Trumpeter 1 700 HMS Ark Royal 1939 06713 snrgsa2520-Models

Eduard Photoetch 1 32 - Ll-2m3 Landing Flaps (hobbyboss) - (edp32311) - 132

MarinLink serves as Home Ground Habitat Nursery's fiscal sponsor.

13 x Merit Aircraft Kits 1 48 scale 1950s

I’m quick when it comes to spotting potentially edible foods in the wild; partly from lots of reading about California flora, and how the native peoples provided for themselves; and partly from an all-consuming curiosity that’s been with me since childhood. I like to decipher the connections between plants; what’s related to what; and I’m willing to try almost anything once.   

1 35 155mm As90 Built Painted And Weathered1 32 COPPER STATE MODELS NIEUPORT XVII EARLY (32001) 480g1 350 TRUMPETER GERMAN ADMIRAL HIPPER 1941 (05317) rrp ship in des. 882gUnpainted Resin Bust Kit 'Strange Magic'RP Models Lord Lovat Commando WW2 Unpainted 1 9th scale bust kit OOP LAST FEW

Andrea Miniatures 80mm Lolita new generation girls high quality model kit
REVELL Cutty Sark 1 96 Ship Model Kit 05422
  • Male house finch at the feeder

AC Models Walking Wounded + scenic base WW1 1 32nd Unpainted kitVietnam War Built Diorama - Soldiers @ rest in the Mekong Delta Valley Riverside1 160 REVELL PADDLE STEAMER GOETHE (05232) ship in des. 1094g

In years past I’ve participated in Cornell University’s "Feeder Watcher Program", which engages citizen scientists all across America to help compile statistics on songbirds. One year, the observations of individual watchers was used to help monitor and track the spread of an eye infection amongst house finches.



DSPIAE MT-C Stepless Adjustment Circular Cutter - Craft Tools New in BoxNutsplanet Red Ridinghood Fantasy Unpainted 75mm resin kitAirfix 1 48 09175 panavia tornado F3 vintage factory sealed model kit

About eighteen years ago I was enrolled in a Nursery Management class at the College of Marin and our instructor always had plant propagules to share with his students. One day he took a bag of moist perlite full of stratified, and germinating redbud seeds from the refrigerator to share with the class. I took a dozen or so to grow on; but it wasn’t until several years later that I noticed some minor differences in the leaves of certain specimens: some were fully rounded, or with a slightly indented notch, others showed a delicate little tip to the rounded form; making the leaf almost a heart shape.  

Airfix un-opened, un-made plastic kit of a Handley Page Victor B, Mk2 BS, boxed
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

AC Models US Troops to fit with Suka 76 Gun 5 figures 1 35th Unpainted kitMonogram PA-29-98 bluee Angels F11 Team Aircraft Assembled Model Kit 1 101 M39Aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) 1 200 paper model kit 123cm longModel Paint Revell Aqua Colour (water based) Acrylic Aqua color 54 job lot new

Brush piles like this are wonderful cover for a lot of the ground feeding birds, and also benefit the raptors – both hawks and owls – because of the great cover for the rodent populations. Brushy areas also create nesting sites for the Juncos. These little sparrow relatives are very successful breeders, even with nests right on the ground! The lovely brown, tan and grayish tones of their plumage are perfect camouflage.

  • Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border
    Boeing Boeing 787-9 Snap Model - Scale 1 200 Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border

Micro-Habitats; Knowing Your Land

My husband and I live on a south facing hillside situated above the Novato Creek floodplains; it’s a beautiful, warm, and sunny spot with a great vantage point. Our hill, called Cherry Hill on some maps, is a part of one of the ridges extending from Mt. Burdell, the 3rd highest peak in Marin County, and we’re directly facing Big Rock Ridge, the 2nd highest spot in Marin. When the skies are clear, we can actually see just a little tip of Mt. Tamalpais, the highest peak in Marin! To the east, we can see the twin peaks of Mt. Diablo, which is the highest peak of all in our area and therefore the base meridian of much of northern California.

Sd.Kfz 184 Elefant (2 In1) - 1 35 Model Kit - Dragon 6871AVIATION DOUGLAS A3D SKYWARRIOR MODEL KIT MADE BY REVELL NO. H-241Revell Toys Flying Saucer Haunebu II 03903

Even so, with not much more than an inch of rain, I’m witnessing an almost instantaneous re-greening of the landscape! Within days thousands of seeds are germinating; lots of grasses, and a great variety of weeds and wildflowers. This is where the fun begins. I love the challenge of identifying these minute plantlets. Sometimes I’m already so familiar with the plant that I know it from the cotyledons, but very often I need to see the first true leaves before I really know what they are.

Thinking About Weeds

Trumpeter 1 32 - Douglas A-1had-6 Skyraider 1966 - 132 Scale A1h Ad6A3 Framed Airfix 1 72 P-51D Mustang On the Sprue Airfix Art ( A )TAMIYA 1 24 ZAKSPEED CAPRI TURBO SPORTS CAR MODEL KIT NO.14Dragon 6739 SdKfz 10 4 fur 2 cm FlaK 30 1 35 scale plastic model kit

Trumpeter 02808 1 48th scale Wellington Mk.1CTamiya 1 35 US Marine AAVP7A1AFV Club M109A2 Howitzer Tank 1 35 AF35109A rare BANDAI un made plastic kit of a Duesenberg SJ. 1 20th, BoxedAirfix 1 144 Airbus A300B Passenger Airliner Great Condition Sealed Very Rare

Here’s where my thoughts about weeds differ from those of many others; weeds are not all bad! 

Amodel 1 72 Dornier Do.J Wal Polar Aviation Flying Boat Dragon 1 72 Sea King AEW.2 Falklands 30th Anniversary