History of a Mountain Hemlock-

Michael Hagedorn

Years ago a student brought this Mountain Hemlock into a Seasonal session. We styled it in the fall of 2012, and it later made an appearance at the Artisans Cup and is now spending the year at the Portland Japanese Garden display. Please check it out if you drop through Portland, Oregon this year-

Here’s some early photos of this tree showing the progression in its styling:

Original front

Before restyling, 2012

The new front…

After Seasonal student’s work with new inclination, front, and placement of branches-

And how the Hemlock looks in 2018. It’s had over 5 years of development since the restyling and has been exceptionally handled by the owner. If you wish to see it, it’s on display at the Portland Japanese Garden this year-

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Kagawa BONSAI on Instagram: “丁寧な針金掛けです。 It is a polite wire hanger. . You can understand it from the bottom. The thickness of the wire is also…”

Malibu Lagoon Bird Walk Report April 22, 2018 Happy Earth Day


A beautiful day at the Lagoon as spring migration tails off. Maybe it’s a little earlier than usual this year. We had few ducks and shorebirds, but just enough for the edification of the ten or so new faces we welcomed to “our” lagoon. Some signs of renewal in the fifth year since the reconfiguration of the area: Black-crowned Night-herons exploring the trees around the lagoon, and a Red-winged Blackbird checking out the reeds, …for nesting? The best drama award went to the mom Snowy Plover sitting on her nest who bolted out of the protective wire exclosure when a pushy Killdeer approached. She put on an extensive broken-wing, distressed diversion and eventually led the Killdeer a good hundred feet from the nest.
Total 38 species. Not very rich for spring–more like a summer doldrums count. Maybe we’ll be surprised in May.

Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4

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All you wanted to know about Important Bird Areas

Hermanus Bird Club

Why should certain sites in South Africa be declared Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)? Where are these areas, and how are they identified and managed?

dale Dale Wright. Image by BirdLife SA.

Dale Wright, who will be the speaker at the Club meeting on Wednesday, could be called Mr IBA of the Western and Eastern Cape.

He focuses on the IBA Programme of BirdLife South Africa. More specifically, his job is to complete IBA Assessments of sites in these two provinces, and these are used to prioritise areas for conservation action.

According to BirdLife SA, the broader work programme requires his involvement in fundraising activities, building partnerships with other organisations, universities or members of the public, and commenting on development applications. He also sits on a number of steering committees and forums to ensure the needs of birds are accounted for in the management of various sites.

Dale will explain…

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The Moutonshoek community protect their land to conserve our natural heritage and the water catchment for the Verlorenvlei estuary

Hermanus Bird Club

Moutonshoek Valley_Credit Michael Price Moutonshoek Valley _ Credit Michael Price

Birdlife South Africa,  Media Release;  Cape Town, 23 April 2018

The Moutonshoek Protected Environment (MPE) is South Africa’s newest privately protected area, nestled in the mountains of the Moutonshoek valley, near Piketberg on South Africa’s west coast. The MPE was established through the work of BirdLife South Africa’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Programme, with support from CapeNature. This declaration of 9 000 hectares has helped achieve a major milestone for BirdLife South Africa, bringing the total hectares that the IBA Programme has helped declare as protected areas to 100 000 hectares.
The project not only facilitated the declaration of the Moutonshoek Protected Environment, but also assisted with the establishment of the 12 000 hectare Verlorenvlei Conservancy, which brings together landowners around the Verlorenvlei estuary committed to improving the environmental management of this critical site. The Verlorenvlei Protected Areas Project also facilitated the…

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