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Dwarf Juniper

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Juniperus communis can be an erect tree, a waist-high shrub or a prostrate shrub in form. Depending on the growth pattern, some taxonomists separate this species into subspecies. Others simply classify all the forms as J communis, as I will … Continue reading

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Utah Juniper

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Utah junipers (Juniperus osteosperma) are short, single-stemmed (usually), erect trees with large, rough branches and a full, rounded crown. They are found in montane coniferous woodlands and forests throughout the Great Basin. Their habitat is dry, rocky, shallow soils between … Continue reading

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Acorn Barnacle

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Acorn barnacles (Balanus glandula) are crustaceans, related to shrimp, crabs, snails and lobsters. Their habitat is the intertidal zone, the area between the high and low tides. A sessile animal, once attached to rocks along the shore, wharfs, pilings or … Continue reading

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Himantopus mexicanus

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Himantopus mexicanus, commonly called a black-necked stilt, is a widespread shorbird found in marshy areas, shallow ponds, mudflats, and pools, both alkaline and fresh. This black and white bird with long pink to red legs also utilizes artificial habitats such … Continue reading

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American Crow

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“If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows”  -Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887) American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos), along with other Corvids, are considered by most to be the most … Continue reading

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White Rushlily

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A native perennial, white rushlily (Hastingsia alba) has a limited range. It grows in wet meadows, bogs and rocky seeps with serpentine soils. It can be found in Northern California and Southwestern Oregon between about 1,650 and 7,500 feet. White … Continue reading

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Purple Star

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Starfish abound on most seacoasts, especially on rocky shores and wharf pilings. They are members of the Phylum Echinodermata and Class Asteroidea. The body consists of a central disk and tapering rays, or arms. At the end of each arm … Continue reading

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