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Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

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fredwatson

Date

March 21, 2022 06:27 PM PDT

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screws

Date

November 23, 2013

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chloe_and_trevor

Date

November 26, 2020 10:42 AM PST

Description

Many under driftwood bark on the beach. https://bugguide.net/node/view/1261716

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Oil Beetles (Genus Meloe)

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gregmeyer

Date

April 18, 2021 11:21 AM PDT

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Manzanita Leafgall Aphid (Tamalia coweni)

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ipomopsis

Date

September 9, 2022 04:05 PM PDT

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Pinemat Manzanita (Arctostaphylos nevadensis)

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ipomopsis

Date

September 9, 2022 04:05 PM PDT

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Mountain Ball Cactus (Pediocactus simpsonii)

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michellemsmith

Date

May 18, 2016 03:06 PM EDT

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Brittle Pricklypear (Opuntia fragilis)

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shei1ad

Date

June 1, 2009 11:00 PM MST

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chilipossum

Date

August 27, 2022 03:08 PM PDT

Description

Seems to have been parasitizing Rabdophaga salicisbatatus

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Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

September 6, 2022 06:13 PM PDT

Description

Tight schools of small fish, with forked tails approximately 3 - 5 inches long, swimming haphazardly under Fishermans wharf in Victoria.

The Pacific herring, Clupea pallasii, is a species of the herring family associated with the Pacific Ocean environment of North America and northeast Asia. It is a silvery fish with unspined fins and a deeply forked caudal fin. The distribution is widely along the California coast from Baja California north to Alaska and the Bering Sea; in Asia the distribution is south to Japan. Clupea pallasii is considered a keystone species because of its very high... (Source: Wikipedia

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Truckee Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus humilis)

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jnelson

Date

August 5, 2018 04:28 PM PDT

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Wedge-snouted Skink (Chalcides sepsoides)

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yaelorgad

Date

August 30, 2013 10:15 PM IDT

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Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Observer

danithedeer

Date

July 3, 2022 06:09 AM PDT

Description

Doe with a single fawn

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Monterey Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus ssp. vandenburgii)

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joemiller

Date

May 12, 2022 01:16 PM PDT

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Mariposa Lilies (Genus Calochortus)

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bbell

Date

May 20, 2019 06:49 PM PDT

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Hunt's Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii)

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singram

Date

June 22, 2020 01:46 PM PDT

Description

On Ribes cereum at Visitor Center at Schulman Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, CA

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yaelorgad

Date

April 19, 2022 01:25 PM IDT

Place

Golan, IL (Google, OSM)

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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

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lonnyholmes

Date

April 17, 2022 08:23 AM PDT

Description

Hunting along the waterline.

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Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

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cheonggaegori

Date

July 13, 2021 11:14 AM PDT

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Turpentine Broom (Thamnosma montana)

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delbosque

Date

March 13, 2021 01:58 PM UTC

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Mount Atlas Mastic Tree (Pistacia atlantica)

Observer

eyalkorin

Date

November 2, 2007 09:55 AM IST

Description

Probably the most ancient pistacia atlantica in the Negev desert, Israel.

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Trilobites (Class Trilobita)

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astrobirder

Date

April 2022

Description

!!!

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erinrosita

Date

April 17, 2020 02:36 PM PDT

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California Orbweaver (Araneus montereyensis)

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alice_abela

Date

March 13, 2022 02:08 PM PDT

Description

Laguna Mountain area, San Benito County, California

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Saltbushes (Genus Atriplex)

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matt_g

Date

March 22, 2022 08:39 AM PDT

Description

Keil's new species

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Chaparral Gilia (Gilia angelensis)

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jrebman

Date

March 21, 2022 04:15 PM PDT

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Turpentine Broom (Thamnosma montana)

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dgrimmphd

Date

March 21, 2022 01:15 PM PDT

Description

Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California

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Narrowleaf Queen Poppy (Hesperomecon linearis)

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gene70

Date

March 20, 2022 12:53 PM PDT

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Green-flower Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus viridiflorus ssp. viridiflorus)

