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What

Redwood-sorrel Oxalis oregana

Observer

alan99

Date

May 26, 2008

Description

Redwood Sorrel growing in the Founder's Grove, in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA.

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What

Western Swordfern Polystichum munitum

Observer

alan99

Date

May 26, 2008

Description

Western Sword Fern in the Founder's Grove.

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What

Flat-backed Millipedes Order Polydesmida

Observer

alan99

Date

May 26, 2008

Description

I sure thought this was a centipede, but you can count the legs per segment. This was in the Founders' Grove in Humboldt State Park.

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Observer

alan99

Date

May 25, 2008

Description

These water horsetails were growing about 40 feet from the Eel River.

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What

Stink Bugs Family Pentatomidae

Observer

alan99

Date

May 25, 2008

Description

One of the kids spotted this one. She knew it was a stink bug, so I looked it up just now for a more precise name. Seems like a green stink bug.

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Observer

alan99

Date

May 25, 2008

Description

Appears to be a soldier beetle (Cantharis rustica?) Hanging around by the Eel River on a warm spring day.

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What

Sierran Treefrog Pseudacris sierra

Observer

alan99

Date

May 25, 2008

Description

Appeared to be a Pacific Tree Frog. It was out on dry, sunny ground near the Eel River. Later took to the water.

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What

Harpaphe haydeniana Harpaphe haydeniana ssp. haydeniana

Observer

alan99

Date

May 25, 2008

Description

This medium sized millipede was one of several we saw crawling along the ground and up the sides of the redwood trees.

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What

large green slug Genus Ariolimax

Observer

alan99

Date

May 24, 2008

Description

Another creature that miraculously survived a stampede of curious children. This slug was creeping along the redwood leaf litter near Burlington campground. It responded to movement within 12 inches by withdrawing its eye stalks.

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Observer

alan99

Date

January 16, 2008 12:00 PM PST

Description

Small shelf fungus growing on a bit of wood. This was visible from the path through Muir Woods.

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What

Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

Observer

alan99

Date

January 16, 2008 12:00 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

This was an interesting specimen of coast redwood, featuring an above-ground burl.

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

alan99

Date

January 16, 2008 12:00 PM PST

Description

It was interesting to see these ferns growing on a dead branch of a live tree.

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What

white crane or egret Ardea alba

Observer

alan99

Date

January 16, 2008 12:00 PM PST

Description

This egret hunted at an unhurried pace almost impossible to understand for the average first grader.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Cathartes aura Cathartes aura

Observer

alan99

Date

January 16, 2008 12:00 PM PST

Description

These large birds, most probably turkey vultures, circled quite close at times.

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What

Mirounga angustirostris Mirounga angustirostris

Observer

alan99

Date

April 11, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

There were several bull males and dozens of juvenile "weaners" on the beach and the salt flats.

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Observer

alan99

Date

March 18, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

You would see one of these caterpillars about every 15 feet on the trail from the edge of the reserve to the beaches.

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What

Gastropods Class Gastropoda

Observer

alan99

Date

March 11, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

I saw this snail in the salt flats near the elephant seal breeding grounds at Ano Nuevo state park (CA). It was fortunate enough to evade being crushed by an entire 1st grade class marching right over it.

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What

Agelaius phoeniceus Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

alan99

Date

March 11, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

Observed red wing blackbirds in the parking area for Ano Nuevo state preserve, in a loose group of approximately 15 immature males, not including the 1st grade boys on class field trip.

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What

Ichneumon Wasps Family Ichneumonidae

Observer

alan99

Date

April 20, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

Tended to hang on to stalks of plants. Was not aggressive.

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