Dr. Frank Lang

Jefferson Monthly Contributor

Frank A. Lang, emeritus professor of biology at Southern Oregon University, taught systematic botany, plant ecology, conservation of natural resources, and biological illustration. He holds degrees in botany from Oregon State College (B.S.), the University of Washington (M.S.), and the University of British Columbia (Ph.D.). Retirement activities include the publication of two volumes of Nature Notes which aired on JPR for over a decade, as well as continuing his Nature Notes column in the Jefferson Monthly.  Frank continues to be interested in the vegetation and flora of the Klamath Ecoregion and the history of the botanical exploration of the Pacific Northwest. He serves on the Jackson County Natural Resources Advisory Committee and the Medford District Bureau of Land Management Natural Resources Advi­sory Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Crater Lake Natural History Association and as associate editor of Kalmiopsis, the Native Plant Society of Oregon journal. He was born and raised in Olympia Washington by parents who expressed no great surprise at what might be in the freezer.

Nature Notes
3:18 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cottonwoods And Poplars

This fluff comes from female cottonwood trees, whose seeds burst into tufts of downy fibers that float aimlessly on the wind.
Credit Andi Willman

Here is another Nature Note inspired by Rupert, Nature Note’s West Highland white terrier. For those of you who don’t know, Westies, as they are called by those in the know, are a very close relative to the Cairn terrier. For those of you who don’t know Cairn terriers, Toto, the small black dog in the Wizard of Oz was one. Both are Scottish breeds designed by farmers to chase to ground small mammals and dig them out. Their stout short tails are the result of being pulled out of the hole when farmers decided they wanted to move on.

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