| Jan 18, 2012
| 3:46 PM
Vic must have thought that I didn't have enough to do, what with teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps, writing this column, and attempting to grow 350 pounds of food this year. He asked me to team-teach his bird and natural history courses...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:46 PM
Generally, Vic and I try to avoid flying into the midst of a natural disaster. But sometimes it just happens.
If you recall, I was caught in a tornado in April in Tennessee, near Knoxville. Golf ball-sized hail totaled my rental car with hundreds of...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 1:58 PM
Unlike Muslims who were born and raised in America, I thankfully didn't have to go to Sunday school to learn about my religion.
Born in the '80s, I grew up in a place where my religion was part of the society and the community in which I lived in. I...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 4:04 PM
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve has had a stroke of good luck. A crew from the Orange County Conservation Corps has come to work with the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game to improve habitat for wildlife. They...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 4:12 PM
Vic and I searched for marine invertebrates at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve last week. Accompanying us were 18 young men and women from the Orange County Conservation Corps. Our task was to collect a variety of marine invertebrates for docents at...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 4:07 PM
FRIDAY: Huntington Beach-based The Simpkin Project (pictured), a seven-member reggae band, is having a release party for its new album, "Everything You Want," at 8 p.m. at Tiki Bar, 1700 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. Cover is $15 and...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Clarence Irwin Haydock, Ph.D., California ecologist, passed away peacefully the evening of July 30, 2011 in Fountain Valley, CA having been born April 15, 1938 in Bakersfield, CA. As a boy, growing up in northern CA he sculled a duck boat on San...
| May 18, 2011
| 4:47 PM
Wherever Vic and I travel, we study the area, searching for environmental stories. Our recent trip to Tennessee yielded a number of interesting tales about eastern forests.
First, we learned that the magnificent forest that we saw in Great Smoky...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 4:13 PM
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...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 3:47 PM
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...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:50 PM
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...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:49 PM
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...