Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 16, 2018

How Do Snakes Slither

The New York Times has a story explaining how snakes move. Read story and see video at  How the Snake Pours Its Way Across the Ground – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 15, 2018

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 3/15/18

Borrego Wildflowers reports

3/12/2018 No rain in the desert, some area’s did get rain like Culp Valley, Collins valley.
3/15/2018 The unexpected smell of Creosote, a little bit of rain 0.02 in Palm Canyon and almost half an inch in Ranchita.

Some areas will get a below average bloom, with a lot of very tiny blooming plants. Peak bloom somewhere in April
The Coyote canyon area may be already be past peak bloom, with a lot of plants at the end of bloom. There are places with good germination, so the rain may give them another boost.

03/12/2018 Indian Canyon Bennis Bowl A revisit to Indian canyon with names like Valley of the Thousand Springs and Dennis Bowl.
In the middle of Indian Canyon there is a (seasonal) creek that disappears and resurfaces a couple of times.
A fork leads into a canyon with Bennis Bowl, a canyon dotted with palm trees. The springs must be rather deep as there is no apparent surface water.

See photos and older reports at Borrego Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 15, 2018

Marin County Wildflowers: Phoenix Lake 3/15/18

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has the following new post

2-3 dozen Trillium chloropetalum along trail past picnic area/bridges from Phoenix Lake parking lot. Some white flowered ones. Not to be confused with Trillium ovatum which is also blooming in same vicinity. Another dozen T. chloropetalum after you pass the MMWD boundary sign, to head uphill to top of Phoenix Dam. Anyone ever seen this population?! I’ve only noticed T. ovatum here, year after year….

See photos and older posts at Marin Native Plants.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 15, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 3/15/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for March 15, 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 | March 15, 2018

Bear Valley/ Walker Ridge

Yesterday I went to Bear Valley. The Adobe Lilies, Fritillaria pluriflora were nowhere to be seen. Not even any foliage. Very little was in bloom except for some paintbrush on the way in some patches of goldfields in the valley. We went a short way up Walker Ridge and did find Checker Lily Fritillaria affinis and some large Manzanitas in bloom. On the way out we did get to see a Hooded Merganser.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 15, 2018


Trilliums  (Wake Robin Trillium chloropetalum) seen on the Seaview Trail south of the Steam Trains area in Tilden Park two days ago

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 15, 2018

California Newts: Life at the Urban-Wildland Interface

The new newsletter from the Regional Parks Botanic Garden has an article on  California Newts

If you’ve ever driven past South Park Drive in Tilden Regional Park in the winter, you’ve probably seen it closed—road closure signs block cars from entering from October 31 to March 31 each year. If you’ve walked a little way down the road from the east entrance off Grizzly Peak Boulevard, you’ve seen the Newt Crossing sign that explains why: Every winter, hundreds of California newts (Taricha torosa) make their way from the upland habitat where they spend their summers to breeding ponds where they compete for opportunities to produce offspring for the next generation. Newts are a family of salamanders, typified by their semi-aquatic lifestyles, and require both terrestrial and aquatic habitats to complete their life cycles. Vehicle mortality is a major cause of population declines for the California newt, along with habitat loss, drought, and invasive species, and closing the road during the breeding season plays an important role in protecting the populations in the East Bay.

Read full article and see photos at California Newts: Life at the Urban-Wildland Interface

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 14, 2018

Effects Of Wildfire Management On Bird Populations

ScienceDaily reports

On the tail of California’s most destructive and expensive year of firefighting ever, it might seem obvious that vegetation removal would reduce the risk of such a year happening again. But scientists are showing that in chaparral, California’s iconic shrubland ecosystem, management can devastate wild bird populations and that fire-risk reduction is only temporary.

Read full article at  Scientist studies effects of wildfire management on bird populations — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 13, 2018

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 3/12/18

Homestead Valley Land Trust report below for  on March 12. See map and photos at Homestead Valley Land Trust

– California buttercup is starting to bloom bright yellow in meadows.
– California huckleberry with its small white lantern flowers is blooming in forests.
– California plantain almost too small to see but getting very close is rewarded with the many translucent disks of its flower
– Miner’s lettuce one of our most popular edibles, has a small white flower. Claytonia had a false start with the early season rains but is coming on well now that they are picking up.
– Oakland star tulip one of our rare plants, has a small delicate cup flower well worth scrutinizing in meadows.
– White flowered onion*, edible and native to the Mediterranean, is blooming in wet spots with its white cone flowers. Pull it up by the roots if you can.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 13, 2018

Chile Protects Large Ocean Habitat

NPR reports

Chile has created a new law protecting the waters along its 6,400km (4,000 mile) coastline.

The outgoing president, Michele Bachelet, signed the decree, which creates nine marine reserves.

This year Chile also signed into law a vast network of nature parks.

The new legislation will increase the area of sea under Chilean state protection from 4.3% to 42.4 %, and protect marine life in around 1.4 million square kilometres of sea.

Read full story at Chile creates law to protect its ocean habitat – BBC News

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 12, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 3/12/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for March 12, 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 | March 12, 2018

Fresno’s Blossom Trail 3/10/18

See a report for the Fresno Blossom Trail at the Coastside Slacking website at Catch Spring Fever on Fresno’s Blossom Trail, the ‘Super Bloom’ Less Traveled – Coastside Slacking

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 12, 2018

Another Jepson Prairie Report 3/1/18

The Solano Land Trust Flicker group has the following report for Jepson Prairie.

Hiked at Jepson Prairie Friday. Seed has germinated with a plethora of flora present. However, the cooler temps and lack of precipitation has slowed the bloom. Plants observed and blooming in varying quantities include Blennosperma, Lasthenia, Frittillary liliacea, Limnanthes, red maids, two species of Plagiobothrys, Viola pedunculata, lLomatium, Primula, Muilla, Lupinus bicolor, Navarretia, Triphysaria eriantha, Lepidium nitidum and Mimulus guttatus.

Other plants observed include Downingia, Pogogyne, Phyla nodiflora, Ccrassula, at least three species of Psilocarphus, Aster, isocoma arguta, Stipa pulchra, Achyrachaena mollis, Grindelia, Minuartia calfornica.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 12, 2018

Marin County Wildflowers: 3/12/18

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has the following new posts

trip to Blackstone Canyon in Marin County today yielded flowers and butterflies including Checker Lily Fritillaria affinis, Hooker’s fairy bellProsartes hookeri, Mourning Cloak and Pipevine Swallowtails

Found a treasure trove of blooming trilliums and post-bloom fetid adder’s tongue along Shaver Grade this afternoon!!

See photos and older posts at Marin Native Plants.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 12, 2018

Pacheco State Park Wildflowers 3/11/18

Where to Photograph in California (Calphoto) has a report for Pacheco State Park.

not yet in its prime. Deciduous oaks are just starting to wake up, and live oaks are starting to bloom. There are many wildflowers blooming, but they’re scattered and generally not showy. The main bloomers are shooting stars, violets and buttercups, with a variety of others in smaller numbers.
If you go, give it at least another week, and bring ear muffs, that wind is brutal…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 12, 2018

Penguins Mug For Camera, Take A Pretty Great ‘Selfie’

NPR reports

When an expeditioner with the Australian Antarctic Division left his camera on the ice while visiting a penguin colony, the birds quickly hustled over to investigate.

It’s worth noting that the penguins did not actually push the record button – it was already rolling — but did manage to produce a hilarious 38-second video.

See video and story at Penguins Mug For Camera, Take A Pretty Great ‘Selfie’ : The Two-Way : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 11, 2018

Arizona Wildflowers 3/11/18

Wild in Arizona has a wildflower field report for 3/11/18

I wish I had better news but the rains came a little to late this year still some roadside brittle bush between Yuma and Tucson with some small displays in Organ Pipe Cactus National Park and Tucson pima canyon. Also poppies at 10% and probably peak bloom for Catalina State Park. Creosolt and other bushes are showing but small. The Ocotillo is budding and should show in a few weeks. I did find one pincushion bloom in the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Beavertail cactus are starting to show near the Colorado river. Desert Botanical Gardens and Boyce Thompson Arboretum are both showing some color. We should have a ok cactus and tree bloom in the deserts

See photos at  Arizona Wildflower Field Report 3/11/18


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 11, 2018

Marin County Wildflowers: Mt. Tamalpais 3/11/18

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has has a posting on blooms as of 3/11/18 for Mt. Tamalpais

Hiked Matt Davis, Dipsea & Steep Ravine trails today. Saw my first (of this season) red delphinium, blue eyed grass, blue dicks, checker mallow, flowering huckleberry, large flower fairy bells, Trillium chloropetalum and so much more.

See photos and older posts at Marin Native Plants.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 11, 2018

Jepson Prairie Wildflowers 3/11/18

Jepson Prairie Preserve updated submitted by Charlie Russell

Public tours have started at Jepson Prairie Preserve, south of Dixon. Docent-led tours will be held every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am now through Mother’s Day. The early-season flowers are coming in now.

