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March of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index sticky icon

 

Updated
March 20, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
March
, 2019

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

The vast majority of our reporting on Nature comes from the American Association of Scientists summarizations of each day's bounty of the peer-reviewed research published by academic institutions and journals around the world.

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Safety First! First Aid Kit for High Sierra Backpackers sticky icon

Cayenne's
First Aid Kit for High Sierra Day Hikers & Backpackers

 Red Cross, international symbol of First Aid, wiki by Jon Harald Søby

Be Ready
High Sierra Day Hikers & Backpackers

Springing!
Spring has come to the eastern Sierras and time to spring clean the first aid kit. Alex has provided excellent information about his first aid kit in the gear list.

Day Use
I am an avid day hiker, so the contents of my bag are a bit different. I also have extensive medical training and access to prescription drugs, so I try to keep stuff to help out others on the trail. This is the time of year I pull the first aid kit from the depths of my day pack and inspect and refill the contents. My bag is not huge and contains all the things I need to survive the sun, rain, cold, bugs and injury/illness for a few days.

Injuries Encountered
The injuries that I have encountered on the trail are blisters, splinters, cuts and scrapes and the occasional laceration that needs stitches. The illness that I have encountered are mild cases of upset stomach, sunburn, bug bites, sore/strained muscles, heat exhaustion and high altitude sickness.

 

First Aid Gear:

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MARCH 6, 2019 PCT-JMT-TYT HIKER WARNING sticky icon

 

March 6

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

HIGH SIERRA SNOW STATUS

PCT-JMT-TYT-TWT Hikers Summer Condsiderations

A "Tropical" Winter
With this last storm, the third Tropical Transport Mechanisms since the beginning of Feburary 2019, (4th since the middle of January), the High Sierra Snowpack is right on the verge of equalling the massive snowpack of 2017. (averages)

High Siera Calendar

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Bear News and Research sticky icon

 

The repository of Bear news, research, and stories we come across.

I've written about my experiences with High Sierra Black Bear Behavior in the Trail and Camp Skills section of the Trail Guide. Remember, bears act differently in different locations, and can be quite unpredictable in most situations.

Most times we can figure out what they want, and that typically boils down to two things: Food, and/or to be "left alone." Bears have personalities and feelings, which make them almost as unpredictable as that most deadly of beasts, humans. Almost...

 

   Latest Update

 

 October 26, 2018

BEARS

How to Get Along with Bears

Conservationists predict bear/human conflict hot-spots

 

 

 

 July 10

 

Yosemite Bear Activity

Summer 2018

Yosemite Bear Facts, June 17 – June 30, 2018

 

 

 

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All BUGS, SPIDERS & Other Mountain INSECT NEWS sticky icon

The World of Insects and the Spiders that Eat Them

We've got worlds of wonder in the High Sierra looking in any direction. The ground and sky are full of vibrant insect communities. Some, like the mosquitoes, are winged devils. Others are winged delights. On the ground we find spiders trying to catch and eat them all.

This forum started out as the Spider Forum, but has been expanded to include the various insects we encounter that are not Bees, Butterflies, and Mosquitoes, which have their own dedicated pages.

Spiders
&
Other
High Sierra Insects

IDENTIFICATION

 

Greg Lasley
SPIDERS

 

Greg Lasley
INSECTS

 

Insect Societies

Spider Sites Index
arachnology.be


SpiderIdentification.org

American Arachnological Society

 

How Ticks Work

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HIGH SIERRA BIRD NEWS and IDENTIFICATION GUIDES sticky icon

High Sierra Plant and Animal Identification Guides

 Quick Reference 
High Sierra Bird Guides

EXCELLENT
INTERNET
IDENTIFICATION RESOURCES

BirdMom
Excellent observer of Sierra Nevada from her foothill perch. Flower identification by color. RIP Birdmom, the world is a little less kind and observant without you.
West Sierra Flank Birding List.

High Sierra Wildflowers, too!

 
 

Graeme Colmer's
Handy List of Images-Identifications of Sierra Birds

A Handy Thing

 

Greg Lasley
Nature Photography
Birds of North America

 

Birds,
Species List,
Yosemite
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National Park Service.

