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Identify Creatures, Trees, Terrain


Resources to identify and understand High Sierra Web of Life and the physical and biological boxes it comes in. Post your cool images of Sierra Nevada rocks, bugs, features, plants, animals, trees.

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High Sierra Plant and Animal Identification Guides

 Quick Reference 
High Sierra Bird Guides

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Plant News: Oh-Oh, Plant Respiration Produces 30% More CO2 than Thought

 

 

Plant News

Oh-Oh

Plant Respiration Produces 30% More CO2 than Thought

Carbon emissions by plant respiration will have large impact on climate,
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, November 17, 2017.

"The study shows, carbon release by plant respiration may be around 30 percent higher than previously predicted."

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Purple and White High Sierra Wildflower: Williamson's Clarkia

Purple and White High Sierra Wildflower:
Williamson's Clarkia 
Williamson's Clarkia, a Purple and White High Sierra Wildflower.

June 30, 2013

5400 feet.

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HIGH SIERRA FLOWER IDENTIFICATION

HIGH SIERRA FLOWER IDENTIFICATION

Quick Picture References.

My favorite, by far, is BIRDMOM,

Who's High Sierra Wildflower identification guide kicks my efforts off the cliff!

Birdmom Flower Index 

Note the colored flowers across the top of the Index and each page.
Click the color of the flower you want to identify, or check the list of flower names in the index.

Birdmom Red Flowers

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Orange-Yellow Fungus Tilden Canyon Yosemite

Fungus, burnt-orange to yellow in Tilden Canyon near Tilden Canyon Creek  along combined TYT-PCT across North Yosemite Backcountry.

Burnt orange to yellow fungus in North Yosemite's Tilden Canyon.

Very dry and hot conditions.

Map Location

Tilden Canyon Creek Map

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Can you name this famous Southern Sierra Lake?

Hint: This lake sits at the Southern end of the John Muir Trail.

 Name It!

Next hint: This lake plays all my sierra favorites.

Final Hint:  Without this lake's namesake, Purple Haze and Ramble On would have been a whole lot different...

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Jumping Spider at 10,000 feet, Big Sam in the Emigrant Wilderness, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Heading up the Northern Flank of Big Sam I came upon this unusual looking Spider.

Jumping Spider on Big Sam, High Emigrant Wilderness

Note the granite coloring that matches the granitic environment, the beautiful pattern on its back, and who can miss the massive head. Thanks to Professor John Hafernik, San Francisco State University, for the identification.

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