Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 3: Bloomin' Weeds

This time of year the island is green. I mean really green. The main culprit is this plant, fondly known as Farallon Weed (Lasthenia maritime). It's one of the few plants that thrives in the high nitrogen environment of the seabird colony. The birds, especially the cormorants, love it for their nests and they spend much of their time busily weeding and arranging into piles as they prepare for the breeding season.

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