Author: Melissa

Wolf Update Lassen Pack

  By Melissa Wynn Photo courtesy of CDFW On December 28, 2011 the now famous gray wolf known as OR7 crossed the Oregon border into California, making him the first confirmed wild wolf in the state since 1924. Five and a half years later DNA testing confirmed one of his male descendants to be the alpha male of his own growing family in Lassen County. Dubbed the Lassen Pack this male and his mate produced four known pups, three shown here were captured on a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) trail camera on June 30, 2017. The...

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 Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee

By Jim Moore, Entomologist Living within the Mountain Meadows Basin in Lassen County, where Westwood is located, are more than 70 wild bee species; including Bumble bees, Mason bees, Cuckoo bees, Carpenter bees, Leaf-cutter bees, and others; just a small portion of the over sixteen hundred California wild bee species. Among those bee species is the Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee; whose scientific name is Megachile pugnata pomonae. What first amazed me about this bee was its’ very large mandibles. Most leaf-cutter bee species have larger mandibles than other bees. They use their mandibles to cut small circular shaped sections off the edges of leaves. Perhaps you have seen leaves, almost always lilac leaves in...

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Road Trip To Belden Town Resort

By Melissa Wynn Few places compare to the beauty of Plumas County along the wild and scenic Feather River. Rugged, forested terrain lines the river canyon along Highway 70 and that’s just where you will find Belden Town Resort. Perched on a hillside, on the edge of the Feather River’s north fork, it’s easy to see why visitors have been coming here to fish and relax for generations. On a lovely day in mid-spring my significant other and I decided to take an overnight retreat to shake off the cabin fever and welcome in a new season. Belden Town...

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Easy Oven Frittata Recipe

  Ingredients 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil or butter 8 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup diced ham 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile, heat oil or melt butter over medium heat on the stovetop in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Add the onions and bell pepper and simmer until softened and onions are clear, around 5 minutes. While the veggies cook beat the eggs with the milk, salt and pepper just till milk, whites...

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Easter Bunny With A Bow Tie – Cake Recipe

  Ingredients Cake 2 Sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1 cup milk 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 2/3 cups flour Frosting 2 – 7oz jars marshmallow cream 1 8-oz. block cream cheese warmed to room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Decorations 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut Pixie Stix. thin rope licorice and any other candies you like Directions Preheat oven to 350º. Coat 2 round eight inch cake pans with cooking spray, line with waxed paper and spray the paper too. Beat butter, sugar baking...

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