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onomadi

Date

August 5, 2021 01:36 PM MDT

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Rocky Mountain Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus ssp. hemionus)

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danithedeer

Date

March 19, 2022 07:53 AM PDT

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Fiesta Flower (Pholistoma auritum)

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yerbasanta

Date

April 2, 2019 10:42 AM PDT

Description

White flowered variety surrounded by purple flowered specimens

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Long-tailed Weasel (Neogale frenata)

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iwoodard

Date

March 17, 2022 09:17 AM PDT

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Foothill Desert-Parsley (Lomatium utriculatum)

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fredwatson

Date

March 15, 2022 06:33 PM PDT

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alice_abela

Date

February 2022

Description

Santa Barbara County, California.

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Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

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buzzworm

Date

March 11, 2022 11:40 AM PST

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Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

March 8, 2022 09:21 AM MST

Description

I’ve had the privilege of petting three whales in the past two days. . . a truly magical and spiritual experience! A highlight today was petting/scratching the jaw of a baby gray whale. It had white whiskers and no visible barnacles, as do the adults. The skin feels velvety smooth where there are no barnacles. Yesterday I was leaning over the boat railing looking down and the whale came up sideways and looked me in the eye with his/her eye. Magical! Spiritual!

The Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding grounds in the Artic and breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California, yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 meters (49 ft), a weight of 36 tons, and lives between 55 and 70 years. The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin.

The hunting and slaughter of the Grey Whale was banned along the Eastern Pacific coast in 1946. Populations have rebounded. It’s amazing that they trust human beings enough to approach our small boats and allow themselves to be touched. Like other large whales, the Grey Whale has been a target for the whaling industry. Humans once hunted the species to the brink of extinction; its population fell drastically by the 1960s. Japan and some indigenous groups continue to hunt several species of whale, despite the 1982 ban on whaling by the International Whaling Commission. Many countries have realized that whale watching/tourism is more profitable. While numbers have partially recovered, limited hunting, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution continue to affect the species.

(On a future trip) we had an excellent presentation by the founder of the MER Society, (Marine Education and Research Society) based in Port McNeil, BC. The group is dedicated to marine conservation through scientific research, education, and marine wildlife rescue. To see some of their activities and projects, see https://www.mersociety.org/ or https://www.mersociety.org/humpback

Cetaceans (Infraorder Cetacea) (/sɪˈteɪʃə/; from Latin cetus 'whale', from Ancient Greek κῆτος (kêtos) 'huge fish, sea monster') is an infraorder of aquatic mammals that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Key characteristics are their fully aquatic lifestyle, streamlined body shape, often large size and exclusively carnivorous diet. They propel themselves through the water with powerful up-and-down movement of their tail which ends in a paddle-like fluke, using their flipper-shaped forelimbs to maneuver.

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Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis ssp. nelsoni)

Observer

lonnyholmes

Date

March 2022

Description

Ewe and two lambs, the one of the left is the youngest.

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Santa Catalina Popcornflower (Plagiobothrys canescens var. catalinensis)

Observer

sapienshane

Date

March 3, 2022 02:06 PM PST

Description

Basal midvein and margins reddish

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Darkling Beetles and Allies (Superfamily Tenebrionoidea)

Observer

bbell

Date

February 22, 2022 01:37 PM PST
Plants

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Plants (Kingdom Plantae)

Observer

airalcorn2

Date

June 15, 2018 04:26 PM CDT

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Yadon's Rein Orchid (Platanthera yadonii)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

December 2021

Description

"Piperia" is a former Genus name within the orchid family Orchidaceae that has since been renamed "Platanthera" on I-Naturalist. Jepson eFlora, and all the other references listed below, still list the Genus as "Piperia"

The first annual Yadon's Rein-orchid leaves have emerged from underground tubers. I stopped counting after 100+ plants! This small Monterey Pine forest area is protected by a wooden fence enclosure between Monterey Pines RV Park and the golf course. The orchids are easily seen from outside the fence. Green basal leaves appear early Jan-Feb. Stalks, then small white flowers will appear in a few months. Peak bloom time: June-July.

