[Wildflower Bloom Reports for Oregon and Washington]

Wildflower Bloom for Central and Eastern Washington

2011

 

 


Wildflower Bloom in central and eastern Washington in Previous Seasons

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July 12, 2011: Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, accessed via Lakeside Road

July 6, 2011: Interstate 90 between Spokane, WA and Ritzville, WA, including the old Sprague Highway between Fishtrap Lake and Sprague Washington.

July 5, 2011: Valley Trail, Little Spokane River Natural Area

July 3, 2011: Painted Rocks Trail, Little Spokane River Natural Area

June 29, 2011: Washington Highway SR 14 between US Highway 97 and US Highway 395

June 18, 2011: BLM Parcel, Klickitat River Canyon (A Rare Care hike.)

June 17, 2011: Klickitat State Wildlife Area (A Rare Care hike.)

June 12, 2011: Patterson Mountain (Washington Department of Natural Resources lands) A Washington Native Plant Society hike.

June 11, 2011: Davis Canyon Natural Area Preserve A Washington Native Plant Society hike.

June 10, 2011: Lookout Mountain (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest) A Washington Native Plant Society hike.

June 9, 2011: US Highway 97 (Ellensburg, WA to US Highway 2)

June 9, 2011: US Highway 97 (from Washington Highway SR 14 to Toppenish, WA)

May 16, 2011: Washington Highway SR14 between US Highway 395 and US Highway 97

May 13, 2011: Escure Ranch on Rock Creek, SE of Sprague, WA (BLM) (Botany Washington: A Washington Native Plant Society hike)

May 12, 2011: Valley Trail from the Painted Rocks Trailhead, Little Spokane Natural Area (Botany Washington: A Washington Native Plant Society hike)

May 8, 2011: BLM & DNR Parcels T4N R14E S16 & S17 (middle Klickitat River drainage)

May 8, 2011: Klickitat Trail - Wahkiacus Trailhead at Horseshoe Bend Road to Klickitat Springs and lower slopes above the trail.

May 7, 2011: Eightmile Creek, Crawford Oaks to the Dalles Mt. Ranch

May 1, 2011: Bowman Creek Preserve, Columbia Land Trust

April 26, 2011: Company Road (old paved logging road between Wahkiacus and Leidl Park along the west bank of the Klickitat River)

April 20, 2011: BLM Parcel near Washington Highway 14 at T3n R20E S20 NW1/4 (WTU Herbarium Foray)

April 20, 2011: BLM Parcel along Washington Highway 14 at T3N R18# S14 SW1/4 (WTU Herbarium Foray)

April 12, 2011: Klickitat Trail - Wahkiacus Trailhead at Horseshoe Bend Road to Klickitat Springs and lower slopes above the trail.

April 12, 2011: BLM & DNR Parcels T4N R14E S16 & S17 (middle Klickitat River drainage)

April 3, 2011: Dillacort Canyon (Mouth of Dillacourt Creek at SR142 east along a 4WD road following the creek through Columbia Land Trust, Klickitat Wildlife Area and Washington State Forestry lands.).

March 18, 2011: Klickitat Trail - Wahkiacus Trailhead at Horseshoe Bend Road to Klickitat Springs and slopes above the trail.

March 12, 2011: Dillacort Canyon (Mouth of Dillacourt Creek at SR142 east through Columbia Land Trust, Klickitat Wildlife Area and Department of Natural Resources lands.)

March 5, 2011: BLM & DNR Parcels T4N R14E S16 & S17 (middle Klickitat River drainage)

March 5, 2011: Wildflower bloom so far is slower than in 2010 throughout the Gorge and foothills of the east Cascades. Warm weather is expected into mid-March which should help speed up the flower bloom. Recent snows still linger on the upper slopes of Catherine Creek and Burdoin Mt.. The snowline becomes higher the farther east one drives with the snow level at about 1600' in the Columbia Hills. The north side of the Columbia Hills are completely snow-covered as is High Prairie and the upper slopes of upper Swale Canyon.

Along the Columbia River between Bingen and Lyle, the pungent desert parsleys (Lomatium grayi) are still about the size they were on February 20. One nice-sized (but frosted) Columbia desert parsley (Lomatium columibanum) was observed in bloom on a rocky slope about 200 meters west of the rest area on SR14. A few Yelllow bells (Fritillaria pudica) are now in bloom on sunny slopes east of Lyle as far east as Maryhill. A number of desert shooting stars (Dodecatheon conjugens) are blooming along the Klickitat Trail between the Fisher Hill trailhead and Wahkiacus as well as at Horsethief Butte. The leaves of poet's shooting stars (Dodecatheon poeticum) are coming up along the Klickitat River and in vernally wet areas as high as 1500' and some may be in bloom shortly with warmer weather expected this next week. Salt and pepper (Lomatium piperi) are widespread everywhere up to 2000' with possibly some Gormann's salt and pepper (Lomatium gormannii) mixed in. Spring whitlow-grass (Draba verna) are also widespread up to 1500' where they are just beginning to bloom.

Klickitat Trail and Washington Highway 142: Large patches of gold stars (Crocidium multicaule) are now in bloom at various locations along the Klickitat. A fair amount of pungent desert parsleys (Lomatium grayii) and biscuitroots (Lomatium macrocarpum) are now blooming along this route. A few grass widows (Olsynium douglasii var. douglasii) are now blooming along the Klickitat River with the bloom just starting at 1500'. The leaves of a few velvet lupines (Lupinus leucophyllus) are now emerging as high as 1500' along the Klickitat with evidence of a few of the other large species of lupines beginning to leaf out.

February 20, 2011: Company Road (old paved logging road between Wahkiacus and Leidl Park along the west bank of the Klickitat River)

February 20, 2011: Wildflower bloom has started along the Klickitat River. A number of large patches of gold stars (Crocidium multicaule) were observed in bloom at various locations with sun exposure. A fair amount of pungent desert parsleys (Lomatium grayii) were also observed. Several obscure buttercups (Ranunculus triternatus), sagebrush buttercups (Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus) and possibly the Canyon Creek buttercup (unknown species, looks like R. triternatus but with wider, flat leaf segments) were observed. I also saw a number of desert shooting stars (Dodecatheon conjugens) with the inflorescence beginning to peak up between the basal leaves. They should begin blooming soon once the upcoming cold spell is finished. I only saw one immature bald eagle during the day, so most of them seem to have moved on to other food locations.

Along the Columbia River between Bingen and Lyle, about one-half of the pungent desert parsleys (Lomatium grayi) are now in bloom although plants are still very small. One nice-sized Columbia desert parsley (Lomatium columibanum) was observed in bloom on a rocky slope about 200 meters west of the rest area on SR14. It is possible that yellow bells (Fritillaria pudica) could soon be in bloom on sunny slopes east of Lyle.

February 9, 2011: Washington Highway 142. Pungent desert parsley (Lomatium grayi) was observed beginning to bloom in a seep just uphill from the Canyon Creek bridge where the highway climbs east from the Klickitat River towards Goldendale.

February 5, 2011: Bowman Creek Preserve, Columbia Land Trust (Western Gray Squirrel Monitoring)


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