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Artist's Bracket Ganoderma applanatum

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Date

June 23, 2012

Description

one of the largest I have seen. Resides at the base of a quite large Bay Tree

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Rosilla/Sneezeweed Helenium puberulum

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

A single individual spotted but I am certain there were more along the riparian corridor.

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moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria) Verbascum blattaria

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

Edge of road in harsh conditions, edge of chaparral. 1 - 3 feet tall, single stem rising; very few leaves and those that were there were very small.

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

which one: Ash-throated or Olive-sided??

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ocean spray Holodiscus discolor

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

in the upper reaches of Arastradero Creek drainage. I was surprised that these were still in bloom

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

common throughout the preserve

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

Black sap oozing from Q. agrifolia bark. Had the same on a Blue Oak at home. Arborist said there is no control and that eventually the limb will die. In this case it was the trunk but I expect the tree will eventually heal itself.

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Narrowleaf Willow Salix exigua

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

higher up the draw this willow becomes a little more prominent within the riparian plant community. It seems to host fewer species of galls than the other willow species

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Urchin gall wasp Antron quercusechinus

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

another developing gall on Q. lobata

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Spined Turban Gall Wasp Antron douglasii

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

this was in its very beginning stage. It will grow much larger. Found on Q. lobata leaf

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Brush Rabbit Sylvilagus bachmani

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

These have become quit tame as long as you are quiet and move slowly. Often they will move only a few feet into the roadside brush where they feel you can't see them and are, therefore, safe.

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Fuller's Teasel Dipsacus sativus

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

quite common in patches within the Preserve; from heavy shade to open grassland

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Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

This individual couldn't have cared less whether I was there or not.

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arroyo willow Salix lasiolepis

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

all along the now dry creek

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Godetia Genus Clarkia

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

numerous patches which surprised me a bit. Nice to see those spots of color still around.

Now we wait for the tarweeds to their thing later this summer.

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Yellow starthistle Centaurea solstitialis

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

This thistle is beginning to take over the entire area. Little seems to being done regarding the dramatic spread of this invader. Once summer brown hillsides are now tending to be Starthistle green

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Narrowleaf milkweed Asclepias fascicularis

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

I was surprised to see this plant but happy to find it growing not far off the trail . Two plants growing out in the middle of a large patch of brown grasses and a few Coyote Bushes nearby.

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California buckeye Aesculus californica

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

Some of the many Buckeyes are already shutting down for the season. Several trees on one hillside were totally brown. Down near the creek the plants were much greener but still showing some tendency towards browning.

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valley oak Quercus lobata

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

A fair number of young Valley oaks observed on this walk. Most looked healthy with lots of new growth

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California wild rose Rosa californica

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

A fair number of blooms along the creek

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Date

June 18, 2012

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Gnorimoschema baccharisella

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Coyote brush Baccharis pilularis

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Date

June 18, 2012

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White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

I saw at least four this day. Best was 2 of them doing a total assault on a Coopers Hawk that came too near.

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Scorpionweeds Genus Phacelia

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Date

June 18, 2012

Description

Riparian corridor but also along road generally in shade with mid-afternoon sun. Very hairy and from 1 to 4 feet tall. I suspect it is an alien brought in by one of the many users of the Preserve.

I am pretty certain about this. A CalPhotos picture looks almost exactly like the specimen I collected. Out of its natural range which is southeastern California mountains

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California Oak Moth Phryganidia californica

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Date

June 11, 2012

Description

Saw quite a few this morning but only in one area of the Preserve, which was surprising. NOT the swarms seen on campus.

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California black oak Quercus kelloggii

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Date

June 11, 2012

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Yellow Mariposa Lily Calochortus luteus

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Date

June 11, 2012

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American dog tick Dermacentor variabilis

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Date

June 11, 2012

Description

I was lucky to only find one .. crawling up my leg

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California buckeye Aesculus californica

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Date

June 8, 2012

Description

With European Honeybee.

Some of these trees are already beginning to loose their color. I suspect by the end of July we will observe many of the trees will have gone into dormancy already. About a month ahead of time.

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Willow Apple Gall Sawfly Pontania californica

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Date

June 8, 2012
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