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Beach Saltbush

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A member of the Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae), beach saltbush (Atriplex leucophylla) inhabits beach dunes and other sandy areas along the coastal strand of California and Oregon below about 200 feet. Even though it occurs along the coast, this salt-tolerant, native … Continue reading

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Populations of beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) do not bloom every year. Colonies often tend to flower in 5 to 7 year cycles. Beargrass is also a “survivor species”, capable of  surviving wildfires and are the first to sprout in scorched areas. … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Tresses

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In late July Leonard and I visited Ankeny National Wildlife Area near Salem OR. We planned a “bird hike” because this late in the season wildflowers are usually rather scarce. Much to my surprise we found three “new” wildflowers that … Continue reading

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Elmer Stipa

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Leonard is a grass person. Except for the very obvious grasses, I cannot tell them apart. However, since he patiently searches out wildflowers with me, I need to post a grass specimen occasionally. Earlier this month while hiking the Quarry … Continue reading

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Painted Lady

The painted lady (Vanessa cardui) is one of the most widely spread butterflies in the world, found in all continents except Australia and Antarctica. An irruptive migrant (migrates independent of seasonal or geographic patterns), the painted lady is capable of … Continue reading

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American Avocet Revisited

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This spring Ash Creek Wildlife Area in Modoc County CA had what seemed, at least to Leonard and me, unusually large numbers of American avocets (Recurvirostra americana). Although the range maps indicate we are on the border of the American … Continue reading

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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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