New Anza-Borrego Foundation Land Acquisitions — Natural History Wanderings

From the Anza-Borrego Foundation Land Acquisition: Tax Defaults Monitoring county tax default sales is an important means of land acquisition within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Every year, ABF purchases tax defaulted properties from the County of San Diego as well as Riverside and Imperial counties. This year was no different with five properties, totaling 35 […]

New Anza-Borrego Foundation Land Acquisitions — Natural History Wanderings

Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

The  Hi-Desert Star reports Two home builders who destroyed 36 Joshua trees on their Prescott Avenue property were fined $18,000 in court Tuesday. Read more at  Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees | Hi-Desert Star

Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley 6/29/21 — Natural History Wanderings

Iconic Bird – Iconic Tower:     Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley Tuesday, June 29, 2021     1:00-2:00 PM PT Presented Online via Zoom Click Here to Register Host organization: UC Retirees’ Association at Berkeley (UCRAB) Speakers: Sean Peterson and Lynn Schofield We hope you will join UCRAB for a presentation by Sean Peterson and Lynn […]

Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley 6/29/21 — Natural History Wanderings

California Condors Return to Bird Cams — Natural History Wanderings

from CornellLab of Ornithology After a yearlong hiatus, the California Condor cam is back streaming live from a small cave on a rock cliff in Ventura County, California. On April 10, condor pair #594 (female) and #374 (male) hatched a healthy chick. In this clip, Mom and Dad reinforce their bond by preening each other before tending to their 18-day-old […]

California Condors Return to Bird Cams — Natural History Wanderings

Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California — Natural History Wanderings

The Washington Post reports Disease-carrying ticks, commonly associated with wooded areas, are also abundant near beaches in Northern California, according to a study. They weren’t found on beaches themselves, but in the brush and vegetation beachgoers may walk through to get to the sand. Rea full article at Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California […]

Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California — Natural History Wanderings

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

Last week the governor ordered a state agency to stop issuing fracking permits to oil drillers, starting as of 2024. This is less of a big deal than it seems. Hydraulic fracturing is rarely used in California because the permitting process was tightened in 2014 and because our earthquake-shaken rocks are already well fractured, and […]

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

Critical Habitat Designated In Southern Calif. For Endangered Plant — Natural History Wanderings

Press Release from Center for Biological Diversity 98 Acres of Habitat Protected for Endangered Southern California Plant U.S. Fish and Wildlife Decision Falls Short of Needed Protection LOS ANGELES— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 98.4 acres of “critical habitat” for an endangered plant […]

Critical Habitat Designated In Southern Calif. For Endangered Plant — Natural History Wanderings

Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining | KRON4 — Natural History Wanderings

Kron4 reports The National Park Service says the Tule Elk’s population declined in 2020, likely due to drought conditions impacting the elk’s food. An annual census count found about 150 Tule Elks living on Point Reyes National Seashore have died likely due to drought conditions. Read more at  Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining […]

Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining | KRON4 — Natural History Wanderings

The UC Berkeley peregrine falcons are back with their first egg of 2021 — Natural History Wanderings

BerkeleySide reports This is the falcons’ fifth breeding season at the top of the Campanile. There will likely be three more eggs laid over the next several days. Veteran peregrine falcon mother Annie laid her first egg of 2021 early this morning in her gravel nest on UC Berkeley’s 307-foot-tall Campanile. Since then, the pair has […]

The UC Berkeley peregrine falcons are back with their first egg of 2021 — Natural History Wanderings

Bottlenose dolphins off San Diego! — Cool San Diego Sights!

Today I headed out into the wide Pacific Ocean aboard the Adventure Hornblower. We were going to look for whales! Sometimes you can find blue whales–the planet’s largest animal–feeding at the Nine Mile Bank, which is an underwater mountain range deep in the ocean west of San Diego. You might recall I went summer whale […]

Bottlenose dolphins off San Diego! — Cool San Diego Sights!