Fairey Fulmar Mk.I over the Med & Indian - Special Hobby 48. Ocean II snrgsa2541-Models


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

1 48 Tamiya Avro Lancaster BI Special Grand Slam Bomber Motorised Version 61504

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 32 Revell EUROFIGHTER EFA (1989), Un-started Free P&P Tamiya Honda CB750F Bike Motorcyle Model Set (Scale 1 6) 16020 NEW1 48 Hasegawa RF-4B VMCJ-2 PLAYBOYS TAKOM 2107 1 35 WWII GERMAN ARV BERGEPANTHER AUSF.G FULL INTERIOR KIT FREE POSTAcademy 14105 Queen Elizabeth Class HMS Warspite 1 350 Scale Kit

AC Models French Foreign Legion 'Watershot' 1 10th Unpainted resin bust kit
DRAGON 6730 Tiger I Early Production 1944 1 35 Tank Model Kit
  • Male house finch at the feeder

AC Models FFL 4 figure crew & stowage & local man set 1950s1 35th Unpainted kitRevell 1 48 C-47 Skytrain Berlin AirliftRye Field Model 1 35 RM5010 Tiger I Mid Prod Tank Otto Caruis with full Interior

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.

A Hasegawa unmade plastic kit of a Boeing B-47E Strato jet, Boxed


Alexandros Models Steiner German Soldier WW2 Bust 1 10th Unpainted Kit1 32nd scale JU87 D 8 Night Stuka model aircraft kit by TrumpeterArmored Core NX03 pinknthal CR-Hogire Model Kit 1 72 Scale Kotobukiya 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.  

Bronco 1 35 DFS230B-1 Light Assault Glider w Paratroops (Operation Eiche)
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

Italeri MV Agusta 500 cc 4 Cylinders 1964 1 9th Scale Plastic Model KitHp models 1 700 hms repulseDel Prado Frontline WW2 German Anti Tank Gun PAK 36 & 3 Crew 1 32..HEL52996G - Heller Gift Set 1 8 - Norton 750 Commando

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
    Takom 1 35 Mark.IV Tadpole WWI Heavy Tank Model Kit 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.

Scale 75 Medieval Hunter with dog 75mm Unpainted metal KitMac Tools Hemisfear 1 20 Scale Die Cast Model5040 VINTAGE USS U.S.S NEW JERSEY REVELL 1 350 MODEL KIT NEW UNBUILT 1982

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

Eduard Big Sin 1 32 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 SIN63209Trumpeter 1 32 Douglas A-1j Ad-7 Skyraider A1j Ad7 ScaleMB-04A BB sniper rifle, bluee, in box, no scope, no bipod, with approx 2500 BBs1 35 - British Army Soldiers, Tamiya Universal Carrier and Miniart Diorama

A Vintage HELLER un-opened un-made plastic kit of a RENAULT G 260Young - British Paratrooper Operation Market Garden 1944 - YM18641 35 Israeli IDF Merkava Mk.4M MBT with Trophy APS model kit by MengAndrea Miniatures Warrior Monk Crusader 1250AD 90mm Unpainted kitKitty Hawk 1 48 Sukhoi Su-17M3 M4

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

Hobby Boss 1 48 Mikoyan MiG-31M Foxhound WESSEX HELICOPTER HAS - ITA-02732