Shane Brown is a lifelong naturalist and the caretaker at Big Oak Canyon, Earthroots 39-acre property in Silverado, California. This blog is a highlight reel of his experiences at Big Oak Canyon.
Big Oak Canyon Highlights
Here’s a peek at what some of the animals and plants at Big Oak Canyon are up to this fall.
October was marked by several days of dry, gusty Santa Ana winds, big swings in temperature, and the return of the wintering birds, like hermit thrushes, kinglets, and juncos! Days are getting short, nights are getting chilly, the land is parched, and the leaves are falling off the elm trees. Forest kindergarten sang rain songs for the rain to arrive soon!
Projects and Discoveries:
Last Month’s Trivia:
Why did the scorpion cross the road?
Because a road was built across where it lives
What medicine was first derived from willow bark?
acetylsalicylic acid (aka aspirin)
What do the roots of alder trees do for the soil?
They are nitrogen fixers, meaning the excrete nitrogen compounds into the soil.
What is the name of the insect commonly found eating the insides of acorns? The acorn weevil is the most common insect found eating acorns, and their larvae are called grubs.
This Month’s Trivia:
What do tarantula hawk wasps eat?
Why can fossils of sea creatures be found so far inland in the mountains?
What color dye can you get from walnut husks?
What is one building material that is fire-proof, natural, insulative, sturdy, cheap, and can be shaped into any form imaginable?