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SCV Outdoor Report

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Eggs-cetera

     

    Earlier this week, as I was watering my potted plants on the front porch, I discovered a new resident had moved in.  There, smack dab in the middle of my sage plant, I spotted a nest with two small eggs.  Later, I saw a Mourning Dove sitting on the nest, her two brown eyes carefully watching my every move.

    SCV Outdoor Report: The Ants Go Marching, Part II

    Wendy Langhans’ Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report, “The Ants Go Marching,” answers questions about flower pollination.  In part II, Wendy answers the “why” ants go marching.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Put ‘Em Up, Put ‘Em Up!

    This is a Best of  Wendy Langhans Report.

    One of my favorite characters in “The Wizard of OZ” is the Cowardly Lion.  I especially liked the forest scene where he successfully intimidated the Scarecrow and Tin Man, only to be slapped down by Dorothy when he chased after Toto.  Obviously, the Cowardly Lion did not know when (and when not) to engage in competitive behavior.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: The Ants Go Marching (Part I)

    Last Saturday, as I was teaching a class of volunteer docents about our local wildflowers, one of the docents asked, “What about ants?  I see them on flowers all the time. Do they pollinate flowers?” 

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Curve Ball

    Nature comes in various shapes - some straight and some curved. 

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Tales From The Vienna Woods

    Johann Strauss II composed his famous waltz, “Tales from the Vienna Woods” in 1868.  However, our “tale” for this week has little to do with waltzing or the Strauss family.  But it does have to do with music...specifically bird song...and research from the city of Vienna and its nearby Vienna Woods.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Studying For An Exam


    This week's SCV Outdoor Report is a "Best of Wendy Langhan's" report: 

    When it comes to studying for exams, I think most of us fall into one of two catagories:  either we study together in groups or we study alone.  And whether we’re together or alone, we often rely on caffeine to help keep us alert and focused while we cram as much useful information as we can into our brains.

     

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Beetle Voicemail

    Thirty years ago, I was working in Silicon Valley for ROLM Corporation, one of the pioneers in voicemail telecommunications.  But recently, I learned that insects have been communicating with their version of “voicemail” for much longer than 30 years - more like millions of years.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Working Skunks

     

    This week’s Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report by Wendy Langhans explains how solitary animals, like skunks, and social animals, like meerkats, protect themselves.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: One Way Street

    Breathing. It’s something we normally do 12-18 times every minute. But just for a moment - pay attention to the flow of air. Take a deep breath. Hold it for five seconds. Then slowly breathe out. You have what is called a bi-directional flow of air to and from your lungs.