Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 22, 2023

Hwy 140 to Yosemite Update

Our partners at the CHP – Mariposa will escort motorists from the Yosemite Bug (Midpines) to the State Route 140 Yosemite National Park gate (El Portal) at 6:00 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 23. CHP will then make a return trip and escort traffic from the park gate to Midpines at approximately 7:00 a.m.
At 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 23, CHP will escort motorists from the Route 140 YNP gate to Midpines.
Motorists who miss these windows will be turned around.
Barring any setbacks, one-way traffic control will be employed from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, beginning Tues., Jan. 24, until both lanes of Route 140 are fully reopened.
Both directions of Route 140 have been closed between Midpines and El Portal since Jan. 15 due to a rockslide. Crews are making excellent progress clearing the slide and stabilizing the slope.
We thank our partners with CHP Mariposa for their hard work and assistance to make this happen.
For road information, go to
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 22, 2023

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association Upcoming Events

Guide to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Borrego Springs, desert hiking in Anza-Borrego, anza-borrego wildflowers, birds of Anza-Borrego, desert plants, borrego springs, 4WD trips,hikes, trails, activities
— Read on

CBS reports

Eating one freshwater fish caught in a river or lake in the United States is the equivalent of drinking a month’s worth of water contaminated with toxic “forever chemicals,” new research said on Tuesday.T

he invisible chemicals, called PFAS, were first developed in the 1940s to resist water and heat and are now used in items such as non-stick pans, textiles, fire suppression foams and food packaging.

Read more at  Eating one fish from U.S. lakes or rivers likened to drinking month’s worth of contaminated water – CBS News

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 21, 2023

New Job Listings

The CNPS Botany and Wildlife Job Announcements site has the following for listings. Click on each for information about each position and to find out how to apply.

Seasonal bio techs – crew lead (forest/fuels) – Sequoia NP, CA – GG-6

Seaonal bio science techs (forest/fuels) – Sequoia NP, CA – GG-5

Habitat Restoration Technician II Position Available at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

 Biological Science Technician, Rare Plants

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 21, 2023

Birding Las Gallinas

Today I went birding at Las Gallinas in Marin County with several birders from the Master Birding Class I did in 2017. We saw 71 species today including a young Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Sora, Cackling Goose and Cinnamon Teal.

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See the group eBird list at Las Gallinas 1/21/23

NPR reports

Park rangers in northern Australia found a cane toad so giant that it provoked gasps and disbelief

.The toad, which the rangers nicknamed “Toadzilla,” weighed in at what’s believed to be a record-breaking 5.95 pounds — compared to an average weight of 1 pound.

Read more at Huge cane toad found in northern Australia believed to be largest on record : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 20, 2023

Language of the Land: Secrets of the Oak Woodlands -zoom 1/25/23

from Sonoma Land Trust

Language of the Land: Secrets of the Oak Woodlands  with Author Kate Marianchild  Jan. 25, 2022 at 7-8:30pm, 

Sonoma County’s oak woodlands are teeming with life — plants and animals that exist in an astonishing variety of shapes, behaviors, and interrelationships. Many of these life forms depend on oaks, and others rely on plants that live in community with oaks. In a presentation illustrated with videos as well as photographs, author and naturalist Kate Marianchild will take us on a riveting tour of oak woodland trees and shrubs and the animals that can’t live without them.

Don’t miss Kate’s closing story, “A Night in the Life of Lively the Woodrat.”

Spanish interpretation will be provided.


for this zoom presentation

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 20, 2023

Pt. Reyes Trail Closures

Assessments of storm damage is underway! Our trails crew is hard at work clearing hazards as quickly as possible. Conditions of trails and other regions of the seashore are still changing daily. To stay up to date current closures go to .
Current trail closures (1/20/2023) are as follows:
To Horses:
-Bear Valley Trailhead to Divide Meadow
-Wittenberg Trail
-Meadow Trail
To All Access:
-Horse Trail
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 20, 2023

2022 San Francisco Christmas Bird Count

from Golden Gate Audubon

By the time Count Week (CW) was over, the species tally was at 188, exactly the same as last year. For the official Count Day, our species total was 178, three fewer than last year’s 181. Our total count of birds for the Count Day was 58,183 – about 6,000 fewer than last year’s 64,176. However, if you add the 9,221 birds counted on the boat the day after, our numbers are actually up.

