Bruder Claas Lexion 480 Combine Harverster 2120 B10-2120 New snrgsa3319-Models

RV03903 - Revell 1 72 - Flying Saucer Haunebu

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


Roden 1 48 Cessna L-19 O-1 Bird Dog

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.   

Belkits 1 24 Ford Escort Rs 1600 Mk I Timo MakinenMeng Models 1 35 M1A2 SEP Abrams TUSK I TUSK II U.S. MBT Tank Model Kit1 48 Trumpeter Douglas Era-3b Skywarrior Strategic Bomber. - 148 Bomber Era3bImaginext Batman Gotham City JailSHED 2PM2BTBGPW200 1 32 Farm Buildings Barn


Italeri Norton 750 Commando PR 1 9
Revell 1 32 He 219 A-7 (A-5 A-2 late) UHU
  • Male house finch at the feeder

Parkzone 15 BL Outrunner motor 950Kv - Z-PKZ5116Revell - 07915 - US Police MotorbikeTAMIYA 35326 US M1A2 SEP Abrams Tank TUSK II 1 35 Military Model Kit

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.


Italeri 3933 Daf XF 105 Tractor Unit Space America 1 24 Scale Kit

Redbuds

Hobbyboss 1 350 French Navy Battleship VoltaireTAKOM 2098 1 35 PANTHER A MID-EARLY PRODUCTION FULL INTERIOR DETAIL MODEL KITAndrea Miniatures Mounted Viking Warrior 54mm Unpainted 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.  


Trumpeter 1 35 - Russian T-90smodernised (mod 2013) - 135 09524 T90s Modernised
AMT MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL VINTAGE KIT NR MINT 25th V.NICE
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

Traxxas Body, E-Revo, orange decal sheet (assembled w mounts for cl - Z-TRX8...Trumpeter 1 32 scale USAF A-7D Corsair IIITA3932 - Italeri 1 72 - Scania R730Streamliner Highl. Cab.DRA3601 - Dragon 1 35 - Arab Stug IIIAusf.G

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
    Tamiya 1 48 Fairey Swordfish Mk2 61099 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.

Tamiya LaFerrari Yellow Version 1 24 24347Miniart 1 35 - Su-85 Mod.1943(mid Prod) With Full Interior - Su85 Mid 135 TankHasagawa plastic kit of a Yamaha DT250, parts in sealed bags,

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

HMS Prince of Wales - 1 350 Ship Model Kit - Tamiya 78011Tamiya 24324 Subaru BRZ Model Kit 1 24 ScaleEduard Bigsin 1 48 -f-4 Jeu D'armesM752 Lance Missile Launcher Kit DRAGON 1 35 DR3576 Model

Kotobukiya Muv-Luv SHIRANUI SECOND YUYA BRIDGES DELUXE Ver Model Kit NEW JapanAMT ERTL Star Trek Original U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (Cut-away) 1995 ModelTrumpeter 06714 700 USS Kitty Hawk CV-63Ebbro 20009 Team Lotus Type 72E 1973 2nd. Prod. 1 20 scale plastic model kitBandai 1 100 Full Mechanics IBO Mobile Suit Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex Model Kit

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

Pages