Journal archives for April 2020

April 01, 2020

First Nature Neighbor - a spider!

Could you post a spider from your home or your yard?
Spiders make great neighbors - they eat different insects and other invertebrates, and don't make a mess.

Posted on April 01, 2020 23:49 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 10, 2020

10th Nature Neighbor

Our nature neighbor today is a dandelion! Dandelions are non-native plants that are very common in our lawns. They might be weeds, but they are important nonetheless - they are great nectar plants for bees!

Posted on April 10, 2020 22:37 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 17, 2020

April 17 Nature Neighbors - mammals!

Our nature neighbors today are Mammals! Which mammals can you find around your home? Most mammal are pretty shy, hiding during the day. Other mammals are too arrogant, and would walk (or hop) into our yard even when we are there. Can you find mammal tracks or scat (= a nice word for animal poop) in your yard?

Posted on April 17, 2020 22:41 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 02, 2020

2nd Nature Neighbor - a squirrel!

Today, try and find a squirrel in your yard or near your home, and post it to our project!

Posted on April 02, 2020 16:22 by merav merav | 4 comments | Leave a comment

April 11, 2020

April 11 Nature Neighbor Challenge - sound observation!

Continuing on our Meet Your Nature Neighbors iNaturalist project, let’s try something new. Record a sound observation, then upload it via computer. Try to include a photo in your observation. Sound observations are great for birds and other animals that are difficult to photograph, but you can hear them easily. You can use “Voice Memos” or any similar app.

Learn how to add a photo or sound to an observation:

Posted on April 11, 2020 17:48 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 25, 2020

April 25 Nature Neighbor - butterflies and moths!

Our nature neighbors today are butterflies and moths! For the second day of the City Nature Challenge, let’s focus on another under-represented group. There are probably many undocumented species of butterflies and moths in the urban environment. For an easy challenge, look for butterflies around native flowers. For a hard one, set a moth light in your balcony or yard at night. It could be as simple as a white t-shirt and a flashlight, or a white sheet with a UV light if you’ve got one!

Posted on April 25, 2020 20:37 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 12, 2020

April 12 Nature Neighbor - ants!

Our nature neighbor today is an ant! Take a photo of ants in your kitchen and in your yard. Do they look the same? Are they different from ants you might see in a natural habitat? To learn more about Bay Area ants, download a free ant flier from website

Posted on April 12, 2020 16:27 by merav merav | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 13, 2020

April 13 Nature Neighbor - wildflowers!

Our nature neighbors today are wildflowers! It is still spring out there, so go out for a little walk if you can, and try to find a wildflower. Please take photos of naturally growing wildflowers, not planted ones. If you do choose to take a photo of a cultivated flower, please mark it as cultivated when entering the observation.

Posted on April 13, 2020 18:40 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 06, 2020

North side - 4/1/2020

April 1st, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30 am – 11:30 am: 0 live newts, 29 new dead newts, a few juveniles.
The weather was cold.
All newts observed today were new, as I removed everything last week. Today I also removed all newts but one from the road. I recorded the one that was left. I think it rained last over the weekend, and those 3-4 days that have passed were enough for some of the newts to dry completely. Some were already very difficult to remove from the road.
Other roadkills - some earthworms, millipedes, camel cricket, moth, snail, and a Western Skink. I also saw a live honey bee and a male honey bee on the road, and removed them.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0 in; YTD: 18.07 in). Data from -
Traffic: 8 trucks, 24 cars (including County Parks maintenance pickup trucks), 8 bikes, 11 pedestrians.

Posted on April 06, 2020 06:13 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Meet Your Nature Neighbors!

While sheltering-in-place we can still enjoy nature!
I would like to invite all my local friends to join our new project - Meet Your Nature Neighbors! All you need to do, is make an observation around your home or within walking distance, and share it on our new project -
Each day we will have a challenge - something you need to find that day. But feel free to add any observation you make around your home. Let's see how many species we can find!

Posted on April 06, 2020 18:44 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment