Happy Native Plant Week

I hope everyone reading this takes a moment to enjoy some plants native to their home, because it’s California Native Plant Week! Yes, be aware of lots of geeks (like myself) walking around your favorite park and staring at a single plant (usually its very small) with a small hand lens and a thick dictionary-like book nearby.

These are the plants that define place to me. The tall trees, or short grasses, or mucky wallows or vast seas of chaparral. All these places are unique because of the evolutionary and ecological processes that have culminated in the vegetation you see. I’m in love with our hills, or rivers, mountains and drylands all. These landscapes are ALL filled with amazing stories of survival, adaptation, and luck…

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Cirsium fontinale v. fontinale – the rare Mount Hamilton thistle

Here’s a list of very cool events (introvert alert)!  You will learn so much – please do try a field trip out.

Also, I’m working on a native grass photography workshop – yes – this will be very directed towards grassy plant nerds with cameras. More to come…

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Rabbitbrush in full bloom in the Tehachapi mountains

Humans Required Slideshow for the Bay Area Open Space Council

I’m excited to be offering 13 slides from the Conservation:Humans Required project that I’ve been working on over the years.  This set of slides is particularly exciting to present to the Bay Area conservation professionals who will be attending a sold out seasonal gathering by the Bay Area Open Space Council at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.  The BAOSC is a fantastic organization that makes great things happen in the conservation world.  Thanks to Annie and Ryan for this opportunity.

These slides come from the heart as I want to inspire a new wave of conservation minded humans who see knowledge and commitment as an answer to habitat degradation.  Many of these photos depict places I am attached to as an ecologist, hiker, photographer, or just a philosopher.  All scenes are less than 150 miles from home.  All scenes feel like home…

Here’s a one slide of the show.  It should be fun and I hope to make some strong connections with new friends.

 

Published in Bay Nature

If there’s a magazine in the Bay Area that seems to sing to my skill set and interests, it is Bay Nature.  Bay Nature is an organic journey into all things natural that shape our landscapes and inspire the people who live in them.  Everything from redwoods, to tiny rare annual plants to mushrooms to the people who help conserve the resources live in this regional magazine.  Its the whole ecosystem, the anthropocene at its finest.  (I just learned to embrace this word at the 1st ever Society for Conservation Biology Congress in Oakland at which I spoke on some of my ecological work in the Oakland Hills and beyond)

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