Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2017

Happy Birthday John Muir

Happy birthday to America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist: John Muir! Born April 21, 1838, he shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country’s wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & King’s Canyon national parks — earning him the nickname the Father of the National Parks. What better way to honor Muir’s memory than by getting outside and exploring your public lands: https://on.doi.gov/2p3hcX7.

via (1) U.S. Department of the Interior – Home

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2017

Santa Monica Wildflowers 4/21/17

Santa Monica Mts. National Recreation Area reports

Reports are that this is the best flower season the Santa Monica’s have seen in years.

Circle X Ranch- Mishe Mokwa Loop 4/15/17

This is always an amazing hike filled with different habitats and the plants that inhabit them. We began our hike from the second parking lot after you pass the park visitor center, the one marked as the Mishe Mokwa trailhead. When we came to the Backbone Trail we turned left onto it and made a clockwise loop going to Sandstone Peak and then Split Rock before returning to the parking lot, about 6 miles.
We were barely out of the parking lot before we were overwhelmed at the quantity of butterfly mariposa lilies, they filled the grasslands and trail edges, I don’t remember ever seeing so many. There was also blooming yucca, yarrow, black sage, popcorn flower, California chicory, chia, star lilies, twining snapdragon and yellow monkey flower. As we climbed toward Sandstone Peak we saw blooming chamise, sticky monkey flower, collarless poppies, mustard evening primrose and beautiful bush lupines. On the trail up to Sandstone Peak there were clumps of blooming phlox. Walking from Sandstone Peak to Split Rock there were blooming globe gilia, larkspur, yellow pin cushion and owls clover. Approaching Split Rock there are blue and white ceanothus that are not the usually found ones that are especially beautiful. From Split Rock back to the parking lot there were great patches of virgins bower, delicate woodland stars, parry’s phacelia, shiny lomatium, more blue dicks than can be imagined and a few of the flower we were hoping to find, chocolate lilies. It was a wonderful hike.

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 | April 21, 2017

Bear Valley Wildflowers 4/20/17

Where to photograph in California – Yahoo Groups (cal photo) has a comment on Bear Valley
no expansive vistas a la  Carrizo Plains, but lots of nice (common to the area) flowers…
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 21, 2017

Drilling For Oil In National Parks?

Vox.com reports

Trump wants to make it easier to drill in national parks. We mapped the 42 parks at risk

It’s no secret that oil and gas companies are on the hunt for new places to drill. But the quest for more fossil fuels could heat up in places you might not expect: our national parks.

With President Donald Trump’s executive order on energy, federal agencies are now reviewing all rules that inhibit domestic energy production. And that includes regulations around drilling in national parks that, if overturned, could give oil and gas companies easier access to leases on federal lands they’ve long coveted.

Read full story and see map at : Trump wants to make it easier to drill in national parks. We mapped the 42 parks at risk. – Vox

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2017

Joshua Tree Wildflowers 4/20/17

Joshua Tree National Park (U.S. National Park Service) reports

Remember

  1. Do not pick wildflowers. Leave them for others to enjoy and to reproduce so they can come back next year.
  2. Watch your footing when you view and photograph wildflowers. Many visitors have trampled the wildflowers. Again, this ruins the flower viewing experience for others, and the flower won’t be able to reproduce for future year’s bloom.
  3. Wait until you reach a pull out to park your car, and park in designated areas only. Parking illegally poses a danger to everyone and destroys wildflowers that may be on the roadside.

The blooms are  still colorful and worth seeing in the southern part of the park near Cottonwood and really coming into their own in the western portion of the park. The colorful bloom continues near the north entrance. Wildflowers are starting to become more abundant at the higher elevation areas, such as Keys View Rd.

Please take a look at past blog posts, as the information in the past reports is still relevant and will help with species identification. And be sure to visit and contribute to our iNaturalist Wildflower Watch Project.

Southern Half of the Park

Cottonwood Springs Road and Bajada Trail
The blooms along Cottonwood Springs Road are peaking or a little past peak at lower elevations. Purple mat, Nama demissa, is spreading along the sand with its vibrant purple flowers. You can only find purple mat blooming between April and May and at elevations between 2,000 and 5,500 feet.  The sand blazing star is throwing out its ghostly white flowers with its friend the desert star. The strikingly otherworldly ocotillo blooms are peaking as well. Ocotillos actually have the potential to flower all year round, but they only bloom after it rains. The beloved golden poppies have mostly gone along with Encelia farinosa.

