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North Coast Semaphore Grass

​ May 10, 9:30 am Today we are going to look at a rare plant, the North Coast Semaphore Grass, Plueropogon hooverianus. This is a perennial grass that is found in grasslands and riparian woodlands. It grows to a height of 1 to 1.6 meters and blooms from April to June....

The Glorius Red-winged Blackbirds

April 29th 9am This time of the year, one bird that seems to be everywhere, with its dashing scarlet epaulets blazing out, is the Red-winged blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus. This bird’s habitat includes wet meadows, riparian corridors, freshwater and brackish marshes,...

The Hum of Pollinators

Wednesday, April 22nd, 9 am The valley is turning into the “Sea of Blue” that was described by the original group of botanists from Jones and Stokes Associates that came out to do biological assessments of the proposed Caltrans routes for the Willits Bypass in the...

Nesting in Place

April 15th 9am. It has been a long time since we have gone somewhere out of the county during this time of the year. Usually the pull to travel to other places takes us away, but the garden needs to go in, weeds must be pulled, the grasses mowed, fruit trees pruned,...

Moss Magic in the Plasma Forest

April 10th, 9am Today I am returning to one of my favorite topics before the warmth and lack of rain alters them so much that we don’t even notice them anymore, the mosses. Right now, they are spectacular lush green carpets of soft velvet, reaching up with their...