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Category Archive for 'Sightings'

Six New BFS Insects

We’ve recently added six new insect taxa to our BFS Invertebrate List – two bee flies, a shore fly, a butterfly, a cuckoo bee, and a wasp. Thanks to the folks who helped observe, photograph, and identify these insects, including Jonathan Wright, Hartmut Wisch, John Ascher, Joel Kits, Martin, Wayne Mathis, and the folks at […]

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Since our last update we’ve added fifteen new taxa to the BFS invertebrate list, including 1 katydid, 2 bugs, 2 beetles, 3 flies, 1 butterfly, 5 bees, and 1 wasp. As always, many thanks to everyone who’s helped observe, photograph, collect, and identify these inverts, including Ben Stapp, Jonathan Wright, Hartmut Wisch, John Ascher, David […]

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BFS Mammal list updated

The BFS Mammal List has been recently updated. In the last year, in addition to confirming that we still have the Western Harvest Mouse, we’ve added five new species to at the list – all bats: Tadarida brasiliensis (Mexican Free-tailed Bat) Eptesicus fuscus (Big Brown Bat) Lasionycteris noctivagans (Silver-haired Bat) Lasiurus cinereus (Hoary Bat) Myotis […]

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For a Few Thistles More

Although the BFS volunteers collected fistfuls of thistles last week, they didn’t quite get all the ones by the toad pond and southeast corner of the wake, so they went back this past Saturday for a few thistles more. We also collected some Italian Thistles that were in the vicinity. When we thought we had […]

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BFS Invert list updated

We’ve recently updated the BFS invertebrate list, and I’m afraid that our blog posts have not kept pace with our new invert finds. Altogether since our last invert blog update, we’ve added an additional 57 taxa, including 3 spiders, 1 silverfish, 1 dragonfly, 2 grasshoppers, 6 bugs, 10 beetles, 10 flies, 5 moths, 3 butterflies, […]

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The bride wore orange

Recently at the BFS I spotted a female Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana elegans) with a bright orange throat. “What’s up with that?” I asked, and the answer revealed a fascinating story of color polymorphisms and evolution of reproductive strategies in the Side-blotched Lizard. The bright orange on this lizard is a “nuptial color”, that is, […]

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BFS plant list updated

We have just finished a major update to the BFS Plant List. Nomenclature has been updated to conform to The Jepson Manual, 2nd ed., CalPhotos links will now bring up photos of both the old and new names, links to herbarium specimen data have been updated, and BFS photo links now point to the BFS […]

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A beautiful day for volunteering

“The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not. —Robert Green Ingersoll Nine BFS volunteer benefactors devoted part of a beautiful April day to destroying weeds, thistle, and thorns at the BFS this past Saturday. Once again our primary targets were Italian Thistles (Carduus pycnocephalus). Plants that were […]

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Two new BFS plants

Two new plants have recently been discovered at the BFS. Many thanks to Leroy Gross and Erika Gardner of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for identifying the plants and making voucher specimens. Gilia angelensis A patch of Gilia angelensis (Chaparral Gilia) is flowering in a grassy area along the path by the Foothill Blvd […]

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Update: On March 11, the valiant BFS Volunteers removed every known Sahara Mustard plant on the BFS. Way to go, Volunteers! The very nasty Sahara Mustard (Brassica tournefortii) has just appeared at the BFS in two small infestations along Foothill Blvd. near the BFS entrance and the near College Avenue. The Sahara Mustard, a native […]

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