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  • Natural Perspectives: Touring the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

    Natural Perspectives: Touring the Pacific Marine Mammal Center
    The experts tell us that the ocean is now in a La Niña condition. So instead of being warm, like last winter during the El Niño, the ocean has cooled below normal. That's the explanation that we're getting for this summer of no summer. A La Niña condition...
  • Natural Perspectives: A lucky whale-watching trip indeed

    A year ago, Vic and I went whale-watching with the Orange County chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology on one of Capt. Dave Anderson's Dolphin Safari cruises out of Dana Point Harbor. It was the best whale-watching trip we had ever been on. When...
  • Natural Perspectives: Survey turns into a sea lion rescue

    Last Thursday morning, I led a crew of 12 newly hired corps members from the Orange County Conservation Corps on a wildlife survey of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. The corps members use checklists and photo identification sheets to identify a number...
  • Natural Perspectives: Curious corp members marvel at wildlife

    Today is the autumnal equinox, the time of year when the sun is halfway between the summer and winter solstices. As we head into autumn, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is showing clear signs that summer is over. I was there last Thursday with yet...
  • Natural Perspectives: More like a 'heart attack for the mesa'

    The Bolsa Chica Land Trust has prepared a restoration plan for a 118-acre portion of the Bolsa Chica mesa, most of which is currently fenced. The area includes Warner Pond and the former Bolsa Chica Gun Club site, both of which are environmentally...
  • The heart of the matter is learning

    Oak View Elementary School students learned a thing or two about hearts, just in time for Valentine's Day. They sliced and diced sheep hearts Thursday as part of an after-school academic program. "We're going to dissect sheep hearts so we can learn...
  • Natural Perspectives: Mea culpa for last column

    Natural Perspectives: Mea culpa for last column
    I made a goof in my last column about the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's plan for the mesa. The error is mine, not Vic's. I said the Land Trust was going to excavate no deeper than 8 feet to bury its 2,825-gallon water tanks in the ground. Actually, the tanks...
  • Mesa View students win national innovative competition

    Mesa View students win national innovative competition
    Mesa View Middle School is one of four schools nationwide whose students received recognition for innovative math and science projects. Four seventh-graders created a bike that beeps until the rider puts on a helmet. The Surf City Smartbikes was their...
  • In The Pipeline: Museum gets down to the bones

    In The Pipeline: Museum gets down to the bones
    In this column this summer, I've wanted to occasionally focus on a few things slightly outside of Huntington Beach. As a travel writer, I enjoy sharing interesting places, especially for families, and this week provided something special. By now, you may...
  • Natural Perspectives: Land Trust finally calls public meeting

    The Bolsa Chica Land Trust and California Department of Fish and Game are finally holding a public meeting where they will present their plan for the Bolsa Chica mesa. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Huntington Beach Central Library. As we're...
  • Natural Perspectives: Preparing for 'coronal mass ejection'

    To play on a phrase from "Star Trek": "Space. The final weather frontier." I just learned that space weather is something that exists. I asked Vic if he had ever heard of space weather, and he said no. We knew about solar wind, which is a steady...
  • In The Pipeline: The outdoors is his classroom

    In The Pipeline: The outdoors is his classroom
    About two years ago, I experienced my first grunion run — a late-night visit to the beach in the hopes of seeing mobs of the elusive fish, the grunion, appear to perform their mysterious spawning rituals. I'd heard many stories of people trying for...