Guest Phenology Hike with Nature Ned | May 15, 2020

Introducing ACES' newest phenology expert: Nature Ned!

M&M bribes don't get my kids up the trail the way they used to. And the long, drawn out stories I tell on the trail where my boys are the heroes have all been told. They are no longer fooled by "it's just a short hike." So, that meant that it was time for me to get creative.

This past Saturday, all it took was a two-inch tall Lego mini-figurine and a camera and we were off with an extra spring in our step. My boys, Jack and Jesse, nicknamed the Lego man "Nature Ned" and decided that Ned was going hiking up Hunter Creek across the 10th Mountain Cut-off and down Smuggler Mountain. He was going to document the mid-May flowers. What did I think? Perfect. 

Scroll down to see the results of Ned's first phenology adventure!

~ Jim Kravitz, Director of Naturalist Programs

Field Horsetail, Equisetum arvense

Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia

Northern Scouring-rush, Equisetum variegatum

Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata

Nelson's Larkspur, Delphinium nuttallianum

Lanceleaf Violet, Viola vallicola

False Solomon's Seal, Maianthemum racemosum

Mountain Lover, Paxistima myrsinites

Red Columbine, Aquilegia elegantula

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid, Calypso bulbosa

Western Valerian, Valeriana occidentalis

Bulbous Woodland Star, Lithophragma glabrum

Perennial Rockcress, Boechera gracilenta

Lupine, Lupinus argenteus

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket, Ipomopsis aggregata

Heart Leafed Arnica, Arnica cordifolia

Gambel Oak, Quercus gambelli

Antelope Bitterbrush, Purshia tridentata

Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana

Pasqueflower, Pulsatilla nuttalliana

Mountain Tansymustard, Descurainia incana

Oregon Grape, Mahonia repens

Pale Agoseris, Agoseris glauca

Blacktip Senecio, Senecio atratus

Western Wallflower, Erysimum capitatum

Spring Beauty, Claytonia lanceolata

Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea

Kinnikinick, Arcostaphylos uva-ursi

Blue eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora

Porcupine chew?

Swamp donkey poo

Western Tent Caterpillars, Malacosoma californicum

Quite a view!