Josiah has created a number of nature-related videos featuring both local flora and fauna.
More to come soon!
The Importance of California Blackberry
California Blackberry is the single most important wildlife plant to my knowledge. Here are some of the reasons why... That’s also to say showing people how to tell the difference between the native and Himalayan/Armenian Blackberry might be the most important Identity one can teach.
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) at Heron's Head San Francisco
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) in San Francisco's Heron's Head Park. Though more common in the fall in wetlands further from the coast, this species is notably rare in the city. I forgot who found this, but nice find! I believe September 2012. This bird was about the size of a Killdeer, notably smaller than the more more common Greater Yellowlegs. It also has a straighter, thinner bill than a Greater Yellowlegs. I love how it perks up when the first siren blips. https://www.facebook.com/JosiahClarkNaturalist
Birds and Wildlife
River Otter - Sutro Baths San Francisco
This individual was the first recorded in San Francisco in recent history and was found by birders who alerted me to its presence in the winter of 2013. Populations of this adaptable species have increased in the region and this was probably a dispersing young male that braved the ocean in search of new territory. It did well for itself at the Sutro Baths, catching crayfish and crabs and using the the jumbled rocks along the shoreline to hide away for long periods. This otter stayed for at least 6 months but eventually disappeared, likely it left in search of a mate and hopefully it found one. Its fun to think they might colonize SF parks, lakes and shoreline in time. https://www.facebook.com/JosiahClarkNaturalist
How to catch Herring with cast net at China Basin San Francisco - Jan 2013
Taking part in the abundant yet ephemeral herring run along the bayshore during the winter of 2013 after being told by local herring master Kirk Lombard. Here I am using a 6' cast net, which is good size to start with. Herring are great pickled and BBQ'd. They are also prized bait among my fishing friends. I often refer to it as the base of the fishermen's food chain. Smaller ones are best for salmon and halibut while bigger ones can help select for the bigger Lingcod and bottomfish. They are also great for crab. In the garden I use a digging bar to punch deep holes, then drop in a fish deep (to prevent pest) to the base of each plant and cave in the hole. They are great fertilizer! Herring are an amazing gift from the bay that appear to remain as resilient as they are abundant. Read more in Bay Nature: http://baynature.org/articles/san-francisco-bay-herring-running-at-mission-bay/ https://www.facebook.com/JosiahClarkNaturalist
Sea Otter in Morro Bay - San Luis Obispo County, California
A sea otter hangs out in the bullwhip kelp between feedings. This one seems to have a very red nose and may have some sort of skin irritation. The entire population of this species came from a tiny relict population rediscovered near Carmel after it was thought extinct due to over hunting. Sea Otters are the smallest marine mammal, a member of the weasel family and are a commonly used textbook example of a true "keystone species". https://www.facebook.com/JosiahClarkNaturalist
White Seabass by kayak at Half Moon Bay
Sept 2012 - Solo launch at 4am to the squid spawning grounds at Half Moon Bay. Out with the gorging birds at daybreak. Caught this 30+lb beast about 9:30am at the top of the tide. 30+ minute battle, was not well hooked. Prepared and eaten with great care, absolutely excellent. Close encounter with a surfacing Minke Whale that day and a few Buller's among thousands of Sooty Shearwaters. https://www.facebook.com/JosiahClarkNaturalist