Today we found Common Muilla, Yellow Carpet, Caraway-leaved Lomatium, Fragrant Fritillary, Purple Needle Grass, Woolly marbles, Butter ‘n Eggs, Vernal Pool Goldfields, Small Popcornflower, Meadowfoam, Padre’s Shooting Star, Shining Peppergrass and California Golden Violet

In addition, the docents were able to display several endangered species found in the vernal pool, including California Tiger Salamander, Conservation Fairy Shrimp and Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp. You can only see these if you take one of the docent-led tours.

A donation of $5.00 per person is requested. Jepson Prairie Preserve is 10 miles south of Dixon on Highway 113

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 11, 2018

2018 Point Reyes Birding Festival April 27 to 29

Festival Info & Program Previews
Schedule At-A-Glance
Friday Night Brews & Bites with Keynote Keith Hansen 
Saturday Night Sea, Suds & Sup with Keynote Peter Pyle
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Festival Essentials

Held on the last weekend of April, the 9th annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival celebrates the Year of the Bird, the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Act, spring migration, and West Marin’s unique biodiversity through educational engagement opportunities.

Point Reyes National Seashore provides the backdrop for our festival, where the Pacific Flyway, Pacific Ocean, and other influences provide an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing. In fact, the area was named the #1 birding hotspot in 2017, where over 54% of all North American bird species have been recorded. 

Over the three day weekend over 400 attendees choose from 50+ educational field outings and classroom-based events focused on birds, wildlife, plants and marine life + hiking, biking, kayaking, art and field photography, and led by some of the Bay Area’s award-winning naturalists and birdersThese events are geared to bring a broader awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the area to novice and expert birders/naturalists alike.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 10, 2018

Marin County Wildflowers: Mt. Tamalpais 3/9/18

The Marin CNPS Facebook page has has a posting on blooms as of 3/9/18 on Rock Springs and Rocky Ridge.

There are photos of Pedicularis densiflora, Whipplea modesta, Dendromecon rigida, Claytonia gypsophiloides, Ceanothus jepsonii and Trillium ovatum Other species seen included micranthes, ceanothus cuneatus, taraxacum, cardamine, tauschia, lomatium, sanicula, iris and many more. Also, on the way in I saw a very healthy patch of Lupinus bicolor and popcorn flower sp.


See photos and older posts at Marin Native Plants.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 10, 2018

North Table Mt. Wildflowers 3/7/18

Where to Photograph in California (Calphoto) has this report for North Table Mt. Ecological Preserve

Wednesday the 7th. The wildflowers are sparse. The water was flowing. I plan to go back but it looks like a lot of rain this coming week so perhaps week after next. There certainly seems to be a lot of potential.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 10, 2018

Nigerian Women Champion Mangrove Protection

Birdlife International reports

A women-led civil society group in Nigeria is empowering women and the whole community to protect Nigeria’s extremely productive but disappearing mangrove forests, which provide abundant services to the marine environment and people.

Read story at  Women are championing mangrove conservation in Nigeria | BirdLife

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 9, 2018

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 3/8/18

Borrego Wildflowers reports

3/04/2018 Coyote creek stopped flowing in second crossing that’s a very bad sign for early March.
3/04/2018 Plants look way less fresh than a week ago, the ocotillo are turning brown, dropping their leaves, some are still in bloom.

Only if a miracle happens, like a good rain in March, we might get a bloom in April.
When is the question, peak bloom normally occurs between mid March – mid April. But this isn’t going to happen now.

03/8/2018 Hornblende Canyon
We went past Hornblende numerous times and it always looked green.
But today it didn’t looked that good.
No native annuals in bloom isn’t a good sign.
Getting a good photograph of a female Western bernardia, Bernardia incana was on the top of our list.
It is a difficult flower to photograph, this time we got several good shots.
We found several interesting California barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus in this canyon. They appear to create branches that produce new plants in the same spot.

