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  • Natural Perspectives: Their yard is going to the birds

    When Vic and I wrote about the house wrens in our front yard two weeks ago, we weren't sure if the nest was a real one or a dummy nest. As far as we can tell, the nest is real and the female is most likely incubating eggs at this point. We don't want to look into the box to check, though, for fear of disturbing her if she is incubating.
  • Natural Perspectives: A yard certified for birds, bees and butterflies

    One of the pleasures that Vic and I enjoy at our home is feeding birds and providing a place where bees and butterflies are welcome. As wild areas shrink due to development, habitat for birds and other wildlife disappears. We do what we can in our yard to...

    Natural Perspectives: This trip was for the birds

    Vic and I returned recently from a birding trip with his class from Irvine Valley College to the eastern Sierras. I've been sick ever since. This summer, Vic offered optional transportation to his class of senior citizens. Because of the large number...

    Natural Perspectives: Corp members get to know critters

    Last week, I enjoyed a pleasant walk around the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in the company of a rather large crew of new recruits from the Orange County Conservation Corps. Normally, my classes have eight to 10 young adults in them. This crew...

    Natural Perspectives: Getting to the bottom of drained wetland

    A new freshwater wetland formed at Bolsa Chica, but someone drained it. That's right, someone drained a wetland at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Vic cautioned me to handle this issue with a cool and level head, but it chapped my hide to think that...