Western Half of the Park

Geology Tour Road
If you have four-wheel drive, head down Geology Tour Road to check out the lavender Mojave desert aster. The Mojave aster has been used in the past as perfume because of its fragrant properties. You can also see fields of white and yellow thanks to the Acton’s encelia, Parish Viguera, desert dandelion, and pincushion. Parish’s onion is also starting to come and can be seen growing among the rocks.
The spherical Parish’s onion, Allium parishii, and violet Mojave desert aster are hanging around Geo Tour Road. You can find Parish’s onion growing in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, too.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2017

Lake County Wildflowers: Redbud Trail 4/20/17 – updated

Submitted by Charlie Russell Wildflower Hikes

Yesterday I hiked the Redbud Trail in Lake County, taking the five mile round trip from the parking lot off of Highway 20 out to Cache Creek and back. Cache Creek has too much water to continue on the trail past that point. While the grass is much higher this year, obscuring the vistas of flowers that I saw last year, there still are a tremendous number of flowers to be seen. Here’s the list of what I found this year, as far as I have identified so far.

Tall Snapdragon, Fiddleneck, multiple species of Lupine including Sky Lupine, Miniature Lupine, Butter Lupine, Blow Wives, Valley tassles, popcorn flower, Butter ‘n Eggs, Q-tips, Purple Owl’s Clover, Ithuriel’s Spear, Wallflower, Blue Dicks, several Lomatiums including the rare Hoover’s Lomatium, Wild Onion, Small flowered Nemophila, Man-root, Buttercups, Blue eyed grass, Golden fairy lantern, Chinese Houses, Hillside Collinsia, several species of Larkspur including Western Larkspur, Indian clover, Dwarf Sack Clover, Purple Sanicle, Indian Warrior, Miner’s Lettuce, Yarrow, Chilean Trefoil, Windmill Pink, Bird’s Eye Gilia, Ground Iris, Chia Sage, California Poppy, Purple Needle Grass, and others I haven’t identified yet.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2017

Washington Wildflowers: Round Lake 4/19/17

Oregon Wildflowers reports on  the Camas lily fields at Round Lake, Lacamas Park, Camas, WA

Blooming: fawn lily, small pink flower that I don`t know Barely starting: camas lily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2017

California North Coast Wildflower Multimedia Show 4/21/17

Talk: Beauty and Diversity of our North Coast Range Wildflowers

Friday, April 21, 2017, 12:00pm – 01:00pm
Award-winning photographer and author Reny Parker invites you to share her passion for wildflowers with a multimedia show.  Read More
Location Civic Center Library
Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 4th floor
San Rafael, CA http://www.marinlibrary.org/civic-center/

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 20, 2017

How Do Birds Know When To Migrate?

Audubon has an article by Kenn Kaufman explaining how birds know when to migrate

Back in February, unseasonably warm temperatures swept over much of North America, buds began opening on trees, and flowers began to bloom weeks early. Naturally, birders began to ask: Will our migratory birds come back earlier, too?

That question doesn’t have a simple yes or no answer because the timing of bird migration is . . . complicated. Every species is slightly different; short-term changes in weather do have an impact, but so do a variety of other innate and environmental factors.

Read this quick primer on how North American avians schedule their spring journeys at How Different Spring Migrants Decide When to Head North | Audubon

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2017

Be Bear Aware Driving In The Sierra

If you are going to be driving in the Sierra please watch out for bears.

Yosemite National Park reports

National parks exist to protect wild and inspirational places, unimpaired, for this and future generations. But for wild animals, even our short visits to observe and recreate can have immense effects. 27 bears were hit by vehicles in the park last year. Even with a bear management team as proactive as Yosemite’s, we can’t protect bears from careless drivers. It’s up to all of us to take it upon ourselves to remember that the bears of Yosemite spend their lives struggling to fit into our unique dichotomy of our ‘wilderness’ and the millions of people who are inspired by it each year.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2017

DesertUSA Wildflower Updates 4/18/17

Here are the links to DesertUSA‘s current wildflower bloom reports and photos.

April 18, 2017 – The 2017 superbloom wildflower season is on in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, it is passed it’s peak but there are still many good areas to see wildflowers. Joshua Tree NP, Mojave Desert and Anza Borrego DSP have had cooler weather and wildflowers and cactus are still in bloom at the higher elevations. Nevada and Utah are now blooming. During the week is the best time to visit the desert.

