Tar Spot Fungus (Rhytisma arbuti)

Tar Spot fungi (Rhytisma spp) would seem relatively easy to identify to genus – the black spots forming on leaves seem fairly distinctive – but I suspect it would be difficult to identify them to species apart from their occurrence on specific host species. The Pacific Northwest Fungi Database includes entries for many species of … Read more

Returning Coots

Last Friday I stopped by Swan Lake and noticed 3 American Coots feeding along the Lake Street shore about mid-way between the peninsula and the radio station. A short while later they started heading up the lake, though the one seen in this picture straggled behind a bit, allowing me time to get to a … Read more