| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 2:15 PM
At the end of the last Ice Age, California condors ranged eastward from the California coast all the way to Texas, Florida and even New York.
But by 1800, the range of the condor population had shrunk considerably. The birds lived along the Pacific...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 1:39 PM
I had the distinct pleasure of watching Nina Kar in action recently at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange.
The tennis-playing Mater Dei High School sophomore, born and raised in Huntington Beach, has so far worked hundreds of volunteer service hours as a...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:00 PM
When a dolphin swam into Bolsa Chica sometime before noon Friday, the wetlands got a surprise visitor.
Now, they may have an unintended mascot. Five days and many media stories later, the dolphin still hadn't left the water near Warner Avenue and Pacific...
| Jul 7, 2010
| 8:47 PM
The height of summer beach season at Bolsa Chica State Beach is also the height of nesting season at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. As you're probably aware, California least terns and Western snowy plovers like to nest on sandy beaches. But during the...
| Jul 29, 2010
A local environmental group welcomed new members to its governing body and tapped a former mayor to take the helm.
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust, a group dedicated to preserving, restoring and acquiring land in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, elected former...
| Aug 18, 2010
| 4:27 PM
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...