DESERT WILDFLOWER UPDATES BY STATE AND PARKS

Arizona Deserts

California Deserts

More Areas

Read more: http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/wildupdates.html#ixzz4efF8lfma

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2017

March Science April 22, 2017

The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. This is the poster for San Francisco but the March is taking place all over the world.

To find the march closest to you go to https://www.marchforscience.com

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

The March for Science is a celebration of science.  It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.  Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2017

Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Reports 4/16/17 – updated

Oregon Wildflowers posted 4 new reports today for the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Hills/The Dalles Mountain Ranch 4/16/17  This report is for the lower Crawford Oaks) hiking loop. Two additional notes if you are planning to visit next weekend: (1) Saturday 4/22 will be a free parking day (no Discovery Pass needed), and (2) The Dalles Mountain Road leading to the upper trailhead will be CLOSED on the morning of Sunday 4/23.

The Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) looks good, though it is still a week or two away from its peak. There is also plenty of Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianii) although most of it is still in bud — that should start blooming over the next several weeks assuming that the weather is warm.

Beyond those two, the most profuse wildflower by far is the Barestem Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule), which is blooming nearly everywhere. Also blooming are: Nine-Leaf Desert Parsley especially on the southern section of the Vista Loop, small-flowered blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Smooth Prairie Star (Lithophragma glabrum), Showy Phlox (Phlox speciosa), and Northwestern Saxifrage (Saxifraga integrifolia). There are still some Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule) in the southern half of the loop, though they are mostly finished for the season.

Mosier Pleateau 4/15/17 The wildflowers at Mosier Plateau look good now, and should improve during the next several weeks as the Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) reaches its peak. Flowers currently blooming include: Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), Fiddleneck (Amsinckia sp.), Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi) especially on the slopes next to the creek, Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus) which is especially profuse along the switchbacks, Nuttall`s Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Nine-Leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis),

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2017

DesertUSA Wildflower Updates 4/17/17

Here are the links to DesertUSA‘s current wildflower bloom reports and photos.

April 17, 2017 – The 2017 superbloom wildflower season is on in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, it is passed it’s peak but there are still many good areas to see wildflowers. Joshua Tree NP, Mojave Desert and Anza Borrego DSP have had cooler weather and wildflowers and cactus are still in bloom at the higher elevations. Nevada and Utah are now blooming. During the week is the best time to visit the desert. Reports below.

DESERT WILDFLOWER UPDATES BY STATE AND PARKS

Arizona Deserts

California Deserts

More Areas

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2017

Marin Wildflower Updates 4/16/17

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has photos for recent wildflower trips to Mt. Burdell, Pt. Reyes, and White’s Hill Preserve/San Geronimo Ridge in Woodacre at Marin Native Plants.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2017

Yosemite Area Wildflowers 4/16/17

Where to photograph in California – Yahoo Groups (Calphoto) has a report for the Yosemite area

We just spent 5 days in the Yosemite area at the north and south ends, did not go in to the valley due to all the people. Lower elevations did not have many flowers, that we saw. Hite Cove was good with a nice variety of plants. Wawona area saw a few trillium. Hetch Hetchy hiked about 2 miles to the first waterfall and saw a limited diversity of plants. Drove 49 from Mariposa to Sonora seeing very few flowers except for the Serpentine area in Bagby. Be aware of road closures and detours in Yosemite.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2017

Sierra Foothills 4/16/17

Yosemite National Park  report on Facebook on April 16

The foothills and gateway communities outside of Yosemite National Park are in bloom!

See photo on Facebook.

It sounds much like what I was seeing in the foothills the last week of March.

Below are links to my postings for the last week of March:

Sierra Foothill Photos 3/25/17

Hite Cove Wildflowers 3/26/17

Sierra Foothills Backroad Flowers and Birds 3/27/17

Red Hill Road Wildflowers 3/28/17

Sierra Foothill Photos 3/29/17

A Few Sierra Foothills Photos 3/30/17

More Sierra Foothill Wildflowers 3/31/17

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2017

North Table Mountain Wildflowers – 4/14/17

Report and photos submitted by Pierre Stephens

North Table Mountain

Nice variety of flowers on the Many Waterfall loop (good map at http://chicohiking.org/ValleyFoothill/Many-Waterfalls.htm). Very soggy ground, all waterfalls are running (photo of Beatson Falls). Not as many big fields of flowers and more grass than some years, but different species in bloom on the plateau, vernal pools, and ravines. Largest displays of goldfields, layia, gilia, and mimulus were on southern section of tableland between Coon and Ranch Falls (photo). Some nice Calochortus Alba in the ravine SW of Phantom Falls. Some flowers, like lupines, have both fresh flowers and well-developed seeds from earlier flowering. With the continued wet weather I’d expect the flowers and falls will continue at least through April.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2017

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 4/16/17

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower  report for 4/16/17

Spring has sprung and the park is awash in yellow blooms throughout the valley. Poppies are popping up in the grasslands, but are mostly scattered individual plants.

