Locoweed

Locoweed at the Highlands Center Now that spring has officially arrived, enjoy the colorful displays of spring and summer wild flowers alongside the trails at the Highlands Center. One of the first to bloom is Milk Vetch, commonly called Locoweed. There are several...

Bewick’s Wren

Bewick’s Wren Are you hearing a thin, rising buzz followed by a slow trill with an overall descending pitch in your yard or while taking a forested walk? Look for a small, grayish brown bird creeping through the brush while poking it’s long, slender bill into bark...

Wandering Through The Forest

Wandering through the forest one day, my attention was drawn to a small ponderosa snag. I have always been attracted to dead trees. They seem to possess a certain resilience that demands admiration. As I moved closer to get a better view, I began to reflect on the...

Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks are widely dispersed in North America. These small stiff-tailed ducks appear in large numbers on our lakes in the fall. Most have headed for more northern breeding territories by the end of March. Look for them in tight flocks diving for their food. In...

Earthworms Improve Our Soils

Earthworms improve our soils!  Interesting and useful soil-inhabiting creatures, earthworms, Latin name Lunbricus terrestris, are common in our soils and when you see them in nature or in your garden you know something beneficial is happening. Worms serve many...