Sunday, 25 February 2024


A Scarlet Fritillaria and hummingbird. Photo courtesy of Nita Winter and Rob Badger.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Spectacular California wildflower photography will be the topic at the Jan. 18 Zoom meeting of the Redbud Audubon Society at 7 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter will share scenes of their 27-year journey photographing wildflowers and super-bloom landscapes throughout California and the West.

This decades-long journey led to the creation of their award-winning coffee-table book, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change," co-published with the California Native Plant Society.

The book, which has won 12 awards, is a celebration of California’s amazing plant diversity.

The book’s stories about the wildflowers are to inspire hope and action on climate change, and the book serves as a companion to their traveling educational exhibit.

Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for more than three decades.

Nita Winter and Rob Badger. Courtesy photo.

Their work has been featured in Time, Mother Jones, and Sierra magazines, the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times.

They are the recent recipients of the Sierra Club’s 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

The photographs in their book are not intended to show the effects of climate change on wildflowers.

Rather, Rob and Nita share what scientists, including some of the authors who contributed to their book, are learning about how climate change is affecting wildflowers and what we can do to protect them.

To register for the program, click on the registration link on the homepage of Redbud Audubon’s website. The Zoom link for the program will be sent on the day of the presentation.

A Calypso Orchid being photographed by Rob Badger. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — The Mendocino National Forest is recruiting for firefighters.

The Mendocino National Forest is recruiting for its 2024 wildland fire on-call program.

Anyone 18 or older can sign up and get paid to be trained as a firefighter.

Attend one of their in-person hiring days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 to 17, in Upper Lake at 10025 Elk Mountain Road.

After training and passing the "pack test," you'll be rostered for the summer season.

Register online or send them a message on Facebook @MendocinoNF.

Deadline to register is Feb. 1.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Office of Emergency Services in coordination with local agencies to host ag pass and incident safety course for commercial agricultural lands or livestock producers and permitted commercial cannabis producers.

This informational course is optional but highly encouraged to understand how to obtain an Ag Pass to tend to properties during a wildfire evacuation.

The ag pass program is for any commercial agricultural lands or livestock producer (including cannabis) who may want to tend to their property during a wildfire evacuation.

The course will include an overview of the program, how to obtain and utilize the pass and an introduction to wildfire incidents as related to ag pass holders.

To encourage participation, courses are planned around the county. Attendees need only attend one of the following:

• Saturday, Feb. 10: Scotts Valley Women’s Club, 2298 Hendricks Road, Lakeport; 1 to 5 p.m., ag and livestock; 6 to 10 p.m., cannabis.

• Monday, Feb. 12: Lake County Fire Protection District, 14815 Olympic Drive, Clearlake; 8 a.m. to noon, ag and livestock; 1 to 5 p.m., cannabis.

• Thursday, Feb. 15: South Lake County Fire Protection District, 21095 State Highway 175, Middletown; 8 a.m. to noon, cannabis; 1 to 5 p.m., ag and livestock.

To register and for more information visit or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Eastlake Landfill and the Public Services Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Eastlake Landfill and the Public Services office will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Regular operating hours at the landfill are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Public Services Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding this subject or any solid waste topics in Lake County, please call 707-262-1618.

From left to right, Mariana Rivas, Audrey Panella, Quinn Siefert, Admelia Kennedy and Maylee Antoni; bottom left to right, Maya Morris, Avery Gray Andrus, Gianna Fawn Biagi, Alexis Pollard-McGrath, Jocelyn Panella and Addilyn Kennedy. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — In a heartwarming tradition that embodies the true spirit of community and compassion, Kelseyville Girl Scout Troop No. 10145 took the lead in organizing and hosting the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Kelseyville Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m.

For the eighth consecutive year, the troop, known for its dedication to service, collaborated with local businesses, friends, family, 4-H groups and fellow scouting organizations to continue the mission of remembering, honoring and teaching.

This year's event held a special significance as the troop not only hosted the ceremony but also organized it, showcasing their growing commitment to the cause.

The ceremony, filled with heartfelt moments, saw children from the troop taking center stage as they delivered poignant speeches and served as emcees.

“The mission here is to ‘Remember, Honor and Teach.’ What better way to learn than to do, and that's just what our kids are doing," said event coordinator Allison Panella.

The youth speakers for the ceremony included Mariana Rivas, Audrey Panella, Quinn Siefert, Chandler Johnson and Emily Anderson, representing not just the troop but also the broader community, with participants from Big Valley 4-H joining hands with Kelseyville Girl Scout Troop No. 10145 and No. 10490.

What sets the Kelseyville event apart is the active participation of children in every aspect, from organizing to leading the ceremony.

Following the moving tribute, all 13 troop members from Girl Scout Troop 10145 embarked on an inspiring act of kindness by shopping for every child currently residing at the Kelseyville Shelter.

“Today was a day of service and reflection for our troop. I am so impressed with the compassion and leadership every one of our girls poses; they are truly inspiring,” said Troop Leader Miasha Rivas.

The troop's goal for the year is to place wreaths on all 515 veteran graves at Kelseyville Cemetery, and they are inviting the community to join hands and hearts in this mission.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, and community members are encouraged to participate in the wreath-laying activity following the ceremony.

To be a part of this heartwarming tradition, sponsor a wreath, or contribute to the troop's mission, please visit Wreaths Across America - Kelseyville Cemetery or contact Allison Panella.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Rotary Club of Lakeport has unveiled an exciting lineup of distinguished speakers for its January luncheons.

The Rotary Club, known for its commitment to community service, invites members and the public to join these engaging sessions held at O'Meara Brothers Brewing Co. in Lakeport, 901 Bevins St., every Wednesday at noon.

If invited by a Rotarian, attendance is free, otherwise the cost is $17.

Kicking off the month’s meetings on Jan. 10, the Rotary Club welcomes Tim Stephens, the chief executive officer of Sutter Lakeside Hospital. Stephens will share insights into the ever-evolving landscape of health care, discussing innovations, challenges, and the hospital's role in serving the Lakeport community.

On Jan. 17, Mireya Turner, director of Lake County Community Development, will discuss the critical role of community development in shaping the future of Lakeport. Turner's presentation will cover ongoing projects, economic strategies and the importance of community collaboration for sustainable growth.

Wrapping up the month on Jan. 31, Carolyn Ruttan, co-founder of the Clear Lake Environmental Research Center, will share her expertise on environmental conservation and the center's efforts to promote ecological awareness. Attendees will gain valuable insights into preserving the natural beauty of Clear Lake.

The Rotary Club of Lakeport extends an open invitation to community members and local businesses to attend these informative luncheons, fostering a spirit of collaboration and shared knowledge.

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