The bush lupine is showy along Spaghetti Pass and there is a nice patch of the purple phacelia as you drop into the valley. Baby blues eyes and filaree can still be found in areas, but the fiddlenecks are fading fast.

The bright yellow valley sunflowers near Sterling Campground are eye-catching and the paintbrush is beginning to add some red splotches to the landscape along with the scarlet bugler. The yuccas are starting to bloom in the south end of the park and are worth a gander.

The warm weather has brought out the snakes. Though rattlesnakes are rarely deadly, they are dangerous and should be avoided; they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Please remember to watch for snakes as you are looking at the wildflowers.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2017

Vermont’s  Forest Bird Population  Drops 14.2 Percent 

ABC  reports

The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, scientists with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies say.

The Norwich-based environmental research group says other factors for the decline include acid rain and the fragmentation of forestland caused by humans.

Read full article at: Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent – ABC News

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2017

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 4/15/17

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for April 15, 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 | April 16, 2017

25 Best National Parks For Birding

National Parks Conservation Association recently published a list of the best national parks for birding. Number one was Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Point Reyes is the total package for a birder. It’s got incredibly varied habitat, including grassland, forest, beach, freshwater ponds and open ocean views. Plus, it’s at the end of a large peninsula, which means it can act as a funnel for wayward birds traveling down the coast. It all adds up to more than 400 bird species, the most of any national park in the system.

Check out the list to see the rest and information about birding at each park.  Get Your Binoculars: The 25 Best National Parks for Birding · National Parks Conservation Association

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2017

Jepson Prairie Wildflowers 4/15/17

The Solano Land Trust Flickr site had the following report for a hike on 4/15/17

While the recession of Olcott Playa, and the accompanying bloom is active, the best viewing is in other pastures where access is only allowed when accompanied by docents or SLT staff. If you want to see the amazing spring bloom at Jepson Prairie make arrangements for one of the regularly scheduled weekend tours (10:00 – 12:00 AM) and join us on Saturdays and Sundays, while the bloom is ‘on’ . Special hikes can be scheduled by contacting the Solano Land Trust. Further information is available on their website solanolandtrust.org or by telephone at (707)432-0150.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2017

DesertUSA Wildflower Updates 4/15/17

Here are the links to DesertUSA‘s current wildflower bloom reports and photos.

April 15-16, 2017 – The 2017 superbloom wildflower season is still on in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and there are still many good areas to see wildflowers. Joshua Tree NP, Mojave Desert and Anza Borrego DSP have had cooler weather and wildflowers and cactus are still in bloom at the higher elevations. Nevada and Utah are now blooming. During the week is the best time to visit the desert.

DESERT WILDFLOWER UPDATES BY STATE AND PARKS

Arizona Deserts

California Deserts

More Areas

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2017

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 4/15/17

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports

As of April 15th, the hills are drying out but poppies are still blooming across the western slopes. Bush lupine, fiddleneck, and some smaller flowers are still in bloom, but most other wildflowers have faded. The hot weather this weekend will dry them out more, but possible rain next week may keep the survivors going to the end of April.

If possible, visiting on weekdays (Monday-Friday), and carpooling is highly recommended. Due to high visitation on weekends, lines on the entrance road and for restrooms may be long by mid-morning, and the entrance road may be closed altogether when the lots are full. Visitors may park on Lancaster Road and walk in for free, but must stay along the entrance road and enter at the kiosk; visitors entering the park through the fenceline or by walking across the open fields from the road will be fined.

Stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only. Walking in the poppies crushes all of the wildflowers and will result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged plants or there is only bare dirt; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come. No dogs, bikes on trails, drones, or picking flowers.

Poppies curl up at night or if it’s cold so check the weather forecast before arriving.  The weather can change suddenly and it is frequently windy here during the spring.  This is a DESERT grassland, so drink water often.  Note that it can be very windy here in the spring.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2017

Federal Wildlife Killing Program Sued Over Carnivore Killing

Western Environmental Law Center Press Release 4/12/17

Federal Wildlife Killing Program Sued Over Carnivore Killing in Colorado

Conservationists sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services today over its carnivore-killing program in Colorado. Included in the larger program are controversial plans to kill up to 120 mountain lions and black bears in Colorado in a misguided experiment aimed at increasing the state’s mule deer population.