03/6/2018 Dave Mc Cain spring loop
A very long drive up to the dry spring area. Not to forget a challenging drive in deep sand.
It looked so promising, but it turned out to be rather dry this time around.
The goal was to find Tanglehead, Heteropogon contortus in bloom and with so many plants we found some in bloom.
The Fish Creek South fork is one of the few places so far where we’ve found a lot of annuals.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 17 + 24 along the Fish Creek road

03/5/2018 Indian Canyon South East Fork
The next on our list in Collins valley, an area that is less dry than the rest of the desert.
Less dry but still dry. The first shock, Second crossing is dry.
The plants in Coyote canyon are noticeably less alive than a week ago.
This time the South East fork of Indian canyon.
Didn’t look that bad, a couple of summer monsoonal plants in the wash, Chuparosa looking great.
An incredible number of rather fresh Euphorbia arizonica and one of the few places with Erodium cicutarium in bloom.
Salvia eremostachya in bloom already and very dangerous to photograph as they like to grow rather steep.
30+ Crossosoma bigelovii, a lot and in good bloom. Another yellow Chuparosa, Indian canyon is a place where they are present and in good numbers.
The bad: A lot 999+ Brassica tournefortii, some in bloom, enough to reseed Collins valley.
Brassica tournefortii were more numerous further an higher in the canyon.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 44 + 16.

See photos and older reports at Borrego Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 9, 2018

Southern California Wildflower Reports 3/9/18

Theodore Payne just published their second wildflower report of the season.  See full post and flowers at

Not the “March Miracle” we hoped for, but still it’s moisture falling from the sky. Our hope is that the high elevations in mountain foothills will respond in kind to the late season rain/snow and warmer temperatures. Remember that the hunt is often more fun than the find!

At Pinnacles National Park in our Coast Ranges, some perennial natives are still showy. The big berry manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca) is fading in bloom, but the large berries are as impressive to see as the clusters of flowers. Hillside gooseberry (Ribes californicum) is also fruiting instead of flowering, something the berry-eating bird population has been anticipating! The bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida) is still in good bloom, as is the woolly paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa). The blue colors you see belong to the baby-blue-eyes (Nemophila memziesii var. menziesii) and blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum). You may also see some pockets of shooting stars (Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. patulum) along the high peak trails.

In our Southern desert parks like Anza Borrego, south portion of Joshua Tree and areas in the Coachella Valley, it may be a case of too little rain, too late. Some good moisture in the coming weeks may bring on the bloom in the High Desert regions— Death Valley, the Mojave Preserve and environs. Fingers crossed, everyone.

Anza Borrego Desert State Park has a dry desert floor, with only a few scattered perennials like the desert lily (Hesperocallis undulata), ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), desert encelia (Encelia farinosa) flowering sparsely. If you are willing to hike and scramble up some of the canyon washes to around 3000 ft., you may get a glimpse of some flowers benefitting from moisture around boulders and rocks; but don’t go with high expectations of great (or any!) blooms.

News from the Carrizo Plain National Monument is that the received about 0.5 inches of rain with more in the forecast for this weekend. Let’s hope some magic happens in the next few weeks!

At the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve SRA, poppy plants (Eschscholzia californica) are still small with a few buds, but the recent rain will give them a better chance of surviving to flower. Currently, the perennial grape soda lupine (Lupinus excubitus) is in bloom at the top of Tehachapi Vista Point trail. Although it won’t be a “super bloom” this year, it is definitely looking better for the coming weeks.

Placerita Nature Center visitors are enjoying a few of the first-of-season flowers along their Ecology trail. Look for gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) and currant (Ribes malvaceum). They won’t be around for too long. Also find hoary-leaf ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius) in full bloom. Fiddleneck (Amsinckia sp.), forget-me-nots (Cryptantha spp.) black sage (Salvia mellifera), wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa), California Peony (Paenoia californica) and Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa) are also flowering now.


To satisfy your wildflower fix, you probably want to visit our popular Southern California botanical gardens: Descanso Gardens, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, South Coast Botanic Garden, and the Theodore Payne Foundation! Descanso has a Native Plant and Oak Woodland area. South Coast has natives throughout the gardens but can be seen specifically in the Mediterranean Garden and in the El Rincon Garden. I know that Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont has some seasonal beauties along their trails. I have been told that bush poppy (Dendromecon harfordii), California encelia (Encelia californica), sugarbush (Rhus ovata), Santa Catalina Island currant (Ribes virburnifolium) and other currants and gooseberries ( Ribes spp.) are flowering along with ceanothus (Ceanothus spp.), blue- eyed grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) plus a few manzanita (Arctosytaphylos spp.). Of course you will see (and buy!) plenty of flowers at the Theodore Payne Foundation annual plant sale in a couple of weeks. (See more info below.)

