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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 66 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 66
morn, the endless procession went on all day, and far into the night, the call of the migrants we heard overhead as we lay snug in our beds. The quiet autumn days were wonderfully animated by this marvelous procession. Or, again, in days of wind, they must fight upwards:  _Etched on the East, like lines on lead, Against the wind the wild geese climb._  At the Faculty Club this morning, at the breakfast table, Dr. Wills said: _I am listening for geese, but have heard none yet. In the old days they began to come from the north from October 8 to 14; after that there were at once vast hordes of them._ _ Oct. 1, 1937. That is to say the skies were alive with them.  -At Little Oak and the round-about valley floor were numerous doves. One saw them sitting on the fence lines, one heard them in the trees _ their soothing note mellowed the air and proclaimed the sweet lace of the countryside. When far away or here in Berkeley I miss most their gentle note.  ::::::::: The Trees of the Vaca Mts. The Vaca Mts. is an arid range with few species of trees and limited woodland, but abundant chaparral. It seems to me likely that the range once had more extensive woodlands than at present, and probably possessed species not existing now in this range. It would seem likely to have had Pinus ponderosa. The altitude is sufficient though the dryness is a point against it. Nevertheless the range may have had at one time moister conditions. Repeated fires make a fair land into a desert land. The presence of Torreya californica in the range is an indication of fairer woodlands at one time in the past than now. Further, neat M. Tate tells me that he has found Arbutus Menziesii _ in the range, I think he said Gates Canyon. This a most  _I myself saw it earlier.
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