The suit argues that the federal wildlife-killing program failed to fully analyze the environmental impacts of its destruction of wildlife in Colorado, including other native carnivores like coyotes and foxes.

“Wildlife Services is once again using taxpayer dollars to kill native wildlife while ignoring science and public opinion,” said Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians. “The public is entitled to know the full environmental impacts of publicly funded, scientifically unsound and ethically bankrupt wildlife killing.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2017

Pt. Reyes Birding Festival Registration Update

The West Marin Environmental Action Committee announced

We are sending our last call to join us for the Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival April 28-30.
Online reservations will be taken through Thursday, April 20, afterwards you will have to call our offices to register or visit us the weekend of the festival at our Bird Hub (Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center (503 B Street Point Reyes Station, CA 94956) to see what’s still available. Current event availability and event descriptions. Please call (415) 663.9312 if you need help registering or have questions.
Choose from over 60 field events led by top Bay Area birders and naturalists, or join us for one of our fun evening programs with keynote speakers Julie Zickefoose and Paul Bannick.
We also have special youth programming, including a free live bird show on Sunday, April 30 with The Bird Rescue Center and sponsored by the Station House Cafe. RSVP today! Space limited.
Did you know Point Reyes was listed as the #1 National Park for birding!
Point Reyes Books will offer attendees 10% off books if you show your badge over the festival weekend!
Tickets on Sale! Having trouble? Call us and we can help register you! Call (415) 663.9312. 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2017

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 4/14/17

Anza-Borrego State Park reports

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Update April 14, 2017

Fields of annual wildflowers are no longer to be found at lower elevations, but blooming shrubs and cacti can still be found in Anza-Borrego.

The Visitor Center remains one of the best places to see many varieties of cacti in bloom, as well as shrubs (indigo bush!) and ocotillo, along with a few persisting annuals.

Good places to look for ocotillos in bloom are: Highway S-22 toward the Salton Sea, Borrego Springs Road south of Tilting T, the junction of Borrego Springs Road and Highway 78, Yaqui Pass Road, and Ocotillo Flats, near Desert Gardens in Coyote Canyon.

The Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail (at the top of Yaqui Pass) has brittlebush and other perennials in bloom, and a lovely overlook, which can be reached by hiking one mile from the Yaqui Pass Primitive Camp (a shorter trail leaves from pullout on Hwy S-3).

The road to the Mine Wash Village site has plenty of shrubs in bloom, as well as cacti and a few annuals. 4WD vehicles can continue up the road for more flowers.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2017

Southern California Wildflower Reports 4/14/17

Theodore Payne Foundation posted its weekly wildflower report .

The weather has been relatively mild this past week, and a few reports from last week, like Carrizo and Torrey Pines, remain with only a few updates. Remember that wildflowers ARE by nature ephemeral, so some flowers may be on the fading side of peak bloom. Don’t be too disappointed if you only catch the end of the bloom. Think of how many seeds will be left behind for the next super bloom! By the way, the seeds are just as amazing to look at as the flowers. Check them out!

This weeks reports include

  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Figueroa Mt.
  • Antelope Valley
  • Placerita Canyon Natural Area
  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
  • Joshua Tree National Monument
  • Santa Monica Mts.
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
  • Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach
  • Elizabeth Learning Center

See full report and photos at: http://theodorepayne.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/14-AprilReport2.pdf

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2017

How Selfies Are Destroying The Superbloom

Condo Nast Traveler reports

“Doing it for the ‘gram” comes at a cost.

Taking the perfect, once-in-a-lifetime travel selfie can feel like a serious win. But at California’s floral super bloom, the obsession with snapping a flawless photo is taking a serious toll on one of the state’s most beautiful destinations.

Thousands of visitors have flocked to the swaths of blooming wildflowers across California, which span the state and are so large that they’re visible from space. They are also incredibly rare and appear only every decade or so. Instead of staying on the marked trails and appreciating the blooms from afar, however, tourists have started to traipse through the flowers for photo ops, trampling them as they go. People are sitting on, lying down in, and jumping through the flowers, which crush the fragile blooms.

Read full story at  The California Super Bloom Is Getting Trampled for the Sake of Selfies – Condé Nast Traveler

Please stay on the roads and paths and do not walk through the fields of wildflowers or you may be destroying the seeds for future flowers as well as destroy other people’s enjoyment of the bloom.

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