There were 29 rare or uncommon birds found on this year’s count, 21 of which were found on Count Day. Twelve of the 18 count areas had a rare species. The best bird on Count Day was a Winter Wren found by Jonah Benningfield in the Presidio. Not only was this a new species for the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count, but it was also the first San Francisco eBird record for Winter Wren.

Read more at  2022 San Francisco Christmas Bird Count

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 20, 2023

Supporting Pollinator Habitats Through Operation Pollinator

Entomology Today  reports

Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator program provides farmers, golf course managers, and other land managers with the tools and information needed to successfully establish and manage attractive wildflower resources that are crucial for bumble bees and pollinating insects while enhancing the visual appearance of the utilized land.

Read more at  Supporting Pollinator Habitats Through Operation Pollinator

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 19, 2023

Job Opportunity: Science at Cal – Events & Marketing Specialist

Join the Science at Cal Team! The University of California, Science at Cal seeks a new Events & Marketing Specialist for Science at Cal. To see learn more, details, qualifications, and  apply click : Opportunities • Science at Cal

See at detailed Job description and how to apply at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 19, 2023

Job Openings at Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Check out the Current staff openings at eBird and job opportunities at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The include seeking qualified candidates for multiple positions including IT Project Manager and Senior Director of Marketing and Communications.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 19, 2023

King Tides

from East Bay Regional Parks
King Tides are here! These tides are the highest of the year, giving us a peek at the future of sea level rise in the Bay Area.
See King Tides at Regional Shorelines this weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 21st, 10:30 am at Coyote Hills, learn how king tides affect plants, animals, and people on a VIRTUAL walk along the San Francisco Bay shore at
On Sunday, Jan. 22 at Noon at Radke Martinez, experience the highest tides of the year and a glimpse into the future. Discover what causes king tides and explore the tidal zone on this walk and talk.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 19, 2023

The Nearly Unkillable Eucalyptus Meets Its Match

Bay Nature reports

Albany Hill was hit particularly hard in a blight that came for the Bay Area’s eucalyptuses in 2020. That year, eucalyptus trees began to suffer from a dieback—a creeping decline of mysterious origin that left the trees with blotchy, withered leaves. The trees struggled to photosynthesize, and without food, they began to waste away. Arborists hired by the city of Albany, which owns about half of the hill, deemed many of the brittle, drought-parched trees a fire and falling risk for residents and park visitors. Now, the city parks department has cut down fifteen of the most decrepit and hazardous eucalyptus trees and milled them into wood chips and planks for use right on the hill itself. The wood chips are mulch, and the lumber will be installed as railings and retaining walls by Eagle Scout and Urban Tilth trail crews.

Read more at The Nearly Unkillable Eucalyptus Meets Its Match | Bay Nature

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 18, 2023

Job Announcement: Nursery Technician 

Position Title: Nursery TechnicianEmployer: University of California, Davis
Location: USDA Forest Service Placerville Nursery, Camino, CA Dates:Application deadline: February 3, 2023

To learn more about this position and how to apply go to: Job Announcement: Nursery Technician – CNPS Forums

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 18, 2023

Kids’ Climate Concerns

NPR reports

Kids across the world are increasingly facing the impacts of climate change, and climate anxiety is on the rise. As the younger generation processes living with a hotter future, they give us advice on how to cope. 🎧 Listen to what they have to say.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 18, 2023

Sequoia National Park updates

UPDATE – The Generals Highway is currently closed above Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park. It is not possible to see giant sequoias via the Sequoia National Park entrance currently.
Road crews are working hard on the section between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest, but the damage it sustained in the original storm and the fact that much of it is now under a substantial quantity of snow prevent us from having a time estimate yet as to when it will reopen! We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. As always, you can get the most up-to-date roads information by calling 559 565 3341, dial 1, and then dial 1 again.
Click read more about damage to South Fork Campground and Trailheads

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 18, 2023

East Bay Regional Parks Update

Many Regional Parks have been open. With recent storms, visit first to check on specific parks and trails before heading out. Your safety is important. Continue to follow any closure signs and stay mindful of conditions. Even if there is no rain, do exercise caution in the days ahead as the ground is saturated and falling tree limbs and mudslides may be potential hazards. Help Park District staff help you recreate safely. Thank you. #ebrpd

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 17, 2023

UpcomingClasses & Workshops Theodore Payne Foundation


from Theodore Payne Foundation

Horticulture, design, maintenance, botany, nature walks, ethnobotany, art, poetry, and more! Our extensive Education Program offers a range of classes for both beginners and experts with training by TPF staff and guest instructors. Classes are held at TPF in our La Fetra Nature Education Center, on TPF grounds, at various off-site locations, and on Zoom.

