Lichen: Exploring Microecosystems in Your Backyard

Other Lichen Uses & Users Clothing, wound absorbent, diapers, model train shrubbery, and an ingredient in concrete, perfume, and deodorant. Some lichens are being studied as new sources of antibiotics and medicines. Camouflage for; lizards, moths, tree frogs and other insects.                   If you enjoyed this post, you might also like Bird’s … Read More

Drone Filming Behind the Scenes with Titus Davis

In the fall of 2019, Titus Davis of Lodestone Drone Productions, joined me to help tell more of the Deer Creek Watershed story. With his drone and special flying license, we met at several locations to film. Titus is a longtime Nevada County resident. Taking him hiking through the Black Swan Preserve was a pleasure because he enjoyed the new … Read More

Deer Creek Bridges – Elevations & History

From the highest elevation to lowest, here are views of bridges crossing Deer Creek along with some history. Boulder Street Bridge, Nevada City – Elevation 2,512′  (Near Lefty’s Grill & the Stone House) Pine Street Bridge, Nevada City – Elevation 2,445′   Tribute Trail  – Angkula Seo  Suspension Bridge – Elevation 2,400′ (built by Seattle Bridge LLC) Tribute Trail – … Read More

Technology Practice before the Multimedia Story Show in March

From March 4th through April 15th, the South Pine Cafe (in Grass Valley) will host a Following Deer Creek Multimedia Story Show. What is a Multimedia Story Show? It’s a display of traditional art pieces, and digital designs printed on clothing and housewares accompanied by QR codes linking to web pages for each subject. When planning for a multimedia show, … Read More

Deer Tick, a Questing Bloodsucker

In California, the Western gray squirrel is known to harbor the bacterium –Borrelia burgdorferi– that causes Lyme Disease. Ticks pick this up during their first or second blood meal. Lizards – Western Lyme Heros   While in the larva or nymph stage, ticks frequently find lizard hosts.  A protein in lizard blood kills the Lyme disease causing bacteria.   Lizards … Read More