1 35 Mittlerer Einheits PersonenKraftwagen K.fz.12&2.8cm spzB41 35209 Bronco snrgsa2607-Models

Academy Models HMS Warspite Plastic Model Kit (14105)

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

Dragon 1 35 Pz.Kpfw.I mit Abwurfvorrichtung Tank 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.   

Rare Tamiya 1 24 Ford Zakspeed Capri Turbo Model KitCOUNTRY GARAGE 1 24 SCALE INCLUDING MODEL CITROEN TA 15 CV.Zvezda 9018 Hansa Medieval Ship Hansekogge 1 72 scale model kitTakom 1 35 King Tiger Initial Production (4 in 1) WWII German Heavy Tank 02096Revell 1 16 Rare Jaguar SS 100 Model Kit

Trumpeter TRU 02868 1 48 - Douglas A-3D-2 Skywarrior Plastic Model Kit
  • Male house finch at the feeder

Fighter jets ,vintage Model Kits - Hasegawa airfix (job lot)Hobbyboss 1 48 - A-6e Intruder - 148 A6e Model Kit Scale Grey1 32 scale Heinkel he111 P

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.

Airfix X 6 Kits 1 72 Planes


Dragon 1 35 scale WW2 German FLAKPANZER T-34 (R)Hornby shipwright h101 santa maria wooden model ship kitDusek Viking Ship Knarr 1 72 Scale D013 Model Boat 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.  

Meng 1 35 Merkava Mk.4M with Trophy Active Predection System Israeli MBT TS-03
RFM Rye Field Model RM-5012 1 35 Sturmtiger with Full Interior New Release
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

MG Kampfer 1 100 (Gundam) Bandai Model KitAirfix 1 8 20481-9 B.M.W. R-75 5 VINTAGE model motorcycle kit conts sealedModel kit T-50 1 67 SCALEDRAGON D6824 1 35 - Pz.Kpfw.IV mit Panther F Turret 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
    Trumpeter 1 350 Schleswig-Holstein Battleship 1935 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.

1 24 scale 1993 Subaru Impreza WRC Network Q RAC Rally model kit by Hasegawa1 35 WWII German Kubelwagen Workshop with figures by Dragon 6338Kitty Hawk 1 32 Bell P-39Q N Airacobra

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

MINIART 1 35 SU-122 MID-PRODUCTION with INTERIOR DETAILTrumpeter 02808 1 48th scale Wellington Mk.1CBruder Tractor with Trailer Case IH Optum 300 CVX 1 16 Kids Toy Vehicle 03199Tamiya 24292 Ferrari FXX 1 24 Scale Kit

MG TF sports car kit - white metal model to assemble and paint1 35 Trumpeter Soviet 2s7 Self-propelled Gun - 135 Selfpropelled Peony PionHasegawa Air Force One VC-25A 1 200 10805Hobbyboss 1 48 A-6A Intruder Aircraft Model KitRevell 03275 1 35 Tiger II Ausf B Platinum Ltd Edition Interior, Etch & Glue

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

DRAGON 3570 1 35 Egyptian Sherman - The Six Day War NEW JDM Fujimi 1 24 Honda Integra DC2 Castrol Type R Gr. A model kit