March 05, 2014

Looking for mammals at the Berkeley Marina (Trip)

Went for a hike around the Marina tried to record every Mammal I saw

Posted on March 05, 2014 02:59 PM by loarie loarie | 73 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 11, 2013

Rice paddy amphibian chorus in Ubud, Bali

Ubud Bali is a pretty famous touristy spot - much better suited to eat-pray-love fans than biodiversity fans and not that great a spot to naturalize. But if you end up stuck here for a few days, I'd recommend frogging the rice paddies. I was here in the middle of the dry season, but because they flood the fields through a complex irrigation system, there were two species calling from the fields themselves and I was able to track down 3 more in the little ponds around the fields. Would love some ID help if anyone knows their Indonesian frogs!

Posted on September 11, 2013 10:49 PM by loarie loarie | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 28, 2013

Rock Creek Park

BotanyGirl took me to Rock Creek Park in DC. Was great to see lots of new plants and photograph Hooded Warlber!

Posted on May 28, 2013 11:44 AM by loarie loarie | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 14, 2013

Unique plants at Jasper Ridge

I hiked to the Mapache Gate the other day to find some of my favorite plants I've only seen one of at JR. They are Chaparral Mallow, Wild Licorice and Chaparral Beardtongue. Unfortunately only the first was blooming. The others still in bud.

Posted on May 14, 2013 11:42 AM by loarie loarie | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 07, 2013

Jepson Prairie trip

Had a great trip to Jepson Prairie today! Was my first visit and I think we timed it perfectly. What a cool spot. Were lots of canada geese, avocets, willets, and black bellied plovers around. Lots of showy fields of goldfields with other species mixed in. Would have liked to see what a docent with a dip-net would have been fishing out (fairy shrimp and what not) but alas no docent.


Jess among the goldfields

Posted on April 07, 2013 01:01 AM by loarie loarie | 40 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 29, 2013

Spring Break

To celebrate Spring Break at Berkeley I went on a short hike at McLaren park and followed by a longer one at Edgewood Preserve. I saw 103 taxa including 10 species I haven't reported before. An interesting one was the pygmyweed (Crassula connata) that I found in the serpentine at Edgewood - this plant is on tons of plant lists but I've never seen it, I now see why - its incredibly tiny. I had to get down on my belly just to see it. But now that I can identify it I'm sure I'll see it everywhere. It grows on bear ground and looks almost like the moss and lichens its found with.

Posted on March 29, 2013 03:31 PM by loarie loarie | 119 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 25, 2013

Ohio in February

I got to go to the Ohio Natural History Conference where I had the good fortune of hiking with Mike Gratziano, who has to be one of the best naturalists in the state. We turned up all sorts of cool things despite the literally freezing weather. My favorites were seeing a newt swimming below the ice, learning that black birch tastes like root beer, and my first Botrychium!


Mike in the field, notice the sheet of ice in the background.

Posted on February 25, 2013 11:22 AM by loarie loarie | 24 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 06, 2013

Searching for Fragrant Fritillary on Bernal Heights!

On this day in 1890 (123 years ago!) someone calling themselves 'E. C.' collected the rare fragrant fritillary (Fritillaria liliacea) on Bernal Heights in San Francisco. The specimen is at the California Academy of Sciences cataloged as: CAS:BOT:108701

I went back today to try to relocate this specimen. No luck, the site is pretty disturbed these days, lots of dogs and bare ground but I did find these 15 plants in bloom.


Lots of the invasive yellow Bermuda Buttercup (Oxalis pes-caprae), but no fragrant fritillary (Fritillaria liliacea) blooming on Bernal Heights

Posted on February 06, 2013 10:26 PM by loarie loarie | 15 observations | 1 comments | Leave a comment

September 12, 2012

The lost world in Arizona

Went into this giant crater (apparently a collapsed volcano) in Arizona filled with herds of Pronghorn & Elk and incredible wildflowers - unbelievable!

Posted on September 12, 2012 01:16 AM by loarie loarie | 2 observations | 1 comments | Leave a comment

February 29, 2012

Wildflowers of San Bruno Mountain

I photographed every flower I saw in bloom on my hike on San Bruno Mountain today, if its not in this post, I didn't see it blooming!

Posted on February 29, 2012 10:20 PM by loarie loarie | 56 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment