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    Photos of the Month: May
    • May 31, 2019
    The CNDDB showcases selected photo submissions received through the Online Field Survey Form each month. This is the May 2019 edition.

    During the month of May, the CNDDB got some great photos along with many link opens in new windowOnline Field Survey Form submissions. With the weather warming up, emerging plant and animal species can be seen more easily which can lead to great photo opportunities! Here are our favorites from this month.

    Aquila chrysaetos – golden eagle
    Submitted by Kathy Kayner

    flying female golden eagle

    male golden eagle by nest

    Kathy spotted male and female golden eagles with a nest near El Dorado Hills in west El Dorado County. She was able to get the female in flight and the male perched next to their impressively built nest! The golden eagle is a California Fish and Wildlife Fully Protected species. The database currently has 259 mapped golden eagle occurrences in 34 counties across California. Thank you Kathy, for your contribution!

    Streptanthus albidus ssp. peramoenus – most beautiful jewelflower
    Submitted by Kristi Lazar of the California Natural Diversity Database

    closeup of the most beautiful jewelflower

    Kristi, CNDDB's very own botanist, found these interesting flowers in Contra Costa County along a trail she was hiking. It is more commonly known as the "most beautiful jewelflower," which it certainly lives up to. Streptanthus albidus ssp. peramoenus has a longer blooming period that includes the spring and summer months, perfect timing for those out to enjoy a hike. It is a California Rare Plant Rank 1B.2 plant, only found in the Coast Ranges of California. Thank you Kristi, for such an amazing photo!

    Do you have some great photos of rare plant or wildlife detections? Submit them along with your findings through our link opens in new windowOnline Field Survey Form and see if your photos get showcased!

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