While hiking on the North side of Mount Tamalpais, just off the Fairfax-Bolinas Road, we climbed to a spot called Serpentine Knoll. The plants on this section of the trail were dramatically different from all that had come on the trail leading up to it, so it sent me scurrying to Introduction to California [more...]
While planning a trip to the Lost Coast, I’ve been depending heavily on the California Coastal Commission guides to the coast (more on that in a future post).
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times posted a very amusing and informative review of the Southern California guide. It’s worth a read, especially for locals. My favorite quote: [more...]
Don’t miss Peter Asmus at the Point Reyes National Seashore Bookstore talking about his book: Introduction to Energy in California. He’ll be speaking at 12:30 p.m.
Peter Asmus, President of Pathfinder Communications, is a journalist, consultant, and author of Reaping the Wind: How Mechanical Wizards and Profiteers Helped Shape Our Energy Future, among other books.
For a [more...]
Planning a hike this weekend? The following resources can help you identify and learn more about the flora you might see on the trail.
For Beginning and Intermediate Naturalists
If you want to do some reading before your hike, we recommend Introduction to California Plant Life by Robert Ornduff, Phyllis M. Faber, and Todd Keeler-Wolf [more...]
The Commonwealth Club will be hosting a provocative discussion between the CEO of Chevron and the Executive Direct of The Sierra Club tonight. In Chevron + Sierra Club Drilling for Common Ground, Alan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal will moderate a conversation between Dave O’Reilly of Chevron and Carl Pope of [more...]
We caught an interesting story this morning on the California Report about how farmers are adapting to drought conditions. Turns out water-stressed plants make delicious apples.
Another piece on NPR’s Morning Edition mentioned a group in Oakland, the Greywater Guerillas. Due to years of drought there’s a movement afoot in government to make it easier to [more...]
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego launches its summer evening lecture series TONIGHT with a lecture on undersea robots. Jules Jaffe, Scripps research oceanographer will speak on his “latest scheme” to use “inexpensive, miniaturized robotic floats that travel with currents, sense the environment, and report their findings back to us.” His [more...]
Although the UC campuses tend to get a bit quieter during the summer months, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden has a number of events coming up that should be of interest—and not just to those who already have a garden full of native plants.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Sunset Stroll
“Come enjoy [more...]