Author Archives: Marisela De Santa Anna

Welcome Spring Rains

April 14, 2022 When Little Lake Valley gets significant rain in April or May (at least two or more inches), especially after having dry months of winter, I breathe a sigh of relief. The creeks fill up, the ground saturates, and we get some inundation in the north end of the valley. This is important…

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The Sounds of Spring

April 4, 2022 Having been out of town for the entire month of March it is very exciting to return to find spring is well on its way here. There are flowers blooming along the roadsides such as Lupines and Buttercups. The vibrant green of the Willits Valley is soothing to my eyes and psyche.…

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Another Look At Lichens

February 22, 2022 While out in the valley I am always astounded at the sheer volume of lichens hanging off a variety of trees. Some of them actually look “cloaked,” blanketed with foliose lichens. In the past I have talked about the fishnet lichen, Ramalina menziesii, also called Lace lichen, which is one of our…

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Western Gray Squirrels In February

February 9, 2022 In the oak woodlands of the Willits Mitigation Lands southern piece of property, called Plasma, the deciduous Valley Oaks are full of much life and sounds. Besides the entertaining ‘waka waka waka’ of our resident Acorn Woodpeckers, the churring of our new winter migrants, the Lewis’s Woodpeckers, is still a delight to…

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Green-winged Teal in Little Lake Valley

As winter progresses and we continue to have the gift of decent rainfall, Little Lake Valley has flooded and filled with the familiar sound of waterfowl. We have many species that are found in the wetlands and ponds including Canada Geese, White-fronted Geese, American and Eurasian Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, Cinnamon Teals, and the ducks I…

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A Time for Bryophytes

Winter is a time for the Bryophytes which includes the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Recently when I was out evaluating the inundation on the northern end of the valley, I discovered an area where all three of these plant types are growing. This blog is mostly about hornworts, since it is the first time I…

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