Dunes in Flight: the Double-crested Cormorant

i Apr 17th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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Common name: Double-crested Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax auritus

Family: Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants and shags)


Dunes in Bloom: Arroyo Willow

i Apr 7th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

Arroyo Willow at OFL

Common Name(s): Arroyo Willow

Scientific Name: Salix lasiolepis

Family: Salicaceae

Plant Type: Branching shrub or small tree

Size: Up to 30′ (more…)

Dunes in Flight: the Cinnamon teal

i Mar 14th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

cinnamon teal bannerCommon name: Cinnamon teal

Scientific name: Anas cyanoptera

Family: Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans) (more…)

Dunes in Bloom: Ceanothus

i Feb 29th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center


Common Name(s): Greestem Ceanothus, California Lilac

Scientific Name: Ceanothus spinosus

Family: Rhamnaceae

Plant Type:  Evergreen shrub

Size: Ceanothus range from ground huggers to small trees, 3-7 feet tall. (more…)

Ripples: Finding Order amid Chaos: Part 1

i Feb 20th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

Ripples_Ridges BannerMost of us have been to the beach and noticed a peculiar pattern in the sand or mud. This pattern is usually composed of a series of ridges and depressions, which altogether we call “ripples.” Sometimes the ridges are spaced very far apart, other times they are close together (this is known as the “frequency” of ripples). Sometimes the tops of each ridge rise up very high, and other times they remain low-lying (this is known as the “amplitude” of ripples). And ripples never form in perfect lines; they often cut each other off, are irregular in shape, and seem to disappear or fade away with little to no reason. (more…)

Dunes in Bloom: Dune Buckwheat

i Jan 27th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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Common Name(s): Dune Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat, Cliff Buckwheat, Seacliff Buckwheat

Scientific Name: Eriogonum parvifolium

Family: Buckwheat Family- Polygonaceae

Plant Type: Dicot

Size:  1-2′ tall, sprawls to 4′ wide (more…)