Calochortus, The Coolest Lilies of California?

Callahan’s Mariposa Lily standing nice and tall! This blog meant to go up last week (woops) and I intended it to be slightly shorter, and well that failed. Well now it’s a bit later and I’m still obsessed with Mariposa Lilies, the topic of this week’s blog post.  I started focusing on botany more intensely about two years ago, and only observed four species of the Genus Calochortus until this year. This year alone, from…

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A Desperately Needed Vacation

So, how’s everyone doing out there? Frustrated? Exhausted? Burnt out? Yeah. Me too. I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m so tired – usually after I realize I’ve been staring into the middle distance for an unknown number of minutes while my brain was temporarily out of service. Then I realized that it’s been a really, really busy 18 months over here:  I launched The Boreal Forest.  I planned two book tours – the…

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A Clownfish Comic

 by Raymond NakamuraFinding Nemo maybe an entertaining animated movie about clownfish, but it is not exactly a nature documentary. A recent bit of science news  about clownfish stripes inspired me to make a little comic about them.Unlike the movie, juvenile clownfish do not start out with all their stripes (or bars). They don’t even live with a parent. But they do live among sea anemones, which normally sting and eat other types of fish. Some species of…

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The Hawaiian Monk Seal – June 2021

Let’s give a big Aloha to our new “whale” of the month, the Hawaiian Monk Seal!  In this post, we will dive into their subtropical home and explore these endangered creatures. Foraging through paradise. Photos credit: Doug Perrine What in the Monk? The monk seal gets its common name from the thick fold of skin around its neck, which resembles a monk’s hood. In addition, the seal lives a solitary lifestyle! This differs significantly from…

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