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We’ve recently updated the BFS Plant List. Here are the changes: NEW ADDITIONS: Eleven new plants have been added to the list – five natives, four non-natives, and two California native that appear to have been planted – it seems that someone has been seeding the parkway with wildflowers! They new additions are: • Sunflower […]

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With threats of rain, fire, and West Nile virus all abated, we took advantage of the fine warm weather to resume cattail management at pHake Lake on November 8. Volunteers worked on the south shore of the lake – a favorite spot for classes and researchers to observe wildlife at the lake and collect lake […]

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Twelve new plants have been added to the BFS plant list. Eight of them were spotted in the area that burned in the Foothill Fire (September 11, 2013); six of these eight had not been seen at the BFS previously (the other two had been seen but not previously identified). The other four additions come […]

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Racing Pigeon visits the BFS

Although Band-Tailed Pigeons (Patagioenas fasciata) are comman at the BFS, the familiar Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), which prefers a more urban environment, is only seen sporadically. So when one recently stopped to take a drink at the south shore of pHake Lake, I took the opportunity to photograph it for our photo database. It was […]

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Insect update

We’ve recently added nine new insects to our BFS invertebrate list – one bug, three flies, two moths, one butterfly, and two bees. Here they are: Bug: A rough stinkbug – Brochymena sp. (Hemiptera:Pentatomidae) Rough stinkbugs, Brochymena sp. occur throughout North America. Rough Stink Bugs are often found on trees, where they are very well-camouflaged […]

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Italian Thistles redux

Spring at the BFS means that our volunteers return to managing invasive annual weeds, and this past Saturday, the volunteers removed Italian Thistles (Carduus pycnocephalus) from the entry drive and the east side of the ‘Neck’. The thistles are still in their rosette stage, but they have grown large enough to spot easily. The area […]

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Sneaky Sahara Mustard

Last year we spotted the very nasty Sahara Mustard (Brassica tournefortii) in the Foothill Blvd parkway at the BFS. We have been keeping our eyes out for any that might spring up this year, but we almost overlooked them. Instead of being large plants with a typical open bushy appearance, this year’s Sahara Mustard plants […]

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Ho, ho, the mistletoe!

Ho, ho, the mistletoe hung where you can see… Songs about mistletoe wafting through stores during the holiday shopping season got me wondering about mistletoe at the BFS. This time of year, when the leaves are off the Western Sycamores, you can certainly see that many of the trees are hung with mistletoe. But aside […]

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A new plant invader has been spotted at the BFS – Melia azedarach. This tree is commonly known as Chinaberry, but also has many other common names, including Texas Umbrella Tree, Persian Lilac, White Cedar, Bead-Tree, Cape lilac, Ceylon Cedar, and Pride of India. Several sprouting clumps of M. azedarach growing in the Foothill Blvd […]

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“South Beach” revealed!

This past Saturday, a group of hardy volunteers turned out on a cool, misty day to complete the cattail clearing at pHake Lake. Our main target for the day was “south beach”, a supposedly open area on the south shore of the lake used by many classes. So everyone was in the water or in […]

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