work together to prevent extinction.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 6, 2018

Bay Area Gains 730 Acres Redwood Reserve

Bay Nature reports

Bay Area Gains 730 Acres of “a California Treasure” at Soon-To-Be Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve

In a historic acquisition by Save the Redwoods League, a privately-owned forest of old-growth redwoods (larger in acreage than Muir Woods!) will become available to the public for the first time. Now called Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve, the forest will take on a renewed importance as a “refuge of resilience and forest health as climate change continues”.

Read more at Bay Nature Magazine: Discovery of The Oldest Redwood in the Bay Area Bay Nature

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 6, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 7/6/18

Two Facebook pages with recent wildflower photos and reports:

Marin CNPS has a new posts and photos for Mt. Tamalpais

California Wildflower Report

  • Lundy Canyon
  • Marble Mountains
  • Eastern Sierra
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 6, 2018

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 7/2/2018

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

It’s finally starting to feel like summer! The scarlet paintbrush along Stevens Canyon road is particularly lush this year. Its bright red color is contrasted with blue-purple lupine, yellow tiger lily, pink rosy spirea and more.

Read more about Sunrise, Paradise and other wildflower areas and see photos at https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wildflower-status.htm 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 6, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 7/6/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for July 6, 2018 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 | July 6, 2018

Gray Jays Get Their Old Name Back: Canada Jay

CornellLab of Ornithology reports

Perisoreus canadensis was known as the Canada Jay from the 19th century until 1957—when the American Ornithologists’ Union changed the bird’s common name to Gray Jay.

The name change was considered a double slight by many Canadian ornithologists and birders: the loss of a national moniker compounded by an Americanized spelling of gray (not grey). [See Canada’s Gray Jay Debate, Winter 2018]

But now, the bird is the Canada Jay again, after a 9-to-1 vote by a committee of the American Ornithological Society (as the AOU is now called) to restore the species’s official common name.

Read full story at  Gray Jays Get Their Old Name Back: Hello Canada Jay! | All About Birds

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt Resigns

Read story at Trump Accepts the Resignation of Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. Chief – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 5, 2018

Migratory Bird Treaty Act Turned 100

Defenders of Wildlife News Release

Washington,July 03,2018

Migratory Bird Treaty Act Turns 100

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The MBTA protects more than a thousand species of migratory birds from overhunting and commercial activities; it has prevented the extinction of migratory birds like the snowy egret and red knot, and has long incentivized industries to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize migratory bird deaths. But in December 2017, the Trump administration abruptly reversed decades of management and enforcement policy by reinterpreting the MBTA on the eve of its centennial. Under a legal memorandum issued by Department of the Interior, incidental take caused by industries such as utility and energy companies is entirely exempted from the law’s prohibitions. Under the Trump administration’s new policy, the MBTA will only protect migratory birds against purposeful killing and unauthorized hunting.

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The Huffington Post reports

Properties owned by the families of President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner rank among the biggest contributors to the city’s carbon footprint.

…the biggest contributors to carbon dioxide pollution in New York, where just 2 percent of buildings produce nearly 50 percent of the city’s climate-altering emissions, according to a report released by New York Communities for Change, the People’s Climate Movement NY, the Working Families Party and two other city-based environmental nonprofits.

Read full story at  2 Percent Of New York City’s Buildings Emit Half Its CO2 Pollution. They’re Luxury Towers. | HuffPost

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 3, 2018

Flowers, Birds, Butterflies Of Sweden

I have put together a collection of photos of Wildflowers, Birds, Butterflies and a few others from a recent Natural History Trip I did  with Greentours Natural History Holidays to the Swedish Islands of Gotland, Stora Karslö and Fårö between May 27 and June 3, 2018. You can see an album of the photos at Gotland Sweden. 

If you prefer to see them as a slide show click the little icon of a computer screen that is third from the right on the top left hand corner of the screen when you get to the album

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 3, 2018

New Park In South San Francisco

The California Native Plant Society reports on south San Francisco getting a new park

21 Acres of Sign Hill in South San Francisco have been permanently preserved as open space to be known as “Liberty Park“, thanks to a generous donation provided by Cheryl and Ross Liberty, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and City of South San Francisco. This victory is celebrated longstanding advocates of this preservation including San Bruno Mountain Watch, Friends of Sign Hill, and CNPS members Chuck Heimstadt and Loretta Brooks, who perform upkeep on the native plant garden they installed adjacent to the parking lot, and have helped maintain the Sign Hill Ridge Trail for many years.

