vivid sunset

Feather River Phenomena

What are Feather River Phenomena? 
Feather River Phenomena are events and activities happening around us in the natural world. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day thousands of amazing mountain phenomena are happening. As a Mountain Kid, it is your challenge to go out every day and explore these phenomena.
To help you do that we have asked local scientists like Colin Dillingham, Abby Marshall, Jeff Lees, Ryan Bauer, Kurt Sable, Bennie Johnson, and our own Rob Wade. While we have a few videos here to help get you going please let us know what phenomenon you would like our scientists to share. Thank you to local scientists for supporting our Mountain Kids' learning!
Note: As you become more of an expert on a phenomenon, we want your voice to join us because you are a scientist too. Make a two minute video and share it with your teacher. She will pass it on to me and we will occasionally feature a Mountain Kid Scientist on this page. 
Local Scientist: Jeff Lees, Plumas National Forest
Nothing inspires like a big, old tree, especially one our cone-bearing conifers! Learn a little more about the biggest members of our forests. 
Local Scientist: Abby Marshall, Plumas National Forest, born and raised Portola Mountain Kid
As Winter turns to Spring migration of many species will bring seasonal members of our Wildlife community back home. From birds to butterflies, be watching for their exciting return!
Local Scientist: Bennie Johnson, Wildlife Biologist with Collins Pine
Come along with Bennie to see the emerging signs of Spring in Chester.
Local Scientist: Kurt Sable, Plumas National Forest Hydrologist
The winter snow is starting to melt and begin its journey to the Pacific from our watershed. Notice the water levels of rivers and creeks around you, and how they are changing.
Clouds are important signs of weather patterns and seasonal changes. Spend some time watching the amazing cloudscapes that flow across our big mountain skies.
Mountain Kids, Spring is the perfect time to look for wildflowers in our woods and valleys. Here, Rob Wade show us a beautiful Shooting Star.
Wood Violets are a yellow flower with the distinctive petals of a violet. Take a closer look with Rob Wade at a Spring wildflower.
Local Scientist: Bennie Johnson, Wildlife Biologist with Collins Pine
Ms. Johnson takes us out to look for Cascades frogs in the Chester area.
Local Scientist: Rachel Bauer, Plumas National Forest
Take a closer look at the amazing camouflage of the spotted owl.
The bog in Butterfly Valley, Plumas County, is home to the California Pitcher Plant, known as cobra lily or Darlingtonia. More accurately described as a fen, this wetland is home to some amazing carnivorous plants. The combination of cold, slow moving water, nutrient-poor soils and bright sun provide the perfect conditions for cobra lilies to thrive.