See event calendar at : Classes & Workshops | Theodore Payne Foundation

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 17, 2023

Anza-Borrego Foundation Upcoming Events

See the Anza-Borrego Foundation calendar of in person and virtual events at  Events Archive – The Anza-Borrego Foundation

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 17, 2023

Xavi Bou’s Mesmerizing Portraits of Birds in Flight

Audubon write about how How Xavi Bou Makes His Mesmerizing Portraits of Birds in Flight. He creates very different and very beautiful abstract images.

In a project called Ornithographies, he creates mesmerizing images by taking many photographs per second and stitching up to 3,500 or more of them together. The results are beautifully abstract, capturing the energy of flight, whether in the chaotic squiggles that result when Alpine Swifts dive and swoop for insects, or the smooth, even undulations of a gull flying over the water. They may not be moving pictures—although Bou uses a cinema camera that takes 60 frames a second—but they have movement.

See some of his images and read article at  How Xavi Bou Makes His Mesmerizing Portraits of Birds in Flight | Audubon

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 16, 2023

Los Padres National Forest Closures

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a 60-day closure order for four ranger districts (Monterey, Santa Lucia, Santa Barbara and Ojai) in response to the extreme winter storm that delivered heavy rain and wind across the Forest this week. This closure order is effective from January 13, 2023, at 12:00 PM through March 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM.

The closure order will be superseded or terminated when conditions and recreational access improves. Forest employees will be assessing the extent of the damage over the coming weeks and months and will scale back the closure based on improving conditions.

Read more at Los Padres National Forest – Home
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 16, 2023

Yosemite sees ‘ephemeral’ waterfalls after California storms

It’s estimated that about 10 new drainages or seasonal waterfalls, which are officially called “ephemeral waterfalls,” have appeared in Yosemite Valley since the major rains started, Goehring said. The new waterfalls and drainages seem to come and go as the storms do, he added. While some stay for a few days, others have stuck the landing longer during the length of the current wet streak. 
— Read on

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 16, 2023

Job Opening: Nursery Plant Assistant

from Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Job Description: The Native Plant Nursery Assistant will be responsible for the oversight of native
plant sales and the development and implementation of nursery best management practices. This is a
public-facing position, requiring customer service skills and ability to effectively communicate concepts
about native plants, nursery operations and gardening. This position reports to the Stewardship

Read more and learn how to apply at Nursery Plant Assistant

Honolulu Civil Beat reports

Conservationists took the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court last year to spur action that was overdue for the imperiled native honeycreeper.

Federal wildlife officials have proposed that more than 275,000 acres of forest across Hawaii be designated critical habitat for the ‘i‘iwi bird, one of about a dozen native honeycreeper species currently headed toward extinction.

Read more at  Endangered Bird Poised To Get Hundreds Of Thousands Of Protected Acres In Hawaii – Honolulu Civil Beat

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 15, 2023

Hwy. 140 To Yosemite Closed

Hwy 140 is currently closed outside of the park due to a rockfall between El Portal and Midpines. For road conditions outside the park, you can call the Caltrans status hotline at 1-800/427-7623. For road conditions inside the park, you can call our hotline at 209/372-0200 (then press 1 and 1). Tire chains will be required inside the park. You can read more about tire chains here:

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 15, 2023

More Garden Photos

Photos taken in my garden over the last few days between the rain.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 15, 2023

 Where Do Birds Go When It Rains?

Bay Nature writes about how birds cope with stormy weather. Read article at  Bay Nature: Where Do Birds Go When It Rains?

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 15, 2023

Kings Canyon and Sequoia Road Conditions 1/15/23

We’ve had some SNOW in the mountains! Great news for the parks, but not such great news for drivers. Reminder that in Sequoia National Park, the Generals Highway is closed above the Foothills Visitor Center. In Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, all vehicles are required to carry tire chains or cables, and in some areas it is mandatory for all vehicles to install them, including 4WD/AWD vehicles. Road conditions may continue to change throughout the day. For the most current conditions, call 559-565-3341, dial one, and then dial one again. 

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