Read more about the new park at  Liberty Park.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 2, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 7/2/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for June 30, 2018 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 | July 2, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 7/2/18

Three Facebook pages with recent wildflower photos and reports:

Marin CNPS has a new posts and photos for Rock Springs, Mt. Tam

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos

  • San Jacinto Mountains, Riverside County.
  • Beaudry North fire road, Verdugo Mountains
  • Kern Plateau in the Sequoia National Forest at 7400′ this summer’s bloom is ready for your liking! Just above the confluence of Jackass and Fish Creek on Forest Road 21S01 off Sherman Pass Road.
  • Riverside
  • Yolla bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Modini Mayacamas in the mountains on n.e. #SonomaCounty.
  • Apple Canyon Creek and the PCT north of Fuller Ridge.

California Wildflower Report

  • Emerald lake trail near Mammoth
  • Near Hartley campground near Mammoth
  • Mammoth Lakes
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 2, 2018

Edgewood Park July Wildflowers

Friends of Edgewood Park have updated its website to show what plants are typically blooming in July. There are  photos of plants you might see. Explore plant locations, plant species, which plant blooms when, and answers to a host of other questions at What’s Blooming This Month.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 2, 2018

Canadian Program Successfully Helping Shorebirds

Bird Studies Canada reports on the success of a program to reduce the impact of human disturbance to shorebirds in high-tide roost sites in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin. Read story at Space to Roost Project Makes a Difference for Shorebirds in NS

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 1, 2018

2018 San Francisco Orchid Show July 21 & 22

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 30, 2018

Lakes Basin and Sierra Valley Report

submitted by Ter Solomon on 6/30/18

Although our natural history group completed this week-long trip a week ago, I will include evidence explaining why I think readers who may want to visit this area in the coming week will be richly rewarded. Our first few days were spent concentrating on birds with close-up viewing in Sierra Valley marsh of a pair of sandhill cranes foraging in the grasslands, various ibis taking off and landing, a peregrine falcon consuming a female mallard, and a three-foot (!) aquatic garter snake “submarine” stalking American coot fledglings. Up at Yuba Pass a few birds were just starting to set up nests, and only the earliest meadow flowers started to bloom, including elephant snouts, mules ears, blue camas and meadow penstemon. The first snow plants were sprouting fresh along with budding spring king boletes, so spring will be at least two more weeks in development.
We concentrated on spring flowers the rest of the week, and the earliest species were out in force, including single stem butterwort, western columbine, small checkerbloom, mountain pride, and wavyleaf paintbrush. Not a single flower of these mid to late spring flowers were seen: triangle-leaf butterwort, corn lily, leopard lily, monkshood, and stream orchid. This coming week should offer nice sightings of more nesting birds and mid-spring flower displays. By the way, several in our group recommend staying at the River Pines Lodge in Graeagle for a reasonable price and a nice restaurant on site.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 30, 2018

Tortoiseshell Butterfly Explosion

The Marin CNPS Facebook page reports there has been an explosion of Tortoiseshell Butterflies at Pt. Reyes. See photos at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156583286972360&set=gm.1057839837724148&type=3&theater 

Large numbers were also reported at Mt. Umunum in San Jose and Lassen National Park.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 30, 2018

July CNPS Schedule: Field Trips and Meetings

California Native Plant Society Chapters:

Bristlecone (Mono, Inyo and NE Kern counties) http://bristleconecnps.org/index.php

  • July 21, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Wyman Canyon, White Mountains.

