September 2015


By Marlayna Kirby
While leading groups through the forests of Little Basin I often stop to admire the newts living in the shallow creek or wandering along the forest floor. Rough Skinned Newts (Taricha granulosa) are an interesting amphibian inhabitant of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Both children and adults alike find them fascinating.

From the Forests of Little Basin

He’s a fungi!
Many strange and interesting living organisms make their homes within the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I find fungi an intriguing and unique organism to encounter. Last weekend the Junior Ranger program focused on decomposition. We explored decaying logs and combed the forest floor for fungi.