07 de mayo de 2013

Homework #3 - Moist Evergreen Forest

  1. Hairy vetch
  2. Tasmanian Blue Gum
  3. Cow parsnip
  4. Miner's Lettuce
  5. Wavy-leafed soap plant
Publicado el 07 de mayo de 2013 a las 07:36 PM por nicktrow nicktrow | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Homework #3 - Chaparral

  1. Woodland strawberry
  2. Red tailed hawk
  3. Checkerblooms
  4. English plantain
  5. Wild oat
Publicado el 07 de mayo de 2013 a las 07:33 PM por nicktrow nicktrow | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Homework #5

  1. Domestic Muscovy Duck
  2. Lavender
  3. Artichoke Thistle
  4. Horsetails
  5. Western Blue-eyed grass
Publicado el 07 de mayo de 2013 a las 07:28 PM por nicktrow nicktrow | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Homework #6

  1. A plant with regular flowers - sweet-brier
  2. A plant with irregular flowers - broad-leaved everlasting pea
  3. A monocot - western rattlesnake plantain
  4. A dicot - common vetch
  5. A plant in the pea family (Fabaceae) - hairy vetch
  6. A Gymnosperm - Sequoia
  7. A terrestrial plant that is not a seed plant - Fern
  8. A plant with pinnate leaves - western poison oak
  9. A plant with opposite leaves -
  10. A plant in the sunflower family (Asteraceae)
Publicado el 07 de mayo de 2013 a las 07:20 PM por nicktrow nicktrow | 7 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

01 de mayo de 2013

Homework #9

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19 de abril de 2013

Homework #8

Activity 2

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Homework #8

Activity 1

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02 de abril de 2013

Extra Credit

I went on two spring outdoor adventures this break.

The first took me to Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It was a large sequoia forest. I learned here that sequoia bark is fire resistant. When these trees were first discovered by westerners, the bark of a couple of the trees were stripped and reassembled in shows in New York and London. Although the removing of the bark essentially suffocated the trees, it lead to the conservation of the sequoia forest, which is why they still are standing today

My second trip was by far my favorite. I went camping at Big Basin Thursday Friday night. I went on the 13 mile hike Friday morning (Sunset trail to Skyline to the Sea Trail) and saw a huge amount of biodiversity. The hike took me through mostly redwood forest habitat, but included some chaparral patches as well. My hiking buddy and I decided that we saw two to three hundred California Newts (all either looking to breed or actually doing it). The highlight of my trip was finding California Giant Salamanders, a species I haven't seen in the wild in years. There were a group of four at a river crossing on the trail (I had to stop at all river crossings to hunt for newts and other amphibians). I believe the dicamptodon is an adult, because the largest was about 5 inches long and was guarding a little sack of eggs. I am not a dicamp expert though... Seeing the hundreds of mating newts and the dicamp larvae was amazing. I might have to make another trip to go somewhere equally as newt populated before mating season is over!

Publicado el 02 de abril de 2013 a las 09:27 PM por nicktrow nicktrow | 19 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

01 de marzo de 2013

Species Interations

I pulled off the road to get a shot of these deer eating some brush on Grizzly Peak. I followed a deer trail for a long while and found the deer I had earlier spooked happily eating some grass. I also saw new deer droppings next to old deer droppings. The older droppings had a better image of what they had in their droppings. Then I found a tree leaf that had been made into a tasty snack by a hungry insect. Further up Grizzly Peak I took a seat at my favorite look-out spot and saw a banana slug emerge from one of the previously dug grub holes in the rotted log. I have seen a million banana slugs, but never crawling out of a log like this!

Publicado el 01 de marzo de 2013 a las 06:35 AM por nicktrow nicktrow | 3 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

15 de febrero de 2013

Tree of Life Exercise

Amphibian - California Slender Salamander
Growing up in the Bay Area, I loved playing with these as a kid. They are really common - I found about 10 on my hike.

Animal - Centipede
This was one of the cooler things I found while turning rocks over. I am not positive as to Species, but I believe the Genus is Scolopocryptops. (Awesome name)

Plant - Herb robert
This is a common flowering plant in North America. It is considered a 'weed' by many posts I saw on-line.

Insect - California camel cricket
This find was another product of checking under rocks. Its a great place to hide for something that looks so tasty.

Reptile - California Mountain Kingsnake
This find wasn't from the hike I went on last weekend, but one of my favorite animal finds from California.

As you might be able to tell, I tend to favor the animals more than the plants...

Publicado el 15 de febrero de 2013 a las 07:55 AM por nicktrow nicktrow | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

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