  

Standard Guides

Birdwatcher's Digest Bird ID Guide

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All News about High Sierra Trees and Plants sticky icon

All Tree News
Generally Covering the Plant World

 

 TREE & PLANT
NEWS

2015 through 2018

 2018

Next Year's Tree & Plant News
2019

 

All
High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

High Sierra Tree Identification Resources

Tree Forum

 


The Brethren

FERGUSON FIRE

Bottom: 2015

Last
Updated

2018

December 21

PLANTS, TREES, WEATHER, WATER, & FORESTS

Observing the Decline of the Doomed Forests in the Southwestern US

Southwest forest trees will grow much slower in the 21st century

 

 

 

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This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.

 

Next
2018 Water and Fish News

 

Below
June 2015
to
December 28, 2017

Last Updated
December 28, 2017:

 

Nestle Water Heist Update

State DWR & NPR Discover Theivery, Yawn, Don't Care, Will Issue Permit

 

 

 

December 24

The Great Water Ripoff Advances

SoCal will Grow at All Costs to Man & Nature

 

 

Symbolic of the Corporate Ripoff

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Bee News sticky icon

Bee News 

BEE WORRIED

Insect Identification

Latest All Bug News

 

BEE NEWS

THE BUZZ

Updated

2019

 

February 23

THE BUZZ

Biggest Bee, Thought Lost, Rediscovered

World's Biggest Bee Found in Indonesian Jungles

 

 

THE BUZZ

Dancing Bees: Are Humans Killing the Waggle Dance?

Honeybees' Waggle Dance no longer Useful in Some Cultivated Landscapes

 

 

 

February 10

 

THE BUZZ

Bee More Understanding

How bees Say Cool on Hot Summer Days

 

 

 

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BUTTERFLY NEWS sticky icon

Video embed: 
See video

Endless Butterflies Video

 

Identification
Art Shapiro High Sierra Butterfly Identification by Common Name

 

Trail Guide
High Sierra Butterfly Identification & Resources

 

Review
High Sierra Nevada All Living Things Forum

 

 

BUTTERFLY NEWS
 The whole web of life is being distorted by the  changing character of the seasons on and around the the vastness of the North Pacific Ocean.

 The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is a significant element in the complex relationship of the North Pacific Ocean weather patterns with the North American continent.

 The relationship between North Pacific weather patterns and the High Sierra is vitally important for the vast overlapping webs of social and natural life depending on bountiful and predictable weather patterns.
These predictable and bountiful resources no longer exist on their own, in Nature, nor in the context of the vast populations to overwhelm Nature that we have spawned.

We have overwhelmed Nature and its resources fundamentally and on its face..

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High Sierra Nevada Backpacker and Hiker Geology Sources, Information, NEWS, and Resources sticky icon

This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information.  For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.

Good
High Sierra Geology Introductory Texts, Links, & Resources

On the Trail Guide

Weather is the Speed of Life.
We consider the interrelationship between geological and biological processes.

 

Volcanic Tomb for a Granite Range.
We observe the slow reemergence of ancient hard granites as thousands of years of erosion scour the soft volcanic material off the buried High Sierra granite landscapes underneath.

 

Recent Discoveries.
A short set of links to a series of articles explaining the recent evolution of our understanding of the complex geology of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, but the latest information from 2015 to 2018 is chronologically listed below.

 

GEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

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February of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

LAST
Updated

February 28, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

NEXT MONTH'S NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
February, 2019

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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Who’s Responsible for Your Mountain Safety?

MOUNTAIN SAFETY & WILDERNESS ETHICS

The Folks Who Pull Us Out:
California Mountain Rescue Association

MRA met in Mammoth Lakes California to test in "Snow and Ice" for their yearly Re-Accreditation test, hosted in 2016 by Inyo County Search and Rescue. Credit Adorabutton.
MRA met in Mammoth Lakes California in 2016 to test in "Snow and Ice" for their yearly Re-Accreditation test, hosted by Inyo County SAR. Map. Photo Credit, Adorabutton, Wiki.

 

Who’s Responsible for Your Mountain Safety?

Should we stop rescuing people in wilderness?
Adirondack Explorer, February 12, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

New York Wilderness
New York’S 288 conservation officers and 134 forest rangers participated in 346 search-and-rescue missions in 2018.

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Winter 2019 Status: Tropical Transport & Storms of February 13

STATUS of the WINTER of 2019

 

NASA MODIS reveals the Instantly Intense Winter of 2019
NASA MODIS reveals the Instantly Intense Winter of 2019, Credit NASA, MODIS team.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) acquired these natural-color images of the difference a year makes; the Sierra Nevada on February 15, 2018, and February 15 of 2019. Credit NASA, MODIS team.