Yadon's Rein-orchid. A federally endangered Callifornia native/endemic orchid that grows in two threatened plant communities--the Monterey Pine Forest and in Maritime Chaparral between north Monterey County and Palo Colorado Canyon on the Big Sur coast.

Yadon's Rein-orchid is a tall (6-8 inches), slender, "pencil-thin" plant with congested white flowers. It is similar to Elegant Rein-orchid (Piperia elegans) but it differs in its diminutive white-rimmed, green lateral petals, and the short spur, which is much shorter than those of other Rein-orchids. One unique feature of this Rein-orchid is the way the upper petals generally curve inwards like a horseshoe.

Plants of Monterey County: an Illustrated Field Key, 2nd ed., Matthews and Mitchell, pp. 330-331.

Monterey Pine Forest: Coastal California's Living Legacy, 2nd. ed., 2018, pp. 60, 64, 79.

Flora of Fort Ord: Monterey County, California, David Styer, 2019, p.227.

Jepson eFlora https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=38361

Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell, p. 243.

Monterey County Wildflowers https://montereywildflowers.com/orchidaceae-piperia/

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Observer

merav

Date

December 27, 2021 11:05 AM PST

Description

Clasping leaf gall midge - Russo 2021 pg. 256
on Creosote Bush

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Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

December 30, 2021 10:03 AM PST

Description

Young stage: Columnar cap almost completely covers the stipe to the ground. Covered in white and brown scales. Growing in grassy previously mowed area. Edible and tasty but must be cooked quickly before the caps turn to ink.
Mature stage: Liquefying gills distinguish this species. The cap just shrivels up leaving a black inky rim. Great photo of the different stages in:

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California, N. Siegel and C. Schwarz, 2016, p. 92-93.

https://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Coprinus_comatus.html

Link to young stage observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104009596

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Bishop Manzanita (Arctostaphylos obispoensis)

Observer

kvandevere

Date

April 2019

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Bluewitch Nightshade (Solanum umbelliferum)

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alvarosj

Date

May 2, 2021 04:21 PM PDT

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Crowned Pixie-Cup (Cladonia carneola)

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jennyheron

Date

June 30, 2018 02:21 PM HST

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Bubble-gall Tephritid (Aciurina trixa)

Observer

tobiashays

Date

March 14, 2021 03:31 PM MDT

Description

Four adults were reared from Ericameria stem galls that were collected on 14 March 2021. A pupa emerged and fell to the bottom of the rearing container on 22 March 2021 and the imago emerged on 20 April 2021. The other three adults emerged in the same approximate time period on 10-13 April 202.

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Beavertail Pricklypear (Opuntia basilaris)

Observer

calvatron

Date

December 3, 2021 04:50 PM PST

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Columbian Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus ssp. columbianus)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

December 18, 2021 12:20 PM PST

Description

I was photographing a large Redberry Buckthorn shrub when I heard a thump, thump, thumping coming down the hill towards me. I look around the shrub and it's a large buck. He was as surprised to to see me as I him!

Columbian Black-tailed Deer is a subspecies of Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus). They have sometimes been treated as a species, but virtually all recent authorities maintain they are subspecies, commonly seen on the Monterey Peninsula.

O. h. columbianus has a fully black outer tail.
Bucks have antlers, which they shed, does do not have antlers. Shed antlers can be found when you get off the beaten track.

Link to Shed Antler observation--same location, different individual: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/103288192

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Big Berry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)

Observer

morganstickrod

Date

April 28, 2021 04:22 PM PDT

Description

Santa Barbara Co. form with glandular hairs

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Juniper Tip Midge (Oligotrophus betheli)

Observer

nancyasquith

Date

June 13, 2021 12:21 PM PDT

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Juniper Tip Midge (Oligotrophus betheli)

Observer

sapienshane

Date

August 2, 2021 08:29 AM PDT

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Israeli Caralluma (Apteranthes europaea var. judaica)

Observer

yaelorgad

Date

November 2021

Place

Israel (Google, OSM)

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American Beaver (Castor canadensis)

Observer

cappworks

Date

March 2020

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Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica)

Observer

deanwalton

Date

October 18, 2020 11:10 AM PDT

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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

November 27, 2018 10:36 AM PST

Description

We counted 30+ young alligators. Mother was 5’ away. Alligator eggs are laid in a nest of vegetation, sticks, leaves, and mud in a sheltered spot in or near the water. Young are born with yellow bands around their bodies and are protected by their mother for up to one year.

