Weekly Nature Question #5: What Species Of Butterfly Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s tree question turned out to be a California Tree Frog.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the California Tree Frog Forest Life Page.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Sue of the blog Backyard Biology for identifying the frog and providing a link where I could learn more about it.  Thanks also to blogger Henry Mowry of the blog Mowry Journal for confirming that Sue’s identification is correct.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.  If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on this frog, send me a link and I will add a link to this forest life page and create a reference page like this one to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of butterfly is this?

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

Weekly Nature Question #4: What Species Of Frog Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s tree question turned out to be a  Great Basin Collared Lizard.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the Great Basin Collared Lizard Forest Life Page.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Alex Gurrola for being the first to correctly identify the species and providing a link to more information and to Eric Kuns (my brother) for confirming the identification and providing a more specific link.  I also want to say thanks to blogger Henry Mowry of the blog Mowry Journal for checking with his naturalist son to confirm the identification and to verify that the species was within its home range and therefore unlikely to be someone’s former pet.  Thanks also to everyone else who commented on this question.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.

This Week’s Question:  What species of frog is this?  I saw several dozen of these frogs on a hike through Shortcut Canyon on the Silver Moccasin Trail with my brother.  We shared the camera that day, so I’m sure some of the photos below were taken by him (I’m just not sure which ones).

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

Weekly Nature Question #3: What Species of Lizard Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s tree question turned out to be a Limber Pine.  More information on this tree is now on it’s page in the Forest Life section of this blog and will be updated as new information is shared.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Dave Bucholtz for being the first to correctly identify the species and to blogger Scott Turner of the blog 1000 miles for confirming the identification, providing a nice description and link to a photo.  As a side note, I assume Scott’s post with a link made it past the spam filter because he’s posted here before.  So, if you have a link to share and it doesn’t show up in the comments, please assume it went into spam and send me the link through my contact page.  I also want to say thanks to blogger Henry Mowry of the blog Mowry Journal for checking with his naturalist to confirm the identification and to everyone else who commented on this question.  Knowing what to look for led me to a page on the Encyclopedia of Life that also identified the Wally Waldron Tree as a Limber Pine.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.

This Week’s Question:  What species of lizard is this?  I’ve only seen this species of lizard one time in close to 1,600 miles of hiking in Angeles Forest.

November 2011

November 2011

Above photo taken from the South Fork Trail

November 2011

November 2011

Above photo taken from the South Fork Trail

November 2011

November 2011

Above photo taken from the South Fork Trail

Weekly Nature Question #2: What Species of Tree is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s bird question turned out to be a White-breasted Nuthatch.  More information on this bird is now on it’s page in the Forest Life section of this blog and will be updated as new information is shared.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Blogger gacochran of the blog Along The Way who first identified the species and blogger Westerner54 of the blog Off the Beaten Path: Hikes, Backpacks, and Travels for confirming the identification.

Although nobody sent me any further information, I did notice an excellent post from Sue of the blog Backyard Biology.  You can find a link to that post on the White-breasted Nuthatch page mentioned above or the reference page I created for her blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of tree is this?

July 2011

July 2011

Photo taken near the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell

July 2011

July 2011

Photo taken near the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell

The sign in the photos indicates that the tree is dedicated to “Michael H. “Wally” Waldron for his untiring efforts for the Boy Scouts of America” and that the tree is “believed to be 1,500 years old.”  The sign doesn’t indicate the species, so I’m asking for your help.

Inaugural Weekly Nature Question: What Species Of Bird Is This?

A key blogging discovery I’ve made during my “freshman” ten months of having a blog is that blogging is as much about learning from others as it is about sharing my own thoughts, photos, and information.  I’m sure others have learned that long ago and may have even started blogging for that reason.  When someone comments on or likes one of my posts, I always check to see what they are doing.  Granted, that’s presently easy to do as my blog doesn’t generate much traffic.  As a result, I’ve found myself reading some interesting blogs that I wouldn’t have searched for.  I’ve also found myself following bloggers who post on topics that are outside my typical areas of interest because they found me and write well or do something on their blog better than I do.  For the most part, this learning for me has been serendipitous.

On a recent hike, I started thinking about this interesting community aspect of blogging.  Closing in on two years and over 1,500 miles of hiking in Angeles Forest, I’ve come to know a fair amount about its many peaks, trails, water sources, burn areas, and how weather impacts hiking experiences.  However, looking at a bird that I knew nothing about caused me to reflect on the fact that I knew very little about the life living in the forest.  Sure, I can tell a lizard from a snake.  In fall, I can tell a deciduous tree from an evergreen.  I’ve seen enough warning signs and talked to enough people about the poodle dog bush to know to avoid it.  I read a book on bears (and have seen two), to learn about them and what to do when I see one.  For similar reasons, I read part of a book on rattlesnakes.  I want to know more about life in the forest, but it’s hard to look something up if you don’t know its name.  I don’t trust myself with field guides.  I want verification from someone who knows what they are looking at.  As I was struggling to take pictures of the bird, I recalled many of the great bird pictures I’ve seen from bloggers.  I always admire those photos from serious photographers using expensive camera equipment.  My point and shoot snapshots rarely (if ever) do the bird justice.  Thinking about how great it would be to see a picture of this bird taken by one of those bloggers caused me to also think about how there are people who know what species of bird it is, and possibly others who have written a post providing information about the bird, and even the outside chance that someone might write a post about the bird if encouraged to do so.

For the rest of my hike and periodically over the past couple weeks I’ve wondered if the serendipitous learning I’ve acquired through reading blogs could also become more focused and teach me about life in Angeles Forest.  Could I use my blog to ask the blogosphere questions and reasonably expect to get answers?  Would non-bloggers who find their way to this blog participate?  I don’t have much I can offer others in return for investing the time to educate me.  What I can do is take the information people share with me and make it a permanent resource on this blog and acknowledge those who help in some way.

So, what I’ve decided to try is to ask a weekly nature question asking what species something is and post photos of the thing in question.  I will also provide a link to a page with other photos of the area I took the pictures to provide context for those interested.  If I get answers (that are plausible), I will create a page on this blog for that species under a new section called Forest Life–which will be first created with results generated from this post.  This will create a resource for anyone interested to examine.  For bloggers who send me links to posts of the species (through my contact page as linked comments tend to go to spam) that are from their blog, I will create a link to their work (provided I think its accurate)  on the species page and add a page for their blog in the reference section area that will work similar to how the newly created author pages are working.  I’m hoping some people will also provide links (again through my contact page) to articles and references that I can add to the species page.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

So, if you know anything about the bird pictured below (the one who inspired this project), please share.

November 2012

November 2012

Photo taken at Valley Forge Campground

November 2012

November 2012

Photo taken at Valley Forge Campground