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SCV Outdoor Report

    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?"


    "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.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Our Local Superhero

    If you spend any time in a Biology class, you can't help but pick up a few Greek words, which sometimes can be useful outside the classroom.  Suppose, for example, you get into a discussion about your favorite comic Superhero. 

    SCV Outdoor Report: Drop That Tail And Run

    Children get so excited when they see a Western Fence Lizards. These lizards are easy to spot and can often be found sitting on rocks (or fence posts) while they look for insects to eat. 



    But sitting out in the open comes with a price - lizards are easily spotted by predators such as snakes, hawks and meat-eating mammals.




    SCV Outdoor Report: Lupine As A Business Model

    Heading south on the 5, I see them out of the corner of my eye: a flash of blue blur.

    But not all lupines are blue. There are 82 different species of lupine in California, and some are pink and lavender, with a touch of white and sometimes yellow thrown in for good measure.