IVFROG – stewards of the woodland

Nearly a decade ago, a public land decision to log Hope Mountain in Takilma hit a snag. Led by community-minded folk, namely the late John Meengs, neighbors went into action. They wanted to preserve the clean, clear and cool waters of nearby Page Creek which meanders through their forested properties[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: by Christy Solo

It’s time to revisit and learn more about a crawly we met several years ago. Meet the forest alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata). The forest alligator is a southern alligator lizard and contrary to their name, they live all along the Pacific Coast.Northern alligator lizards live in the same area,[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri:

by Chrisy Solo This week’s crawly is a painted beauty. Meet the painted lady beetle (Mulsantina picta).It’s easy to see how the painted lady beetles got their name. While they vary a lot in color, from bright reds, yellows, greens and oranges to more subdued shades of brown and tan,[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri

Christy Pitto IVN contributing writer This week’s crawly is a rare visitor west of the Cascades, but if you’re lucky you just may see one. Meet the black-chinned hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri).The pictured black-chinned dropped by my feeders last week. I snapped his photo by pure chance. My aunt is visiting[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri

Christy Pitto This week’s crawly is bold and beneficial. Meet Chariessa elegans, a checkered beetle. While they don’t have a common name, we’ll call them the “elegant checkered beetle” for simplicity; “elegant” for short. Checkered beetles are in the Family Cleridae, a family with at least 300 species in North[Read More…]