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February

February on the Berry Creek Falls Loop (BCFL) Trail in the Forest of Big Basin State Park.
Route was clockwise (except where stated otherwise). Report is by J. Zimmerman (except where stated otherwise).

Flower are our stars 2008 (counter-clockwise).
Flower are our stars 2007 (counter-clockwise).
Flower are our stars 2006.
Flower are our stars 2005 (counter-clockwise).
Flower are our stars 2004 by Scott Peden.
Flower are our stars 2003 by Scott Peden.
Flower are our stars 2002.

Also:
Flower are our stars 7-year summary of flower-slug-newt data.
Flower are our stars Flower-slug-newt count graph.
Flower are our stars Wildflower species calendar on BCFL Trail.
Flower are our stars Walk With Scott Peden in Big Basin State Park.
NEW AUGUST 2005 Paces calibration (Berry Creek Falls Loop Trail).


Adder's Tongue closeup by Sudhir Dass

California Fetid Adder's Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii)
© 2005-2015 by Sudhir Dass.
Blooms for only a few weeks (mid-January to early February).

Designation of "unique": refers to any species that was seen in a single location on the reported day.

Designation of "early": refers to any species that we are seeing this month on this trail for the first time since we started this record. [These flowers have often been reported by others this early. They are, however, early for us.]


Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - counter-clockwise.

Report by J. Zimmerman.

Flowers:


Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - counter-clockwise.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


At the Ranger Station HQ:
  1. ["unique"] Dandelion (ALIEN).

    Taking Dool Trail toward Sunset Trail - beginning our counter-clockwise exploration.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road (on Sunset Trail): 0 slugs.

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector (on Sunset Trail): 1st slug spotted; 1 total.

  2. Toothwort (Dentaria californica). Pink.
  3. Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana). Pink.
  4. California Fetid Adder's Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii). We were able to recognize their aroma frequently, before seeing them.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge (on Sunset Trail): 0 new slugs; 1 total. First 4 newts; 4 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail (on Sunset Trail): 1 new slug; 2 total. 3 new newts; 7 total.

    By East Berry Creek Bridge (on Sunset Trail): 0 new slugs; 2 total. 5 new newts; 12 total.

  5. Several small-leaved Manzanita (Sensitive Manzanita) in bloom (white).
  6. Several brittle-leaved Manzanita in bloom (white). This has the prettiest (equals showiest) blossoms; each leaf is on a petiole (leaf stem); and the leaves are very brittle and easily snapped.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail: 0 new slugs; 2 total. 8 new newts; 20 total. Below Golden Falls about two dozen more California Fetid Adder's Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) and their strong aroma.

    By Silver Falls. 3 new slugs; 5 total. 21 new newts; 41 total.

    By BC Falls Bench: 1 new slug; 6 total. 29 new newts; 70 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls view from Seat: 0 new slugs; 6 total. 6 new newts; 76 total.

    By Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs; 6 total. 75 new newts (many only 2" long); 151 total.

    More California Fetid Adder's Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii): near the steps carved into stone (on the ocean side of last year's trail-restructuring landslide): over 20 blooms. Also got the aroma of the flower.

    By Timms Creek Trail: 1 new slug; 7 total. 2 new newts; 153 total.

    By West (lower) End of the connector trail: 0 new slugs; 7 total. 21 new newts; 174 total.

    By East (upper) End of the connector trail: 0 new slugs; 7 total. 18 new newts; 192 total.

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs; 7 total. 1 new newt; 193 total.

    By Sunset connector: 0 new slugs; 7 total. 2 new newts; 195 total.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs; 7 total. 0 new newts; 195 total.

    Arriving back at HQ via Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail: 0 new slugs; 7 total. 0 new newts; 195 total.


Sunday, February 5, 2006.

Report by J. Zimmerman.

Thanks to Hooray for crews our heroes, the trail-clearing crews, for their great clearing of the downed trees reported last month. We appreciate the huge amount of unseen work that they do to make this part of the park accessible to us.

A few more trees are down, just to add to their work. The old bridge over West Waddell Creek is very weak and rickety; be especially careful here.


At the Ranger Station HQ:
  1. Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana). White.
  2. ["early"] Huckleberry (white).

    Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road.

  3. Redwood violet (yellow).

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 slugs so far.

  4. ["unique"] Toothwort (pink).

    By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 0 slugs so far.

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 0 slugs so far.

    By East End (upper) of the side trail: 2 new slugs, 2 total.

