Month: September 2013

Hidden Monsters

MR 368

I happened to see this interesting spider lurking in the duff layer. In keeping with the albino theme Ive had lately, this little guy fits in nicely. Im pretty sure this spider is in the Thomisidae family, or crab spider in the common tongue. Getting these guys down to genus and species is pretty tricky – many many variations of these spiders. They are ambush hunters, and this one lays wait in the duff layer on the forest floor waiting for dinner to crawl by…

MR 369

Can you make a difference?

MR 367

We have been putting significant effort into trying to prevent Douglas-fir from over topping our last remaining oak woodlands. The scale on which this phenomena is occurring is overwhelming to say the least…

Hopefully there is a growing awareness of the necessity to maintain the oak and prairie areas that will result in landowners big and small physically removing small fir trees from the oak woodlands before they get unmanageable. And more importantly (and idealistic), the reintroduction of fire to our forests.