Middens with Mushrooms

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With our area, Northeast California, in the midst of an extended drought, very few of the normally abundant fungi have appeared the last few years. Over the last week about 0.3″ of rain fell – not much by any standards. … Continue reading

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Marsh Jaumea

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Amid the tidal flats at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve north of Bandon OR is a interesting low bank that illustrates plants with different levels of tolerance to salinity, salt spray and submergence. On this bank are four distinct … Continue reading

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Crystalline Tube Gall

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A gall formed on Oregon white oaks (Quercus garryana – see “Oaks in Spring” 03-05-14) by the cynipid wasp Trichoteras tubifaciens is the crystalline tube gall. A tubular-shaped gall covered in short, crystalline hairs, the crystalline tube gall ranges in color … Continue reading

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Coyote Bush

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Coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis) was originally divided into two subspecies: a low, prostrate form and an erect form. Since these two types intergrade completely (merge through intermediate forms), the subspecies designation has been discarded. Also called chaparral broom, coyote bush … Continue reading

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Western Yellowjacket

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The common yellowjacket species look similar – yellow or white abdominal patterns, abdomen narrow and attached to the thorax by a pedicel (“waist”)  and smoky wings. I recently photographed yellowjackets at their underground nest in one of our pastures (Modoc … Continue reading

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Sitka Spruce

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Like the Monterey pine of my previous post (“Monterey Pine” 10-08-14), the Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is also a “coastal” conifer. Native to North America, the Sitka spruce ranges along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Mendocino County CA. In … Continue reading

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Monterey Pine

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Currently there are only three native stands of Monterey pines (Pinus radiata) remaining in the United States – in the coastal areas of Monterey County CA, the Cambria hills of San Luis Obispo County CA and near Pescadero in Santa … Continue reading

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