Wild Mount Diablo provides a series of short videos highlighting a rare, threatened, or unique native plant or animal. Each clip focuses on the natural history, ecological role, or conservation status, and helps you appreciate why it matters—or why it's cool.
Presented by Mount Diablo Interpretive Association. Produced by Joan Hamilton, Wally De Young, Kendall Paul Oei, and Staci Hobbet.
Wally De Young
Kendall Paul Oei
Mount Diablo hosts large congregations of ladybugs in winter. Perhaps you've seen them? Masses of writhing, reddish-orange beetles in a shady canyon? It can be an arresting, even creepy, sight. Which is all part of their clever survival plan.
A Mount Diablo Interpretive Association video featuring naturalist Ken Lavin. Images by Arnold Joe, Scott Hein, and Kendall Oei. Music by Daniel Kaede. Produced by Joan Hamilton. Adapted from "Mitchell Canyon" Audible Mount Diablo, 2017.
Ah . . . fall on Mount Diablo! Golden grasses, auburn chamise, and bare deciduous oaks. But wait! Some of the oaks' branches are festooned with a green, beach-ball-size plant. The Druids considered it the soul of the tree. But the real story is more complicated!
A Mount Diablo Interpretive Association video featuring naturalist Ken Lavin. Produced by Joan Hamilton. Videography and photos by Kendall Oei, with Wally De Young, Staci Hobbet, and Neal Kramer. Music by Miguel Angel Albentosa Bo. Adapted from "Plants of Twin Peaks," Audible Mount Diablo, 2013.