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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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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 2 in a series [Video]

August 16th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 2 in a series [Video]

A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the garden. A closer, head and shoulders shot.

This series of videos were taken on a particularly hot day hence the bees and hawk were both making great use of the birdbath. The hawk appears a bit annoyed when bees buzz by or try to land on them, but otherwise unperturbed by sharing the space.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 - 2 in a series [Video]

 

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August 13th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 1 in a series

August 10th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 1 in a series

This series of videos were taken on a particularly hot day hence the bees and hawk were both making great use of the birdbath. The hawk appears a bit annoyed when bees buzz by or try to land on them, but otherwise unperturbed by sharing the space.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 - 1 in a series

 

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Channel Island Fox Tees, Totes, iPhone Cases, Laptop Sleeves and Much More!

August 5th, 2018 Comments off

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August 3rd, 2018 Comments off

Our regular visitor, a Cooper’s Hawk, is drinking at the birdbath again today.  via Instagram

August 2nd, 2018 Comments off

Female Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) – 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

July 25th, 2018 Comments off

Female Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) – 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

Female Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) - 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

 

A female Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) made an appearance over a few days here in the garden. I am guessing she was migrating north for the summer as grosbeaks are not a regular visitor.

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 – 3 in a series [Video] (1:00)

July 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 – 3 in a series

A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the garden again, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors. This one appears to be a different hawk from previous videos as it looks much smaller at least to my eyes,

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 - 3 in a series

 

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Paradise Cove Beach and Pier — Follow Me On Instagram

July 21st, 2018 Comments off

Paradise Cove Beach and Pier -- Follow Me On Instagram

Paradise Cove Beach and Pier

Took some cousins down for a little sand, surf and food at @paradisecovebeachcafe@paradisecovecalifornia 
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