East Bay https://ebcnps.org/chapter-events-initiatives/field-trips-2/

El Dorado (Sierra foothills around Placerville) https://www.eldoradocnps.org/news-events/field-trips

  • Saturday, July 21st, 8 am to mid-afternoon, Lyons Creek Trail, El Dorado National Forest

Marin http://www.marin.edu/cnps/

  • Bull Point Thursday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

North Coast (Eureka, Arcata and McKinleyville area ) http://northcoastcnps.org/

Redbud (Placer and Nevada Counties) http://www.redbud-cnps.org/

Santa Clara Valley http://www.cnps-scv.org/

Santa Cruz http://www.cruzcnps.org/

Shasta (Shasta, Siskiyou, Modoc, and part of Trinity and Tehama counties) http://www.shastacnps.org/

  • July 13 to 15 Weekend Overnight Field Trip to Warner Mountains

Yerba Buena (San Francisco/Northern San Mateo) http://www.cnps-yerbabuena.org/
July 01 Thursday 7:30pm Program: Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN): Solving Tomorrow’s Problems Today

For other chapters go to: http://www.cnps.org/cnps/chapters/

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 29, 2018

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 6/27/2018

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

Sunrise is open! The Sunrise Road provides access to the subalpine meadows on the eastern slopes of Mount Rainier. This area of the park tends to be drier than the western slopes and has a different mix of wildflowers. This year the Sunrise area is melting out faster than the Paradise area and many wildflowers are already blooming. One of the stars is, of course, magenta paintbrush. Its hot pink color really stands out!

Read more about Sunrise, Paradise and other wildflower areas and see photos at https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wildflower-status.htm 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 29, 2018

Carson Pass: Meiss Lake 6/29/18

Carson Pass Information Station reports

Looking for flowers? The Meiss trail has a great variety. The monument plant is almost ready to bloom!

There are 12 photos at Carson Pass Information Station

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 29, 2018

July 2018 Birding Field Trips

July 2018 Golden Gate Audubon Birding Field Trips

For more information on any of the trips below go to http://goldengateaudubon.org/field-trips/fieldtrips/

  • Lafayette Community Park, Lafayette Sunday, July 1, 8:30 — 11:00 a.m.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Sunday, July 1, 8:00 — 10:30 a.m.
    (First Sunday bird walk)
  • Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley Friday, July 6, 8:30 — 11:30 a.m.
  • Chain of Lakes, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Sunday, July 8, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, HaywardFriday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. — Noon
  • Fort Mason Community Garden, San FranciscoSunday, July 15, 8:00 — 10:00 a.m.
  • Lake Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley Tuesday, July 17, 8:00 — 11:00 a.m.
  • Hilltop Lake Park, Richmond Wednesday, July 18, 9:00 — 10:45 a.m.
  • Corona Heights, San Francisco Friday, July 20, 8:00 — 10:00 a.m.
  • Valle Vista Staging Area, Upper San Leandro Reservoir, Moraga Friday, July 20, 8:30 — 11:30 a.m.
  • Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, Alameda County Sunday, July 22, 8:00 — 11:00 a.m.
  • Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland Wednesday, July 25, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 28, 2018

Carpenter Valley Wildflowers

California Wildflowers has a  description of a recent wildflower hike to Carpenter Valley which is a nature site owned by the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT). Ther habitats includea wet meadow, fens, dry woodland, and stream/riparian. It is located near Truckee in Nevada County. If you would like to visit this area you need to go on a docent guided hike throught the the land trust. Fortunately they have many hikes schedule for this new area. For more information on this new wildflower hotspot and photos ago to  Carpenter Valley Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 28, 2018

California Academy Botany Department Job Posting

from California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences has a position as a Curatorial Assistant III open in the Botany Department. There is a link at the bottom or you can visit our web page, scroll to the bottom of the home page and you will find a link for “careers” at the bottom of the page.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Botanical Collections of the California Academy of Sciences contain more than 2.3 million specimens, including the largest collection of California vascular plants, historical collections from the Galapagos Islands and Mexico, and a rapidly growing collection of bryophytes.These collections are heavily used by researchers from around the world.The collections staff processes dozens of loan and image requests each year in addition to hosting scores of visiting researchers and students.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 27, 2018

Wildflowers Around California 6/26/18

Marin CNPS has the following new posts and photos:

  • upper Cascade falls.
  • Lucas Valley

Botanical Wanderings – California has new posts and photos

  • Maxwell Scenic Trail, Idyllwild, Riverside County
  • Sand Spit Trail, Montana de Oro State Park

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