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Willow Rosette Gall Midge (Rabdophaga salicisbrassicoides)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

September 2, 2021 10:39 AM PDT

Description

Less than 1 cm wide tight rosette-shaped gall on Arroyo Willow stem.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/california-plants-with-mystery-galls/journal/39523-california-galls-a-host-plant-list-with-links#summary By N.Asquith.
working notes:
Salix—Willow
--Willow Bead Gall Mite (Aculus tetanothrix)
--Willow Apple Gall Sawfly (Pontania californica) Leaf gall--one of many bright red roundish sawfly galls on willow. Look for tiny "tubercules" interrupting the smooth surface.
--Willow Bean Gall Sawfly (Pontania proxima) Bean shaped, bright red leaf gall
--Aculops aenigma Believed to cause catkin and bud galls [3 obs E of Sierras & SF East Bay]
--Willow Pinecone Gall Midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides) Pine cone shaped apical bud gall
--Willow Rosette Gall Midge (Rabdophaga salicisbrassicoides) There are several rosette galls on willow, and the taxonomy appears to be very confused.**
--Willow Beaked-gall Midge (Rabdophaga rigidae) See BugGuide 1 & 2& Joyce Gross's photos.
-- Potato Gall Midge (Rabdophaga salicisbatatus) large [up to 2cmx4cm] integral stem gall
--Euura sp. Willow sawfly galls that are truly on the petiole rather than at the leaf base are the work of Euura sawflies, according to S.K. Monckton, an iNat curator who studies sawfly systematics. For the present, leaf base galls can be attributed to Pontania sp. [FYI, the petiole is the stalk that attaches the leaf blade to a twig]
--Phyllocolpa sawflies roll or fold the edges of willow leaves, sometimes forming galls or pseudogalls. See BugGuide webpage.

Salix laevigata, amygdaloides, hookeriana, matsudana, & nigra--Willow: Western Red Willow [Gall] Mite (Aculus laevigatae) Beadlike leaf galls with lower surface openings. See megachile's comment here
Salix lasiolepis--Arroyo Willow: Arroyo Willow Stem Sawfly (Euura lasiolepis) stem gall

Salix exigua--Narrowleaf Willow: Willow Stem Sawfly (Euura exiguae)

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Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi)

Observer

ipomopsis

Description

I have never seen Jeffrey pine grow together so well before. The poorer quality images is because of the lighting. The cone is closed up because it rained the night before and water shrinks cones down.

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Alkali Plagiobothrys (Plagiobothrys leptocladus)

Observer

jrebman

Date

April 20, 2017 10:35 AM HST

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Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus)

Observer

jmaughn

Date

September 6, 2021 12:56 PM PDT

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California Barberry (Berberis pinnata)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

August 5, 2021 01:38 PM PDT

Description

A Native shrub with shiny green leaves that resembles holly but is less prickly. Clusters of small yellow flowers. Peak bloom time: Feb-March.

Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell, p. 331.

Plants of Monterey County: an Illustrated Field Key, 2nd edition, Matthews and Mitchell, 2015, p. 87.

