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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Chestnut-backed Chickadee

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Chestnut-backed chickadees (Peocile rufescens) live in the wet, dense conifer and mixed forests of the West Coast, Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. The smallest of the North American chickadees, chestnut-backed chickadees also will adapt to suburban and urban shrubs and … Continue reading

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