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ben_in_sf

Date

June 29, 2007 02:33 PM PDT

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What

California Giant Salamander Dicamptodon ensatus

Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

May 29, 2004 01:11 PM PDT

Description

Dicamptodon ensatus - If you find one, look but don't touch. Oils, salts, soaps, perfumes, etc. on our hands can be toxic to salamanders because they absorb materials through their skin.

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What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) Cathartes aura

Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

the past

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 30, 2008 12:09 PM PDT

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

July 22, 2003 07:53 AM PDT

Description

In the French Alps - in the grass at the edge of a field. I'm certainly no expert, but a little research tells me it's probably a Lady Bird spider, either Eresus sandaliatus, or E. cinnaberinus. Sometimes the female eats the male. Sometimes the babies consume the mother.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 25, 2007 12:43 AM PDT

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 27, 2008 02:25 PM PDT

Description

Ferns on Switchbacks trail, Haleakala Crater, Maui Hawai`i

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 30, 2008 12:26 PM PDT

Description

Moist fern in the cloud forest of Waikamoi Forest Preserve.
Please go HERE now.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

February 20, 2005 12:59 PM PST

Description

Fungi in the redwoods, Higgins Purissima, near Half Moon Bay, California

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

May 26, 2007 03:05 AM PDT

Description

Hōlei. On the cool, misted slopes high above Kanaio, small pockets of native species have survived centuries of logging, grazing, harvesting and the competition of invasive species. The hōlei is one of the species found in these pockets in the area known as Auwahi. Once valued for its fragrant blossoms and the yellow dye derived from its bark and roots for tapa, the hōlei is now listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a candidate for endangered or threatened species status. The hōlei has its benefactors. Efforts are underway in the Auwahi region to protect and expand these pockets of native plants. Fences now keep out the grazers and pigs, and the kikuyu grass that chokes everything in its reach, is being removed. Seeds are gathered and germinated. Keikis are planted and loved. This once-rich forest may thrive again, to the benefit of species such as the hōlei.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

July 20, 2004 06:54 PM PDT

Description

There are many of these a`ali`i In Haleakala Crater, on the Halemauu trail, just east of Holua Cabin. At least I hope they're a`ali`i! The leaves are significantly smaller than those of the a`ali`i in the Auwahi region. But these seed pods are pretty hard to miss! I wonder if these are a different subspecies, or if they are the same species, but have merely adapted to the much harsher crater environment.

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What

gastropods (Class Gastropoda) Class Gastropoda

Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

June 5, 2010 12:28 PM PDT

Description

Afternoon hike, Forest Park, Portland, OR

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

February 20, 2005 01:05 PM PST

Description

Check here Near Half Moon Bay, CA, redwood forest, cheerful guests

Aka Bolbitus titubans –
http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/bolbitius-titubans.php

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 11, 2007 12:20 AM PDT

Description

Top-down view of 'Dryopteris wallichiana' at Pu`u Makua, August 11, '07. Overcast skies. Rebirth of a forest.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

July 20, 2004 06:55 PM PDT

Description

There are many of these a`ali`i In Haleakala Crater, on the Halemauu trail, just east of Holua Cabin.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

June 5, 2010 12:30 PM PDT

Description

Afternoon hike, Forest Park, Portland, OR

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

May 13, 2007 09:13 AM PDT

Description

If you can guide me to an identification, I'd appreciate it. Seen at about 1000m on a southwest slope of Haleakala volcano, Maui, Hawaii, in a native plant restoration area.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 25, 2007 12:28 AM PDT

Description

Something tells me I'm tired. This is the third of this shot I posted. Well, at least this one is from a slightly different angle!

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

July 20, 2004 06:54 PM PDT

Description

A`ali`i. There are many of these a`ali`i In Haleakala Crater, on the Halemauu trail, just east of Holua Cabin.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

June 17, 2010 06:22 AM PDT

Description

Lower Klamath Lake, just south of the CA/OR border.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 25, 2007 12:29 AM PDT

Description

Yes.

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What

Definite Tussock Moth Orgyia definita

Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

July 31, 2008 11:50 AM PDT

Description

On a table on the deck at a local watering hole, South Royalton, VT. I believe it's an Orgyia definita, a type of tussock moth. For other views, see here and here

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 25, 2007 12:30 AM PDT

Description

Keiki alani kicking up new leaves.

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What

horned ghost crab (Ocypode ceratophthalma) Ocypode ceratophthalmus

Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

November 3, 2007 02:13 AM PDT

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What

Thread-legged Bugs Subfamily Emesinae

Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 25, 2007 02:13 AM PDT

Description

S/he came to visit, in Auwahi I, amidst a thicket of a`ali`i. I don't know what it is.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 27, 2008 02:27 PM PDT

Description

Sadleria cyatheoides
Amau (Blechnaceae)
Fern on Switchbacks trail, Haleakala Crater, Maui Hawai`i

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 25, 2007 12:35 AM PDT

Description

Nest of a Japanese White Eye. Cute birds, but invasive. They are known to spread bocconia seeds - a nasty invasive we fight every trip.

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What

Aquatic Garter Snake Thamnophis atratus

Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

March 7, 2004 04:05 PM PST

Description

I was a little surprised as this garter snake came swimming up the stream as I sat there taking a break.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 27, 2008 02:36 PM PDT

Description

Fern opening on the Switchbacks trail, but really much better like this.

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Observer

ben_in_sf

Date

August 25, 2007 12:36 AM PDT

Description

'Alani' (Melicope knudsenii) A few years ago you could count the number of specimens of this type of alani tree known to exist on Earth on two fingers. This is the one that lived in the 'wild.' Now there are about 10 or 11 more, all keiki from this plant.

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