    By West End (lower) of the side trail: 3 new slugs, 5 total.

  5. Western wake robin (Trillium ovatum).

    By Timms Creek Trail: 2 new slugs, 7 total.

  6. California Fetid Adder's Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii): a single plant with 2 fresh blooms in total. [Uphill from trail on the rock with steep steps cut into it.]

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 4 new slugs, 11 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls first view (at Seat): 3 new slug, 14 total. One pair of slugs was mating by the Seat with the great view of the falls.

    By Berry Creek Falls viewing platform and bench: 1 new slugs, 15 total.

    By Silver Falls. 13 new slugs, 28 total. And 1st terrestrial newt, giving 1 total.

    Today's best viewing of Fetid adder's tongue flowers was near Golden Cascades.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 3 new slugs, 31 total.

  7. Small-leaved Manzanita (Sensitive Manzanita).
  8. Also another Manzanita with dusty leaves and no burl compared with Sensitive Manzanita.

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 31 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 31 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 31 total.

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: 3 new slugs, 34 total.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs, 34 total.

    By Dool Trail: 0 new slugs, 34 total.

    By HQ: 0 new slugs, 34 total.

Thursday, February 3, 2005.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


No wildflowers visible by the Ranger Station HQ.

Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road.

  1. Flowering rush (not blue-tinged).

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 1 new slugs, slug count so far is 1.

  2. Toothwort (Dentaria californica, var. integrifolia). White, sometimes with lavender tinge.
  3. Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana). White; sometimes mauve, pinkish, or bluish.

    By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 2 new slugs, 3 total.

  4. Redwood violet (a.k.a. Evergreen violet) (Viola sempervirens).

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 12 new slugs, 15 total.

  5. Western wake robin (Trillium ovatum).

    By East End (upper) of the side trail: 1 new slug, 16 total. And 1 terrestrial newt, 1 total.

    By West End (lower) of the side trail: 3 new slugs, 19 total.

  6. California Fetid Adder's Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii); blooms for only a few weeks, primarily in mid- and late January; greenish slim-petalled.

    By Timms Creek Trail: 4 new slugs, 23 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 23 total. And 2 more terrestrial newts, 3 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls first view (at Seat): 0 new slugs, 23 total.

  7. ["unique"] Coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus), just beginning to bud out.

    By Berry Creek Falls viewing platform and bench: 1 new slug, 24 total.

    By Silver Falls. 12 new slugs, 36 total. And 2 more terrestrial newts, giving 5 total.

    Today's best viewing of Fetid adder's tongue flowers was near Golden Cascades.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 36 total.

  8. Small-leaved Manzanita (Sensitive Manzanita).
  9. Also another Manzanita with large and dusty leaves compared with small-leaved Manzanita (Sensitive Manzanita).

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 36 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 3 new slugs, 39 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 39 total.

  10. California (or Pacific) blackberry (Rubus ursinus).
  11. California strawberry (Fragaria californica).
  12. Two-eyed violet (Viola ocellata).

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: 9 new slugs, 45 total.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 3 new slugs, 48 total.

    By Dool Trail: 0 new slugs, 48 total.

    By HQ: 0 new slugs, 48 total.

Wednesday, February 9, 2005.

Report by J. Zimmerman.

Thursday, February 5, 2004

Report by J. Zimmerman.

9 wildflowers:
 Alum Root (aka crevice heuchera) Heuchera micrantha      White.
 Toothwort (Dentaria californica, var. integrifolia).     Pink.
 Fetid adder's tongue (A bonanza crop)                    Green and purple.
 Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana).                     Pink.
 Redwood Violet.                                          Yellow.
 Sensitive Manzanita.                                     White.
 Sugar-scoop.                                             White.
 Western wake robin (Trillium ovatum)       White.
 Wild Strawberry.                                         White.

Saw a fox trot across the road near the Park Entrance.
Rather cold (42 degrees and 90% humidity at 8 a.m. start)
which perhaps accounts for the low slug count.
A couple of the newts still had their long aquatic tails.
Scott asserts that one creaky-hinge call was a green heron.

Huge increase in wild pig activity, with overturned dirt beside much of the trail.
Fewer mushrooms.

February 2003

by Scott Peden.

February 2002

Report by J. Zimmerman.

Another pleasant mid-week hike. My co-hiker photographed hundreds of shots of fungi and the budding spring wildflowers. Saw two other hikers along the trail. Cold, clear weather, after a dry, cold month.

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