Courting Wild Turkeys

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After many years of decline, wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) are now found in all continental states. There are four wild turkey subspecies within the United States, with two additional subspecies found in Mexico. Wild turkeys prefer open woods bordered by … Continue reading

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Boxwood

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There are many colloquial names for boxwood (Pachystima myrsinites) including Oregon boxwood, myrtle boxwood, myrtlebush, mountain lover and falsebox. To further confuse, the genus name, Pachystima, is also spelled Paxistima and Pachistima in the literature. What a multitude of names … Continue reading

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Grass Widow

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Grass widow (Olsynium douglasii) is one of the earliest-blooming springtime flowers. A member of the Iris Family, grass widow is a tufted perennial arising from a short rootstock. This native can be found in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, … Continue reading

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Bush Poppy Fruits

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The fruits of bush poppies (Dendromecon rigida), which I discussed in my last post (Bush Poppy on 04-11-2018), are capsules. Last March at the Botanical Garden in Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley CA), the bush poppies (also commonly called tree poppies) … Continue reading

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Bush Poppy

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Bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida), also called a tree poppy, is a shrub native to California and Baja Mexico. Rarely growing to more than 10 feet in height, bush poppies inhabit chaparral and woodlands below 5,500 feet in the Coast Range … Continue reading

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Henderson’s Fawn Lily

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Last week while hiking to the top of Lower Table Rocks near Medford OR, Leonard and I were treated to a spectacular abundance of Henderson’s fawn lilies (Erythronium hendersonii). One of the earliest blooming wildflowers in the spring, this perennial … Continue reading

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Lark Sparrow

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The sole member of its genus, the lark sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) is our largest open-country sparrow.  It is found singly or in flocks of up to about 50 members on the prairies and on mesas, along roadsides, and in fallow … Continue reading

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