Eduard Photoetch 72 - U-boat Viic 72 (revell) - Edp53008 - 172 Uboat Revell 1 1 snrgsa2585-Models

Dragon 6795 LeFH18 40 w crew 1 35 Built and Painted

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

The Devil and his sleeping apprentice resin model kit

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.   

Andrea Miniatures 80mm Lolita new generation girls high quality model kit1 25 Moebius Models Batmobile Dawn of Justice DC Comics 964RP Toolz - Hexagonal Punch and die set (0.7 0.85 1. 1.25 1.5 2.0) - RPTHPDAirfix Toys Very Rare Violin Plastic Toy With Part Original Box.Eduard Royal Class R0017 MiG-21MF- 2 x 1 72 Pro-Level Kits, P E & Free A3 Print

Japanese Aircraft Carier IJN Hiryu paper model 1 200 huge 114cm
Tamiya 1 35 scale M1A2 SEP ABRAMS TUSK II tank model kit
  • Male house finch at the feeder

1 32nd scale JU87 G Kanonenvogel Stuka model aircraft kit by HasegawaRare 1956 First Issue TypeS Revell McDonnell F101A Interceptor Plastic Model KitMPC MPC869 1 25 1970 Dodge Cgoldnet Super Bee

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.

Beneito WW1 British Stretcher Bearers Vignette 54mm Model Unpainted kit


RV05715 - Revell -1 400 - Gift Set - 100 Years Titanic (Spec Edition)Trumpeter 1 700 USS John C Stennis CVN-74 FeR Pepa Saavedra Women Viviane 1 10th Unpainted resin bust 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.  

Monogram PA-29-98 bluee Angels F11 Team Aircraft Assembled Model Kit 1 101 M39
Hp models 1 700 hms repulse
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

Bartini Beriev BBA-14 Soviet Experimental Hydroplane 1 72 scale RARE & WEIRDSmall Shop - Photo Etch Bending Tool 5.5 (5 Speed) Hold and Fold - SMS004Guillows 1 12 Thomas Morse Scout balsa flying modelTrumpeter 1 48 Douglas A-3B Skywarrior

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
    DRA6882 - Dragon 1 35 - Sd.Kfz.250 9Ausf.A Le SPW 2cm 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.

I-heli 2.4g.lcd.servo 4 ch digital proportional r c helicopter model (red)Dragon 1 35 scale 1 35 IJN TYPE 2 [KA-MI] AMPHIBIOUS TANK W FLOATING PONTOONHaynes V8 Engine Model Kit Build Your Own Internal Sounds & Lights HM10

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 Mustang Iii (p51b c) Raf Fighter Model Kit - 132 P51 Tru02283Italeri 1 24 IVECO STRALIS HI-WAY EURO 5 Plastic Model KitTrumpeter 1 350 HMS Dreadnought 19181 32 B-17e f Part 2 For Hkm Eduard Big Ed Set - Edbig3375 13 B17ef

Dromida Vista UAV Quad (Red) - A-DIDE03RRPlanet 1 72 Tacit bluee US Stealth Test PlaneItaleri 1 32 Mirage IIICHasegawa HAPT49 F-15C EAGLE USAF Air Superiority Fighter) 1 48 kitTrumpeter 1 35 1K17 Szhatie Russian Self-Propelled Laser Vehicle Model Kit

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

Young - Medieval Knight 14th Century - YH1853 Avro Lancaster paper model with laser cut parts