April 28, 2015

From Phoenix to Bon Tempe Lake (Trip)

My 5 month old finally seems big enough to fit in one of those little backpack carrier things that I inherited from my brother. So Jess and I tested it out by hiking from the East entrance to Phoenix Lake (off Crown Road) all the way to and around Lake Lagunitas and back. It was a great success. Naturalizing is a lot easier with the baby up high and in back like that. It was previously hard to bend over and take pictures with her strapped in the front.

My targets for the trip were Viola ocellata and Romanzoffia californica around Lake Lagunitas which I read about in Sharon Salisbury's May 1, 2010 trip report and Calochortus uniflorus in the Lagunitas Meadows I read about in Calen Hall's April 13, 2005 post. I saw all 3 (all new to me) and also Castilleja ambigua growing alongside the Calochortus uniflorus in the meadows.

Other highlights were swarms of Adela septentrionella on a blooming hawthorn and their surrounding ocean spray host plant. I also finally got a good pic of Beaverpond Baskettail - my last encounter with this species was really frustrating because they didn't land at all! My comical highlight from the trip was this little beetle threesome from swarms on a white douglas iris. Anyone know what kind of beetle they are?

Posted on April 28, 2015 06:40 PM by loarie loarie | 69 observations | 4 comments | Leave a comment

March 30, 2015

mothing effort (Trip)

Trying out my blacklight again. No macroleps tonight except a cool Western Pero and a cool Western Yellowstriped Armyworm. But a cool 'flock' of little mayflies like I'd never seen showed up which was also cool...

Posted on March 30, 2015 01:40 PM by loarie loarie | 3 observations | 4 comments | Leave a comment

August 01, 2014

GGPark Break (Trip)

Spent some time snooping around Cal Academy of Sciences for some things that had been seen around me. Couldn't track down the insects, birds (lots of bushtits however) or rodents, but did pretty well on the plants

Posted on August 01, 2014 04:37 PM by loarie loarie | 8 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 16, 2014

Glen Park Run (Trip)

I took a run through Glen Park looking for a few things found there historically...

Posted on July 16, 2014 04:51 PM by loarie loarie | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 02, 2014

timetest (Trip)

This is test Trip created from BioCaching mobile app

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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 11:59 AM by loarie loarie | 47 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 07:49 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 08:44 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 08:42 AM by loarie loarie | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 06, 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 06, 2013 10:01 PM by loarie loarie | 40 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment