Slideshow for Bay Area Open Space Council

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Grassland Research in the Hamilton Range

I was honored to be asked by the Bay Area Open Space Council to do a slideshow for their annual conference in the Presidio, SF, CA.  The theme of the conference was healthy land and healthy people and frankly, that’s something I care about dearly.

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Chasing Ladies on Coyote Ridge

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Christal sexing the butterfly

As you know, I chase butterflies. Mostly its been larva (these little black caterpillars that have the slightest of orange spots and are very difficult to spot) at Coyote Ridge, Santa Clara county.  Sometimes you can spend a whole day looking for the little guys and well, that’s your day.  In good years, like this year, we’ve found many “mini-cats” on the cool slopes of Coyote Ridge.

Peak bloom for Coyote Ridge - I dare you try to point out a non-native in this photo?!

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Restoring the Bay Checkerspot back home to Edgewood Park, San Mateo County

February 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s been an amazing year for Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (BCB) larvae this year. Numbers have increased 5-fold, ten-fold, even 20-fold for some of our long term research plots.  After about a half dozen “down years”, it’s a welcome rebound.  This little federally threatened butterfly that takes to the skies mid to late March every year and then disappears for another 11 months has helped ecologists understand the interaction of this species with an soil environment that is increasingly saturated with nitrogen from automobile exhaust.

Jimmy showing off a larva for the camera

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Quiet times on the mountain

January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

January fog on blue oaks

I was fortunate to get invited (ahem, I invited myself I guess) to a hike with two of the most notable, contemporary botanical explorers of the East Bay.  We headed out to Mt. Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County for which Barbara Ertter, and Diablo champion Mary Bowerman, have published a unique and informative flora.  Beyond just plant identification and simple cataloging, this book relates ecological studies, talks plant associations and offers tidbits of history and nuance.  Truly a classic, get it here.  I have a signed one with a personal note from Barbara, so I’m considering this means we’re friends 🙂

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Saturday Morning with Wendy Tokuda

November 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

Wendy Tokuda is a real star.  Besides being an anchorwoman and reporter at KPIX (CBS) in the Bay Area, she’s a real advocate for the environment.  But Wendy isn’t one of those “this is what should be done types”, but rather she’s a real go-getter.  For her insatiable energy and religious devotion to the environment, she’s being written up in a Bay Area magazine.

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