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SCV Outdoor Report

    SCV Outdoor Report: Leaping Lizards, Part 2 Of 2

    By Wendy Langhans

    Last wkhts_scvoutdoorreporteek we responded to a listener's question, "what kinds of lizards live here"? This week we'll take a closer look at his second question, "how do I get more into my yard"?

    SCV Outdoor Report: Leaping Lizards, Part 1 Of 2

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    I got my first-up-close-and-personal look at a lizard many years ago, when my cat left a "present" for me on my bed pillow. My reaction? Let's just say I wasn't overjoyed. But over the years, as I've observed lizards in the field and learned more about them, my appreciation for them has grown.

     

    SCV Outdoor Report: Cat's Eyes

    By Wendy Langhans

     

    Sometimes we are stumped by the simplest of questions.  Like what happened earlier this week on our full moon hike at Towsley.  As we were talking about nocturnal hunters like bobcats and mountain lions, a teenager asked me this this question?  "Why do cats have slit pupils instead of round ones?"

     

    Huh?  I was stumped.  My mind immediately flashed back to my training: "If you don't know, admit it and say, 'I don't know but I'll find out and get back to you.'"

     

    SCV Outdoor Report: Moonstruck

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    By Wendy Langhans

    It had been a dream of mine for so long that I had almost forgotten about it.  Fifty years ago, I was a moonstruck child, in awe of anything having to do with astronauts and space rockets and setting foot on the moon.  I pleaded with my mom to wake me up early to watch the Mercury 7 launch. My mother was a wise parent; she knew the importance of nurturing a  child's sense of wonder, even if that meant missing some sleep.

    SCV Outdoor Report - A Sideways Glance

    By Wendy Langhans

    The sideways glance - it can mean so many things - everything from a flirtatious "lookin' good" to a catty "I can't believe she said that" to a threatening "if you do that one more time....."  But not all creatures have the ability to move their eyes side-to side or up-and-down.

    SCV Outdoor Report:Stop and Smell

    Have you ever been at the mall and caught a whiff of hot cinnamon rolls? (I'll bet you can taste the pungent/sweet flavor right now.) Did you stop and make a bee-line for the food court? Now expand your imagination a bit. Suppose you were a bee, not in search of the latest new fashion, but for the flowers that provide nourishing nectar and pollen. Would you rely more on your vision or your sense of smell to find those flowers?

     

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    SCV Outdoor Report: A Moth On A Mission

    By Wendy Langhans

     

    Earlier this week, I was driving along a winding mountain road in the Angeles National Forest, in a hurry to get to my destination.  It was early evening, a time when the sun-drenched colors of midday were fading to sepia.  I could see the tall, white, spiky stalks of Chaparral Yucca across the canyon, as they stood out against an indistinct backdrop of vegetation.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Get A Grip

    By Wendy Langhans

    Last year, we had to have our shower rebuilt (because it wasn't built right to begin with - but that's whole ‘nother story).  The remodeling contractor recommended we replace the original shower floor tiles, using smaller tiles with a higher coefficient of friction, so that there would be less chance of slipping.  We took his advice. 

    SCV Outdoor Report: Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Road?

    "Why did the Mountain Lion cross the road?

    "To get to the other side?"

    "Nope"

    "Then why?

    "She didn't make it across the road...."

    A.  "Oh..."

    Sometime last Monday night or early Tuesday morning, a female mountain lion was hit by a car and killed.  The accident occurred on the I-5, just south of Calgrove Boulevard.  MRCA Ranger Ken Nelson thinks she was traveling from west to east, because she was found on the southbound side.