Still too cool to go to the beach, but perfect weather to enjoy The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. The nature center is welcoming you with some colorful blooms. Some along the trails this week include: Nevin’s barberry (Berberis nevinii), fairy duster (Calliandra eriophylla), Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis), California encelia (Encelia californica), fuchsia flowered gooseberry (Ribes speciosum), and lovely patches of blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium bellum).

At the Elizabeth Learning Center, the Habitat Gardens are re-wilding the city of Cudahy with their chaparral, desert, and vernal pool ecosystems; and despite the dry winter many species are beginning to flower! Desert species include catsclaw (Senegalia greggii), desert lavender (Condea emoryi), apricot mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), Spanish needle (Palafoxia arida), desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata), brittle bush (Encelia farinosa), chuparosa (Justicia californica), blue bells (Phacelia campanularia), bird’s eye gilia (Gilia tricolor) and Coulter’s lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus). Their vernal pool area contains Menzies’ fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii), tidy tips (Layia platyglossa), wart stemmed ceanothus (Ceanothus verrucosus), sawtooth goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), chia (Salvia columbariae), boxthorn (Lycium californicum), woolly marbles (Psilocarphus brevissimus), and vernal popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys undulatus).Some additional species in the chaparral garden include woolly indian paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa), black sage (Salvia mellifera), pink fairy duster (Calliandra eriophylla), arroyo lupine (Lupinus succulentus), torhleaf goldeneye (Viguiera laciniata), sugar bush (Rhus ovata), Santa Cruz island buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescens), Channel Island tree poppy (Dendromecon harfordii), and Orcutt’s hazardia (Hazardia orcuttii).Elizabeth Learning Center is located off Elizabeth Street between Atlantic and Wilcox Avenues in Cudahy. Most gardens can be seen from the sidewalk in front of the school without having to check in at the Main Office.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 9, 2018

Boyce Thompson Arboretum & Globe,AZ Wildflowers 3/9/18

Boyce Thompson Arboretum reports

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

  Wildflowers are still scarce around the trails and 320 acres of gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona this week; guided wildflower walks will be offered both days of the March 17-18 weekend at 1:00 pm. Trails should be should be more colorful by then with western dayflower, firecracker penstemon, wild cucumber, apricot globemallow and fetid marigold in bloom around different sections of the 1.5 mile long main trail. If you visit March 9-17, look for this showy Parry’s Penstemon between the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden and the picnic area parking lot.


Parry’s Penstemon by Terry Stone

Early Goldpoppies and Manzanita Near Globe, AZ

Manzanita shrubs began blooming white, pink & fragrant this week, luring bees to hillside chaparral in foothills of the Pinal Mountains near Globe, AZ. The first highway 60 goldpoppies have started, too, as you drive from through Claypool (between Globe and Miami).  These roadside poppies benefit from highway runoff water, also radiant warmth from the pavement – they always bloom early in this stretch of about a half-mile of Highway 60; reliable even in years when flowers are scarce in the desert.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 9, 2018

The Resilence Of California Native Wildflowers

UC Davis reports on the resiliency of California’s Native wildflowers during drought in an article “Native Wildflowers Bank On Seeds Underground to Endure Drought”.  A study found

  • Native wildflowers saved a lot of seeds during California’s drought — 201 percent more than usual
  • Exotic grasses decreased their seed bank by 52 percent during the drought
  • Drought-tolerant wildflowers enjoyed the greatest increases
  • Effects of a prolonged drought remain unknown, though the flowers appear resilient during short-term drought

Read full story at Native Wildflowers Bank on Seeds Underground to Endure Drought | UC Davis

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 8, 2018

Joshua Tree National Park Wildflowers Update 3/8/18

Joshua Tree National Park reports

We are not expecting a large bloom this year, but we expect April to have the best month for exploring the blooms!

Unfortunately, we currently do not have the staff to keep the wildflower information up to date on the website.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 8, 2018

Henry Coe Wildflower Update 3/8/18

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom report  for March 7, 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 | March 8, 2018

Carrizo Plain Wildflower Update 3/8/18

Carrizo Plain National Monument reports

Due to the lack of rain the monument is still very dry and still brown, it’s not looking good for wildflowers on Carrizo this year.

The education center on Carrizo Plain National Monument usually post updates on the Theodore Payne Foundation Wildflower Report and updates are also posted on the BLM California facebook and twitter page.  Updates are at the links below.

You can also contact the Education Center on the monument for updates at 805-475-2131, they are open Thursday – Sunday from 9am – 4pm.  They also have a 24 hour information line which they will post any updates to wildflowers on the monument.  The number for the info line is:  805-475-2035.

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