Western Pond Turtle Eggs

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Even though I caught and kept a newt in a small terrarium for several years when I was growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I am not particularly interested in reptiles and amphibians and thus do not know much about them. … Continue reading

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Water Speedwell

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The classification of water speedwell is debated. There are at least 15 synonyms for this plant. Some taxonomists recognize each as a separate species, some combine certain species and retain others individually while many consider all to be a single … Continue reading

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Bambi and Thumper

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Last fall Leonard discovered a domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in our barn (near Lookout CA, Modoc County). With no nearby houses or knowledge of local people with rabbits, we had no idea how the rabbit ended up in our barn. … Continue reading

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Greater Bladderwort

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Greater bladderwort (Utricularia macrorhiza) is a free-floating aquatic plant. The stems, which can grow to three feet or more in length, do not have roots and float or are partially submerged in ponds, lakes and sluggish streams from low to … Continue reading

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Sadler Oak

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Sadler oaks (Quercus sadleriana) are often an understory species beneath conifers but can grow on sunny, dry ridges and serpentine soils. Their range is approximately the same as the Brewer’s spruce (Picea breweriana) discussed in my previous post (07-14-19 “Brewer’s … Continue reading

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Brewer’s Spruce

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Distribution maps for Brewer’s spruce (Pices breweriana) showed a grove at Babyfoot Lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness southwest of Grants Pass OR (Siskiyou National Forest, Josephine County). Leonard and I were excited to finally have the opportunity to see this … Continue reading

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Lemmon’s Onion

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Members of the Allium genus often look similar and are difficult to tell apart, often relying on such characteristics as the microscopic reticulations on the outer coat of the bulb to distinguish between species. I believe these specimens are Lemmon’s … Continue reading

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