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Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Observer

fredwatson

Date

July 30, 2021 02:32 PM PDT

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ronf

Date

July 22, 2021 08:26 AM IDT

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Ocellated Humboldt Lily (Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum)

Observer

jaesparza11

Date

June 2021

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Pinnate-leaved Navarretia (Navarretia linearifolia ssp. pinnatisecta)

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dgreenberger

Date

May 2021

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Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

manuelnevarez

Date

May 27, 2021 03:27 PM PDT

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Horsehair Worms (Phylum Nematomorpha)

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merav

Date

May 24, 2021 06:05 PM PDT

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Common Pill Woodlouse (Armadillidium vulgare)

Observer

merav

Date

May 24, 2021 06:05 PM PDT

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Date

July 7, 2019 10:22 AM PDT

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jondetka

Date

May 17, 2021 08:59 AM PDT

Description

Leaf spots with conidial masses on Arctostaphylos pumila

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Creamcups (Platystemon californicus)

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matt_g

Date

May 14, 2021 03:59 PM PDT

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Sagebrush Cholla (Micropuntia pulchella)

Observer

tmessick

Date

May 7, 2021 09:26 AM PDT

Description

Desert Mountains south of Fort Churchill, road from Hwy 95A to Churchill (site), Lyon County, Nevada, elev. 4280 ft.

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California Desertdandelion (Malacothrix californica)

Observer

morganstickrod

Date

April 27, 2021 12:42 PM PDT

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What

Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)

Observer

hkibak

Date

April 2, 2021 06:25 PM HST

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Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Observer

hkibak

Date

April 2, 2021 06:43 PM PDT

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What

Beach Naupaka (Scaevola taccada)

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jrebman

Date

March 30, 2021 09:09 AM HST

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Turpentine Broom (Thamnosma montana)

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delbosque

Date

March 20, 2021 02:52 PM PDT

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What

Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (Rana boylii)

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morganstickrod

Date

March 2021

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What

Columbia Plateau Cactus (Pediocactus nigrispinus)

Observer

erikandere

Date

March 28, 2020 03:26 PM PDT

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Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

david99

Date

March 2, 2021 03:00 PM HST

Description

An odd fasciated(?) branch

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What

Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

finatic

Date

February 20, 2021 04:02 PM PST

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What

Striped Green Sea Anemone (Diadumene lineata)

Observer

merav

Date

February 18, 2021 04:00 PM PST

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What

Emarginate Dogwinkle (Nucella emarginata)

Observer

sbbon26

Date

February 8, 2021 05:28 PM HST

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What

Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

swbirder

Date

January 24, 2021 10:40 AM PST

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What

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Observer

allisonjgong

Date

December 11, 2020 12:37 PM PST

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What

Búho Chico (Asio otus)

Observer

hectordanielp

Date

November 30, 2020 04:20 PM HST

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What

Orca (Orcinus orca)

Observer

marenmei

Date

March 17, 2018 10:24 PM -03

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What

Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina)

Observer

atello

Date

July 5, 2020 01:00 PM MDT

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What

Everlasting Tebenna Moth (Tebenna gnaphaliella)

Observer

hkibak

Date

May 17, 2020 11:15 AM HST

Description

This moth (jumping spider mimic) was on Pseudognaphalium. I was fooled at first because my eyes aren't great and the moth was twitching and moving actively around like a jumping spider as though it's rear was the head!

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What

Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

bariel

Date

October 28, 2020 12:13 PM PDT

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Observer

underwaterpat

Date

October 7, 2020 06:05 PM PDT

Description

Ribbon worm eating a bay goby

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What

Desert Pancratium (Pancratium sickenbergeri)

Observer

yaelorgad

Date

December 29, 2012 01:04 PM IST

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Red Sea Urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus)

Observer

hkibak

Date

August 17, 2020 11:47 AM HST

Description

Two species in one photo. The albino, black, and red morphs of M. franciscanus can be found at this location.

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Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha)

Observer

mbergross

Date

May 29, 2020 02:27 PM PDT

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Cockscomb Nudibranch (Antiopella barbarensis)

Observer

underwaterpat

Date

May 20, 2020 06:48 PM PDT

Description

About 1cm on Bugula bryozoans. Saw many in the same spot of various sizes

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Observer

hkibak

Date

May 19, 2020 09:14 AM PDT

Description

On Salvia mellifera flower

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What

Columbia Plateau Cactus (Pediocactus nigrispinus)

Observer

galash

Date

April 24, 2020 03:09 PM PDT

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What

Bushrue (Cneoridium dumosum)

Observer

bonnienickel

Date

April 27, 2020 11:08 AM PDT