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What One Tiny California Island Can Teach Us About Dealing With Climate Change via Pacific Standard

August 29th, 2018 Comments off
Since I have begun volunteering with Friends of the Island Fox and visiting Santa Cruz Island I have become much more aware of stories about our own Channel Islands and all the history and magic they hold. This article adds a few more pieces of information to my understanding of the Islands and mainland California, too. — Douglas
 
What One Tiny California Island Can Teach Us About Dealing With Climate Change via Pacific Standard
 
It was a small, flat-bottomed, soapstone cup, the likes of which the team had never seen before, in part because Santa Barbara and its fellow Channel Islands have been subject to a century and a half of looting. The cup is one of hundreds of new objects Perry and her team found during their survey, which suggests Santa Barbara Island was much more important to ancient people than previously thought—and shows the people inhabiting the island might have figured out an innovative way of dealing with water scarcity, a problem that’s still at the top of Californians’ minds.

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Church on Ojai, California – Get these bags, cases, covers and much more from Douglas E. Welch via Instagram [Photo]

May 29th, 2016 Comments off

Egret at Descanso Gardens (Animated)

February 18th, 2016 Comments off

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) in the Los Angele River (Silent) [Video]

December 28th, 2015 Comments off

1.5 minutes of footage of Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) in the Los Angeles River taken on December 20, 2015 in Burbank, California.

Black-necked Stilt

 

From Wikipedia…

The black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) is a locally abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. It is found from the coastal areas of California through much of the interior western United States and along the Gulf of Mexico as far east as Florida, then south through Central America and the Caribbean to northwest Brazil southwest Peru, east Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. The northernmost populations, particularly those from inland, are migratory, wintering from the extreme south of the United States to southern Mexico, rarely as far south as Costa Rica; on the Baja California peninsula it is only found regularly in winter.[2]

It is often treated as a subspecies of the common or black-winged stilt, using the trinomial name Himantopus himantopus mexicanus.[3] However, the AOU has always considered it a species in its own right, and the scientific name Himantopus mexicanus is often seen. Matters are more complicated though; sometimes all five distinct lineages of the Common Stilt are treated as different species. But the White-necked Stilt from southern South America (H. h. melanurus when only one species is recognized), parapatric and intergrading to some extent with its northern relative where their ranges meet, would warrant inclusion with the Black-necked stilt when this is separated specifically, becoming Himantopus mexicanus melanurus. Similarly, the Hawaiian stilt, H. m. knudseni, is likely to belong to the American species when this is considered separate; while some treat it as another distinct species, the AOU, BirdLife International and the IUCN do not.[4] Thus, in their scheme the black-necked stilt is properly named Himantopus mexicanus mexicanus.[5]

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Walking the Los Angeles River – Winnetka to Tampa – November 2, 2015

November 2nd, 2015 Comments off

Our friend, Keri from Animalbytes.net has started a project to walk and document the entire Los Angeles Rover, from its headwaters in Bell Canyon here in the San Fernando Valley to the sea in Long Beach. Today, we joined her for a short segment of the river from Winnetka Ave to Tampa Avenue. Here are a few photos and thoughts from our walk. we plan on joining Keri for additional sections of the river as time allows,including her walk through one of the wisest stretches of the river as it passes through the Sepulveda Basin.

Read Keri’s Post on our walk and see her photos in her blog, Animalbytes

This section of the river has an improved bike and walking path including solar lighting, benches, drinking fountains and botanical landscaping.

LA River Walk - Winnetka to Tampa - November 2, 2015

While Southern California plants are pretty much in dormancy this time of year, especially due to our long running drought, we found a few blooms along our walk.

LA River Walk - Winnetka to Tampa - November 2, 2015

LA River Walk - Winnetka to Tampa - November 2, 2015

LA River Walk - Winnetka to Tampa - November 2, 2015

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We also spotted some wildlife along the river, including sandpipers, killdeer, hummingbirds, pigeons and these crows bathing in the small amount of water in the river at the moment.

LA River Walk - Winnetka to Tampa - November 2, 2015

Signage at the Tampa Avenue entrance to the river walkway.

LA River Walk - Winnetka to Tampa - November 2, 2015

LA River Walk - Winnetka to Tampa - November 2, 2015

Watch a slide show of the photos from Walking the Los Angeles River – Winnetka to Tampa – November 2, 2015

 

“Villa in the Vineyard Watercolor” Totes, bags, mugs, cards and more!

October 12th, 2015 Comments off

Mexican Bird-of-Paradise – A Minute in the Garden 25 from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video]

August 26th, 2015 Comments off

Video Rewind for July 2015 – What did you miss on DouglasEWelch .com? — 26 Videos [Video]

August 4th, 2015 Comments off

Video Rewind for June 2015 – What did you miss on DouglasEWelch .com? — 23 Videos

July 1st, 2015 Comments off

Photos: A Trip to Santa Cruz Island with Friends of the Island Fox

June 27th, 2015 Comments off