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huck tater has written 18 posts for feral nerdiness in the great basin

Buttermilk Biscuits

This post is to show one of my coworkers the buttermilk biscuits I made at Dot’s Diner in Boulder, CO. I was a line cook there for many years during undergrad, after undergrad and a bit in grad school. Dot’s was a largely wonderful place to work, at least in retrospect. I don’t miss hours … Continue reading

A Few Fires in Nevada

A quick post to talk a bit about fires we are having in Nevada in summer 2012. I put a map below that shows a general location of most of the larger fires and how the fire relates to sage-grouse habitat. The sage-grouse habitat category map is a work in progress. A quick and dirty … Continue reading

Bitterbrush flowers in a DRY spring

The winter/spring 2011-2012 was pretty awful for much of the west. It was especially bad around Reno. I did not get out much to ski in the local backcountry. Oh well. The previous winter was a huge year with boatloads of snow well into late spring. The recent lack of moisture translated into an underwhelming … Continue reading

Bitterbrush flowers in a DRY spring

The winter/spring 2011-2012 was pretty awful for much of the west. It was especially bad around Reno. I did not get out much to ski in the local backcountry. Oh well. The previous winter was a huge year with boatloads of snow well into late spring. The recent lack of moisture translated into an underwhelming … Continue reading

Field work, tedious measurements and why I bother

I read a post by a friend Christie Aschwanden on the mundaneness of science at the Last Word on Nothing blog. Christie makes excellent points and science is slow and tedious. I will say that I don’t always enjoy the repetitive nature of data collection but I do like the end products once the data … Continue reading

Post Fire Reveg Project

Headed out to Ely, NV to take care of some work chores. Among them was a visit to the Rye Grass fire that burned in 2010 on BLM and private land. For anyone who knows the area this fire was in the Kerns near the Deep Creek Range on the NV/UT border. There is a … Continue reading

Bristlecone Pines in the Schell Creek Range near Ely, NV

I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the point where I want to write blogposts on any consistent basis. Maybe I will and maybe I won’t. Anyway, field season 2012 is well underway in northern NV. Really different than last year. It is incredibly dry and that has meant fewer annual forbs and grasses … Continue reading

The son of collecting plants and field work

Got out to several places over the past week or so.  Met up with my west side minions in the Pine Nut Mountains south and east of Carson City.  On my way to finding the crews I spotted the gopher snake below and thought I should snap a pic or two and urge him/her to … Continue reading

Field Work Summer 2011

Got a late start on field work this year.  Too much snow to get into sites to sample vegetation.  Not too much snow to hoop and holler but it is difficult to identify plants under a foot or two of fresh powder.  I have 6 total minions this year, 4 that will be out of … Continue reading

2011 Tears, Fears and Beers bike race in Ely.

I lived in Ely a while back and the year after I left for Reno the Great Basin Trails Alliance got a mountain bike race started.  The race is an enduro and in keeping with enduro format winning is based on lowest accumulated times over several timed downhill sections.  The ups are at whatever pace … Continue reading

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