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Dwarf Chamaesaracha

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Dwarf chamaesaracha (Chamaesaracha nana) has “uncommon abundant” distribution. (That is an oxymoron.) It is an uncommon plant, however, in the places where it does occur, dwarf chamaesaracha is abundant. This native perennial, a member of the Nightshade Family, is found … Continue reading

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“Holding” Steelhead

Steelhead, or steelhead trout, are the same species as rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), except they have different life cycles. Where rainbow trout spend their entire life cycle in freshwater, steelhead, as a result of genetic modifications, are anadromous, that is, … Continue reading

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Are You My Mother?

Throughout the summer a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe and her fawn visited our yard (near Lookout CA, Modoc County) almost every day. (see “Mule Deer Fawn” on 08-13-2013) They made the rounds eating our pear and plum trees, grape … Continue reading

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Introduced Mantis

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At the Konpira Shrine in Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku Japan), I photographed a praying mantis that closely resembled the praying mantis we see on our property near Lookout CA (Modoc County). I later discovered, much to my surprise, that this praying … Continue reading

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Bobcats (Lynx rufus) have well-defined territories marked with urine scent, feces and clawing. Males will tolerate other males where their territories overlap, but females generally do not permit other bobcats to trespass. Each bobcat has several areas within its territory … Continue reading

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Bog Laurel

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Kalmia polifolia has many common names: bog laurel, swamp laurel, bog kalmia, mountain laurel and alpine laurel, among others. I always called this native shrub (also often listed as a wildflower) bog laurel and will continue to do so. Additionally, … Continue reading

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Darker Spotted Straw Moth Caterpillar

  A year after the Cove Fire consumed over 30,000 acres of the Modoc National Forest, the site along Forest Road 40N11 that Leonard and I are monitoring is rapidly recovering. Over the last year we recorded many mammal, bird, … Continue reading

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