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What to do with those tough to control perennial weeds in established alfalfa?

AlfalfaWeeds

The old saying, “Everything's fine until it's not,” comes to mind when dealing with some tough to control perennial weeds in alfalfa...

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 3:52 PM
Tags: alfalfa (44), herbicide (3), weeds (21)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Pest Management

Hear that Buzz? Saturday is National Honey Bee Day!

Postdoctoral scholar Laura Brutscher of the Elina Lastro Niño lab at UC Davis talks about who lives in the hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear that buzz? Tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 18) is National Honey Bee Day. A small group of beekeepers originated the observance back in 2009 to...

Grapefruit and Medfly

I learned recently that my house is in the currently quarantined section of Solano County because medflies had been found in the area. What that means is that I'm not supposed to move fruit and vegetables out of my property unless I process them first. Likewise, I should not be accepting fruits and vegetables from friends in the quarantine area, unless they've been processed. It will be hard because in my social circle, that's what we do, we share our produce.  

But I have no problem following rules, especially when I understand what they mean.  

Kathy Low blogged about this back in November:  

So I was shocked when I found a bag of grapefruit in the house one day. A friend, who also lives in the quarantine area, gave them to my husband, who didn't have the heart to say no to a gift -  never mind that he can't eat grapefruit and I don't like grapefruit.  

What to do? I couldn't give them back; that would mean the fruit would travel out of my property. I couldn't eat them, well, I could but... too bitter for my taste. (Although if they were bitter melon, I'd welcome them with open arms and an empty pan ready for cooking.) 

I had two choices: I could double bag them and dump them in the trash or close my eyes and eat them. Seriously, trashing was not an option - too wasteful. So I cooked them and ate them; and the experience wasn't too bad.  

Lesson learned: Noli equi dentes inspicere donatiDon't look a gift horse in the mouth, or in this case you should. 

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Opportunity knocks for aspiring naturalists in California

The California Naturalist program will be offered in an eight-day immersion course in Cambria this month, and in a slower-paced eight-week program that starts in September in San Luis Obispo, reported Michele Roest in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. California Naturalist sessions begin in September in a wide range of California locations, including Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and Yosemite National Park.

In all cases, fulfilling the course requirements will allow participants to join the growing ranks of California Naturalists in the Golden State, which number nearly 2,000.

The California Naturalist training involves both classroom and field sessions.

In her article, Roest likens California Naturalists to the well-known UC Master Gardeners. Master Gardener volunteers share research-based gardening information with the public. California Naturalists extend information to the public about natural California. The CalNat program also offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in nature-based activities in other capacities, such as citizen science, service to partner organizations or hands-on conservation.

The eight-day class in Cambria, Roest wrote, provides comprehensive information on "everything from algae to zebras." Zebras in California? There are a few who wander the land around Hearst Castle along Highway 1, descendants of zebras brought to San Simeon by the late Randolph Hearst.

The eight week program is offered in collaboration with Cuesta College. 

"The program is ideal for adults who want to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of California's natural history," the article said. 

It's a resume-builder for those seeking jobs in environmental fields, and includes the option of four units of transferable UC credit for students.

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:40 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

Noah Crockette: From an 11-Year-Old Bohart Intern to an 18-Year-Old Entomology Student at Cornell

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, shares a laugh with Noah Crockette, now an entomology major at Cornell. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“Go as far as you can [young scientists]. The world needs you badly.”—E.O Wilson. That sign greets visitors to the Bohart Museum...

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 3:23 PM

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