PODCAST POSTED: Wildoak Living July 7 - Kate Marianchild - SECRETS OF THE OAK WOODLANDS
Here is a recording of my Monday, July 7 interview with local author Kate Marianchild about her new book, Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks. Click here to listen or download this interview.
The book is now available at local bookstores and at
Many Californians live in or near oak woodlands. Yet, while common, oak woodlands are anything but ordinary. In a book rich in illustration by Ann Meyer Maglinte, author Kate Marianchild gives us a glimpse into the marvels of oak woodland communities. She combines extensive research and years of personal experience to explore some of the marvelous plants and animals that the oak woodlands nurture.
Kate and Johanna talk about how she migrated to and fell in love with the oak woodlands ecosystem of inland Mendocino County in 2001. With a storyteller skill, Kate conveys up-to-the-minute scientific findings and introduces us to a host of remarkable creatures in a world close by, a world that “rustles, hums, and sings with the sounds of wild things”, for example, how:
- Acorn woodpeckers unite in marriages of up to ten mates and raise their young cooperatively.
- Ground squirrels roll in rattlesnake skins to hide their scent from hungry snakes.
- Manzanita’s rust-colored, paper-thin bark peels away in time for the summer solstice, exposing sinuous contours that are cool to the touch even on the hottest day.
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