Great Outdoors

In a North State Garden and Two New Friends

On Tuesday April 8th, I hosted a special edition of In a North State Garden during Northstate Public Radio’s Spring Membership drive the theme for which has been “A Steady Stream.” With this in mind, my special was a celebration of the steady stream of garden, nature, ecology and local food programming that North State [...]

27th Annual Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race

The 27th Annual Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race will be held at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area near Redding on Saturday, April 26. The parking lot at Whiskeytown Lake’s Brandy Creek Marina will be the start/finish area for the 2014 event. On-site registration and check-in will open at 7 a.m. and the race will start [...]

Dedication of the Parkville Ranch Conservation Easement Home of the David DuBose Nature Preserve

Sunday, April 6, 2014; Parkville Ranch; 5810 Parkville Road Anderson, CA You are invited to come and visit the historic Parkville Ranch for the dedication of the David DuBose Nature Preserve and a conservation easement for the property. Sandra DuBose has donated a permanent conservation easement on the nearly 150 year old Parkville Ranch in [...]

Sandy Dubose: Generous Spirit Keeps on Giving

Like many people in Shasta County, I was thrilled to learn recently of the preservation of the Parkville Ranch with a conservation easement administered through the Shasta Land Trust. As the Ranch could otherwise be sold for development purposes at a much higher price, this action amounts to a large gift to the public and [...]

Gardening in Times of Drought Workshop

Gardening in Times of Drought is the subject of an inter-active workshop, free and open to the public, presented by Wayne Kessler, this Sunday, April 6, starting at 2:00 in the Social Hall of First United Methodist Church, South and East Streets, Redding. Topics will include best methods to regulate and conserve water; useful equipment; tips and techniques. Hosted [...]

Man-made Nesting Boxes Help Local Wood Ducks Thrive

Throughout our local waterways – from the ACID canal to the Sacramento River – you’ll see ducks. North American Wood Ducks to be exact. The only North American waterfowl that breed twice in the same season. over the years these colorful birds have faced hard times. With over hunting and loss of habitat, they came [...]

Shasta Chapter CNPS Spring Native Plant Sale – April 10 – 12

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 10th, 11th and 12th – the Redding-based Shasta Chapter of the California Native Society will hold their annual spring plant sale open to the public.

Penstemons: Colorful Western Perennials for the North State Garden

PHOTO: Foothills penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus) in vigorous summer bloom in a low-water Chico home garden. Some people call them beardtongue – the visual image of which always made me laugh as a girl. Now – as an adult gardener whose criteria for garden plants include: provide color, attract insects and birds, low maintenance, low water [...]

The Wildflowers of Table Mountain, a Naturalist’s Guide – 2nd Edition (Color)

Despite a long and primarily dry winter, just this week I saw some of the most colorful, lovely and resilient wildflowers – rich yellow Douglas’s violets (Viola douglasii ‘Steudel’) and shooting stars (Dodecatheon sp.). While I know it will not be a banner wildflower year, I know that even the small and few wildflowers that [...]


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