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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii): A Splash in the Birdbath – 6 in a series from My Word

July 8th, 2016 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii): A Splash in the Birdbath – 6 in a series from My Word 

This Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has become an almost daily visitor to the garden in the last few weeks, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors.

In this video, an initial splash in the birdbath..

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii): A Splash in the Birdbath - 6 in a series from My Word

 

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Event: A Bintel Brief – A New Musical by Ken LaZebnik and Leslie Steinweiss – Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ 3 pm

July 7th, 2016 Comments off

Event: A Bintel Brief - A New Musical by Ken LaZebnik

Continuing his post-high school theater work, our son, Joseph Welch, will be appearing in this staged reading of our friend’s latest play, The Bintel Brief.

“100 years ago, Jewish immigrants to America sent letters to The Daily Forward’s column “A Bintel Brief)” (a bundle of letters), seeking advice about everything from labor disputes to romantic troubles. The editor, Abraham Cahan, responded as a kind of a Yiddish Dear Abby, offering advice and reassurance. The letters in “A Bintel Brief” remain a vivid and moving document of what it means to be newly arrived in America.

The new musical A Bintel Brief dramatizes those letters and the immigrant experience, which is universal and unchanging. Our cast represents the diversity of the immigrant experience: the letters may have been written in Yiddish, but the joys and sorrows are the same in any language.”

A Bintel Brief – A New Musical

Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 3 pm

The Pico- Union Project
1153 Valencia Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup – 5 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

July 4th, 2016 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup – 5 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch 

This Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has become an almost daily visitor to the garden in the last few weeks, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors.

In this video, more Cooper’s Hawk closeups.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup - 5 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

 

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“Burbank & Bird” Clothing, Bags, Covers, Cases and Art – 20% Off Holiday Sale via Instagram [Photo]

July 4th, 2016 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup – 4 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

June 30th, 2016 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup – 4 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch 

This Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has become an almost daily visitor to the garden in the last few weeks, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors.

In this video, you can see the hawk in closeup and in direct sunlight.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup - 4 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

 

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup – 3 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

June 26th, 2016 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup – 3 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch 

This Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has become an almost daily visitor to the garden in the last few weeks, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors.

In this video, you can see the hawk in closeup.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Closeup - 3 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

 

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Friends of the Island Fox at Lush today with their new Charity Pot! #island fox #channelislandfox #fif #charity #event via Instagram [Photo]

June 25th, 2016 Comments off

California Wildfire Information 2016 – A collection of resources for the 2016 fire season and beyond

June 23rd, 2016 Comments off

(All links confirmed as working – June 23, 2016)

As is common, we are in a drought again, here in California, and this makes the occurrence of wildfire more likely and also increases the damage that wildfires can do in the landscape and in populated areas. In an effort to stay in touch with the wildfire situation here in California, I have collected a set of resources to keep me informed when fires break out. While I live in the middle of the San Fernando Valley and fairly free from the direct danger of wildfire, fires in the surrounding areas can cause large problems with evacuations, smoke plumes, and ash and also directly affect friends and family who live in or near wildlands

I noticed this year that 2 major map-based information sites are no longer available. This is a big loss, as they tried to show active burn locations, fire perimeters and more for each incident and provided a large amount of easily interpreted data. I hope that they come back online before too long (as one web page suggests.) They were great resources.


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CAL FIRE is a State agency responsible for protecting natural resources from fire on land designated by the State Board of Forestry as State Responsibility Area (SRA). CAL FIRE also manages the State Forest system and has responsibility to enforce the forest practice regulations, which govern forestry practices on private and other non-federal lands. Two major themes are attendant to the CAL FIRE mission. One is the protection of the State’s merchantable timber on all non-federal lands from improper logging activities and the other is the protection of the State’s grass, brush, and tree covered watersheds in SRA from wildland fire. CAL FIRE is a “conservation agency” with origins stemming from the “Conservation Movement” of the last century.”

Cal Fire provides a number of online resources:

Cal Fire Incident Google Map with perimeters


Inciweb Wildfire Information

“InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. The system was developed with two primary missions:

Provide the public a single source of incident related information
Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community
A number of supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources. This ensures that the information regarding active incidents is consistent, and the delivery is timely.”

InciWeb Resources:


Yuba.net Fire Information

PreventWildfireCA.org Fire Infomation


The Squirrel, The Hawk and the Hummingbird – 2 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

June 23rd, 2016 Comments off

The Squirrel, The Hawk and the Hummingbird – 2 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch 

This Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has become an almost daily visitor to the garden in the last few weeks, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors.

In this video, the Cooper’s Hawk sits on the birdbath while a squirrel feeds below and a hummingbird sits on the feeder in the foreground.

The Squirrel, The Hawk and the Hummingbird - 2 in a series from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

 

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) – 1 in a series [Video]

June 21st, 2016 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) – 1 in a series

This Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has become an almost daily visitor to the garden in the last few weeks, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors.

In this video you can see the hawk spreading its wings when a squirrel on the ground approaches too closely. I have seen this behavior several times in the past. sometimes with the squirrel actively chasing off the hawk.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) - 1 in a series

 

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