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Fall Colors

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During a recent visit to Burney Falls State Park (Shasta County CA) the oaks in their fall colors appeared particularly brilliant this year. There are two native deciduous oaks in our area – the California black oak (Quercus kelloggii) and … Continue reading

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A lightning strike on 07-24-17 ignited a wildfire that eventually consumed 30,887 acres, a majority of which was in the Modoc National Forest northwest of Adin CA (Modoc County). Named the Cove Fire, this conflagration was finally contained on 08-16-17. … Continue reading

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Tannins in Acorns

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It is interesting how one thing can lead to another. While reading about acorns in conjunction with my previous post (“Selective Food Storage” 11-28-16), I learned additional¬† new facts about acorns. Tannins are plant polyphenols that bind and precipitate proteins … Continue reading

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Oaks in Spring

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The Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) and California black oak (Quercus kelloggii) are two of the more common oaks in Northeastern California. Although there are differences in the leaves, bark and acorns, these two oaks often are easy to confuse, … Continue reading

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Acorn Woodpecker Granary

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Acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes¬†formicivorus), which I introduced yesterday, eat insects, tree sap and fruits. They can often be seen catching insects high above the tree canopy or gleaning them off the limbs of trees. The species name for the acorn woodpecker, … Continue reading

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