Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata) is a parasitic member of the Orchid Family (Orchidaceae). It has no chlorophyll and instead derives its nutrition from fungi which in turn are parasites on the roots of living plants. A native perennial, spotted coralroot … Continue reading
A native perennial, sticky geranium (Geranium viscosissimum) grows in open woods and meadows between 3,300 and 8,200 feet in the western portions of the United States and Canada. This specimen was photographed in Dan Ryan Meadow along Ash Creek (Modoc … Continue reading
In honor of Groundhog Day here is a picture of the “Lookout Marmot”. We do not have groundhogs here in Northeastern California. However, a cousin of the groundhog, the yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) is common. I always joke that instead … Continue reading
Like the acorn woodpeckers that I mentioned in my previous post (10/02/15), Western scrub jays (Aphelocoma californica) are also benefiting from the abundant acorn production this season. This beautiful blue and grey bird eats insects in the spring and summer, … Continue reading
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In an earlier post (Young Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels) I noted that golden-mantled ground squirrels look very similar to and are often confused with chipmunks (Tamias sp.). The most obvious difference in the field is that golden-mantled ground squirrels lack stripes on … Continue reading