Also check-out MODIS, Feb 13, 2015

Scroll the Year on MODIS above to review Today's Sierra,
especially the 11th.

 

Tropical Transport & Storms of February 13

A Strong Start to Sierra Snowpack,
NASA Earth Observatory, February 13, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

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2019 Tree Mortality Report: Forest Succession Underway, Continuing Through 2018

FOREST, TREES, & CLIMATE

Great Swaths of Ultra-Dry Death Cut the Sierra Forests
 UC Merced
Many trees in the Sierra have died in the past few years because of drought. From, Can our forests survive the next drought? Credit: UC Merced.

 

Forest Succession Underway, Continuing

Survey Finds 18 Million Trees Died in California in 2018,
US Forest Service, Feburary 11, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Tree Mortality Continues
“The USDA Forest Service announced today that an additional 18 million trees, mostly conifers, died in California since fall 2017.”

California Count
“Over 147 million trees have died across 9.7 million acres of federal, state, local and private lands in California since the drought began in 2010.”

Over, but Extreme Weather Continues...
“While the 2016-2017 winter officially ended California’s drought, below-average precipitation recorded in 2017-2018 slowed the recovery of the state’s surviving trees.”

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Elevation Keys Diverse Pika Population Responses to Changing Climate

SMALL SIERRA NEVADA MAMMALS

American Pika
American Pika, Ecological Society of America, Photo credit to, courtesy of, Shana Weber.
 With their sensitivity to overheating, pikas are an indicator species for how climate change may affect mountain-dwelling wildlife.
Ecological Society of America, Photo credit to, courtesy of, Shana Weber.

 

Elevation Keys Diverse Pika Population Responses to Changing Climate

Pika Survival Rates Dry Up with Low Moisture,
Ecological Society of America, February 4, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

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The Character and Evolution of the High Sierra Winter into the Spring of 2019

 

SETTING a SEASONAL “MARKER”

Almost Dead-Average Snowpack

February 2, 2019
The salient point today, the second of February, is we’ve got a seasonal normal, “average,” snow pack (calendar), while looking at a set of moderately powerful storms coming through, all playing out in the wake of the disruptions created by the great movement of the Polar Vortex, off the top of the planet to center its spin over the North end of Hudson’s Bay, over the past couple of weeks.

Today we can see the Polar Vortex has split into thee, "vortexes," with the one over Hudson's Bay, the one that brought so much frigid Arctic cold air to the South, has weakened in favor of the Vortex to its North:

 

High Altitude View of the Polar Vortex(es)
EARTH

10 hPa, roughly 84,998.2 feet of elevation.

A rough table of pressures and altitudes.

 

NEXT?
Where does, “it,” our Seasonal Transition into Spring, go from, “here?”

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2018 Season High Sierra Fire, Smoke, and Mountain Safety Information

SUMMER & FALL
FIRE-BACKPACKING
SEASONS
of
2018

 

High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

 

ALL
SMOKE INFORMATION

 

ALL
FIRE & SMOKE INFORMATION

All Federal Fires
Managed Fires
Parks, Forests, and Lands

INCIWEB 

Inciweb has been downgraded in services and quality by their redesign. For a list of National and California Fires, now see:

 

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER, note fire lists by states...

 

 

All California State Fires
Managed Fires
CALFIRE Incident Information

  

 

 

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Watch Out for the Green Water: Blue-Green Algae News and Safety Information

Watch Out for the Green Water

 Do not drink, or allow your animals or children to drink from or play in water containing cynobacteria, otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae. Review the Blue-Green News just below and the safety information at the bottom of this page:


Blue-Green Algae Safety and Identification Information

 

July 2018,
&
August 2015:
Rising heat and declining waters are creating conditions even more favorable for cynobacteria,otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae.

In the Sierra the source of nitrogen feeding the blue-greens is cattle grazing. This is the same grazing that preserves High Sierra meadows, and for which the series of check dams that gave birth to countless lakes were created.



High Sierra Water Quality Articles

ALL WATER NEWS

 

The Latest
BLUE-GREEN NEWS

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Snags: Camp, Trail, Cross Country and River Crossing

 

Mountain Safety

Snags

June 2018
The High Sierra Tree Mortality situation induces me to repost this at the top of the list as Summer Backpacking season gets started. Snags are presenting heightened dangers this year, as is the related threat of fire.

 

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