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Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus

Observer

bjoelle

Date

January 19, 2015

Description

Many of these along with the much brighter orange variety. I'm a total rookie here but next time I know I'll bring a field guide to ID some of the great critters I spied amongst the rocks.

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California Mussel Mytilus californianus

Observer

bjoelle

Date

January 19, 2015

Description

At low tide, today it was about 3:30pm, large mussel beds were uncovered. Some were well-established with huge individuals anchored onto rock and bits of old shells from those that came before. I was particularly fascinated by the troops of small unknown crabs that lives underneath the mussel shells as a nice protection from the elements and predators.

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Vesicled Rockweeds Genus Fucus

Observer

bjoelle

Date

January 19, 2015

Description

Next time I'll take photos and be more careful in my observations to take better notes here but I noticed that, normally when I nibble rockweed right from the rocks in June/July, the flavor is significantly richer than what it was today. I found the salt and crunch were diminished and even the appearance of the rockweeds were more dull - I don't know why but I'll start to find out as I observe more closely.

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Sea Lettuces Genus Ulva

Observer

bjoelle

Date

January 19, 2015

Description

I need to lookup the species but it seems the sea lettuce and fucus were most prolific here during this winter season. I'd like to keep an eye on this as well.

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konbu Saccharina japonica

Observer

bjoelle

Date

January 19, 2015

Description

Many were there but awfully tattered. I wanted to mark this for the date and start watching what happens here as we approach spring.

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Nori Genus Porphyra

Observer

bjoelle

Date

January 19, 2015

Description

Very small quantity; nori was in its baby stages, no bigger than my thumb in many cases. Normally at this beach I see huge amounts but it's the season.

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hopkin's rose Okenia rosacea

Observer

bjoelle

Date

January 19, 2015

Description

Saw five of these little guys in the pools at low tide. Four submerged, one up on an exposed rock all in the mid-tidal zone. Those in the water were all puffed up and moving. The one on the exposed rock was smooshed down, flat looking and immobile.

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kueda

Date

January 18, 2015 01:29 PM PST

Description

Two shells found under a Monterey cypress. I suspect they might be H. stiversiana, but H. arrosa is also a possibility. At least according to Pilsbry it sounds like H. stiversiana is just smaller, thinner, and more yellow than H. arrosa, which all seem like pretty subjective traits. It seems to have a much higher spire than http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1130110, for what that's worth.

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checker lily Fritillaria affinis var. affinis

Observer

abr

Date

February 20, 2011 02:15 PM PST

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kueda

Date

January 18, 2015 01:40 PM PST

Description

One of several found under cypress.

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variable wrinkle-lichen Tuckermannopsis orbata

Observer

kueda

Date

January 18, 2015 01:15 PM PST

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Tube Lichens Genus Hypogymnia

Observer

kueda

Date

January 18, 2015 01:16 PM PST

Description

Black medullary ceiling. On Monterey cypress

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Lace Lichen Ramalina menziesii

Observer

kueda

Date

January 18, 2015 01:14 PM PST
Other Animals

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Common Land Snails and Slugs Kingdom Animalia

Observer

deepredwater

Date

January 17, 2015 10:48 AM PST

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Observer

direbecca

Date

November 24, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

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abr

Date

November 22, 2009 11:31 AM PST

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Coccora Amanita calyptroderma

Observer

abr

Date

November 21, 2009 02:56 PM PST

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

Observer

rickr

Date

December 28, 2014 01:30 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Diogenes' lantern Calochortus amabilis

Observer

abr

Date

April 28, 2012 07:10 PM PDT

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Pelt Lichens Genus Peltigera

Observer

abr

Date

November 27, 2014 01:01 PM PST

Description

Perhaps P. rufescens?

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Elfin Saddles Genus Helvella

Observer

abr

Date

November 27, 2014 01:01 PM PST

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Xerocomellus chrysenteron Boletus chrysenteron

Observer

abr

Date

November 27, 2014 01:01 PM PST

Description

Guessing this species rather than X.(B.) truncatus due to pink near rim of cap.

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abr

Date

November 27, 2014 10:45 AM PST

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Lion's Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus

Observer

abr

Date

November 27, 2014 10:45 AM PST

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Western wild ginger Asarum caudatum

Observer

gitane

Date

December 24, 2014 12:52 PM PST

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Observer

darlenelamont

Date

December 1, 2014

Description

This might be a pink and grey larval aggregation of some sort. They might be beetle larvae or thrips with some being adults (like tiny fuzzy sow bugs), and some juveniles (very tiny pink ovals). They were found in the middle of a trail in a stream of rain water.

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Observer

darlenelamont

Date

December 1, 2014

Description

Possibly some kind of Agaric mushroom. It has an unusual stripe around the edge of the whitish cap. It had brown gills, brown hairs on the lower section of its stem. It also has odd, clear "drops" at its base.

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darlenelamont

Date

December 1, 2014

Description

This is probably an old Bleeding Milk Cap (Lactarius rubrilacteus) staining green and soaked with rain. The gills have turned green on the top surface and are breaking up. When broken the edge still had some dark red coloration, but it had run out of latex.

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Beetle Order Coleoptera

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dutchbill

Date

November 21, 2014 02:57 PM PST

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Douglas iris Iris douglasiana

Observer

parobbert

Date

June 1, 2011