The Truckee River is high and it is moving! With all the weather we've been having lately the Truckee River is higher than it has been in a long while. I headed over to McCarran Ranch yesterday to check out the water level.
The river is high enough that it has taken out a lot of the hiking trail (Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway) near the parking area off of Waltham Way and Wild Horse Canyon Dr. I didn't have my irrigating boots with me and unfortunately a spot along the trail was too deep and too socked in with big sagebrush to get around easily. So my exploration of the river was cut quite a bit shorter than I would have liked.
Below are pictures from where I did get to venture.
On Wednesday November 16, 2016 I had delicious lunch with my life-partner-in-crime over at Mi Ranchito in Reno, NV. As we were leaving the restaurant it started to snow.. By the time I got close to my house the sky was dark gray and bright blue, sunny and stormy all at the same time.. It was an awesome sight, so rather than to head home, I decided to head up Rattlesnake Mountain for a better view.
Checkout the stormy slideshow below. I really love the photo of the storm swallowing the Grand Sierra Resort (GSR).
Also, Patreon Patrons, there's additional footage for you to check out over on Patreon.
Most people will have to get up extra early to check out the April 4, 2015 total eclipse of the moon! The eclipse starts at 3:16 am PDT with totality happening at 4:458 am PDT and lasting roughly 4 minutes and 43 seconds, so to get the "total" experience you have to have to be right on time--I'm setting my alarm clock for this one! This is apparently the shortest lunar eclipse of the century.
Since it is occurring in the morning it is best seen from west of the Mississippi. East of the Mississippi the rising sun will only allow for viewing a partial eclipse.
Learn more here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2015/30mar_lunareclipse/
ELKO, Nev. – It’s time to take it outside and learn about predatory birds and wilderness. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is teaming up with Hawkwatch International for an educational hike on Saturday, Sept. 13 for the entire family to learn about predatory birds and wilderness education.
This day hike in the Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area (WSA), managed by the Elko District, was identified as part of the 1980 Intensive Wilderness Inventory conducted by the BLM. This spectacular area offers views stretching across the Great Salt Lake Desert Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake City, to the Ruby Mountains. Hawkwatch International (HI) has been conducting predatory bird migration inventories at a site located within the WSA since 1980 and HI offers visitors a unique experience to actually participate in counting, trapping, analyzing and releasing wild hawks, falcons and other predatory birds.
The guided hike will begin at 9 a.m. MDT; (8 a.m. PST) at the Christmas Tree Canyon Trailhead, approximately 20 miles south of West Wendover, Nev. on US Highway Alternate 93. Turn right or west off the highway at the old Nevada Department of Transportation maintenance station and follow the binocular signs to the trailhead. A four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is recommended. This strenuous hike is approximately 2.5 miles to the top, with an elevation gain of around 1,800 feet. Hikers should bring lots of water, snacks and a small lunch, and hikers should dress in layers as the weather can be highly variable this time of year.
To RSVP or for more information, please call Blaine Potts of the BLM at (775) 753-0356.
Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) is fairly prominent across the western landscape and is also known as antelope brush, deerbrush and quininebrush. Bitterbrush tends to grow below pinyon-juniper and ponderosa pine forests and is typically associated with sagebrush, rabbitbrush, curlleaf mountain mahogany, balsamroot and mules ear. It commonly grows on dry, south-facing slopes--preferring sandy to rocky, well drained soils.
It tends to be a medium sized bush, but the size can vary greatly depending upon where it's growing. At higher elevations it can even become prostrate, but typically it ranges from 3-9 ft in height. The leaves are simple with three lobes and are bright green which helps distinguish the leaves from that of a sagebrush. They have many small, five petaled, yellow flowers that bloom in late spring. The flower petals are spoon-shaped narrow towards the center of the flower and wide towards the edge.
Bitterbrush is very important winter forage for wildlife. Mule deer and pronghorn depend upon it for sustenance during the winter months.
by Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
President Obama understands that we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave our land, water and wildlife better than we found it.
The Administration this week unveiled another historic milestone in the President’s bold Climate Action Plan. At the President’s direction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan proposal calls for cuts in carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.
By 2030, the plan will reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide from 2005 levels and cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit.
Beyond benefiting public health and the economy, these reductions will greatly benefit the parks, refuges, other public lands and cultural resources entrusted to the Department of the Interior on behalf of all Americans. From the Gates of the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico and from Gettysburg to Guam, we see the effects of climate change.
The Department of the Interior is meeting the President’s call to action on climate – from standing up homegrown renewable energy and transmission infrastructure, to reducing methane emissions while supporting safe and responsible energy development, to making lands and waters more resilient in the face of climate change.
Interior has developed a nationwide network of Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives through which scientists and land managers work together to translate science into hands-on solutions that partners from all levels of government and the private sector can use to make sure our resources are resilient.
Science and collaboration guide programs like coastal resilience grants that help shoreline communities prepare for climate change impacts, such as sea level rise and severe storms, and drought-stricken communities conserve water and reduce the risk of devastating wildfires.
Interior is on track to permit 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy on public lands by 2020 – enough energy to power 6 million homes – working alongside states, tribes and industry to build a clean energy future.
Dealing with climate change is not only a central challenge of the 21st century, but it is also a moral obligation and a necessity to advance our nation’s economy, environment and public health. The Interior Department is committed to being a strong partner in these efforts to cut carbon pollution, balance thoughtful development with conservation, and create sustainable American jobs.
Sally Jewell is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Check out the December 2013 issue of the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management from the USFWS .
From sage-grouse to coyotes and bats, the December 2013 edition of this peer-reviewed, online scientific journal contains current research and papers on a variety of wildlife species and habitat concerns.
Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS.
Happy Wetland Month everybody!
May marks the annual observance of American Wetlands Month, a time to celebrate one of nature’s most productive ecosystems. May is the month to recognize and celebrate the wonderful ways wetlands enrich the environment and our lives.
Wetlands are facing numerous challenges, such as global warming, sea level rise, increasing storm severity, drought, energy development, species declines and expansion of infrastructure, driving the need for wetland conservation.
Learn more about wetland month at the following links:
And learn more about the Great Basin's wetlands at the following links:
"On a clear, moonless night in Great Basin National Park, thousands of stars, five of our solar system's eight planets, star clusters, meteors, man-made satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. The area boasts some of the darkest night skies left in the United States. Low humidity and minimal light pollution, combined with high elevation, create a unique window to the universe."
The third annual Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival will take place June 14-16, 2012. Join park rangers and experience out of this world family fun, excitement, and learn about day and nighttime astronomy.
Here at Great Basin National Park we have some of the best air quality in the nation which translates to clear daytime skies, and incredibly dark night skies.
Don't have your own telescope? There will be many telescopes of different makes, shapes, and sizes for you and your family to look at the sun, stars, planets and other deep sky objects including nebulae and galaxies.
The annual Spring Wings Bird Festival is happening in Fallon this weekend. I really wish I could make it down. Here is a blurb from their facebook page.
"Spring Wings Bird Festival is an annual celebration of shorebird and waterfowl migration through the Lahontan Valley. Our mission is to encourage growth of this educational event, promote interest in and awareness of the Lahontan Valley Wetlands.
The Lahontan Valley Wetlands are recognized as a site of international importance by the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network, a ‘Globally Important Bird Area’ by the American Bird Conservancy, and an ‘Important Bird Area’ by the Audubon Society.
The Spring Wings Festival introduces the connection between all aspects of the Lahontan Valley: habitat, wildlife, history, humans, and how the community works together to protect and preserve natural resources."
See more here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spring-Wings-Bird-Festival/129733843758723?sk=info
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