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SCV Outdoor Report

    SCV Outdoor Report: And Called It Macaroni

    This Report is a Best of Wendy Langhans

    It truly is a “feather in his cap” and it does looks a bit like elbow macaroni.  But technically, it’s known as a head plume, or more commonly, a “top knot”, a head ornament that consists of six overlapping black feathers in the shape of a comma.  It’s hard to miss - it sticks right out of their forehead - and in our Santa Clarita Valley, when you’ve seen the comma-shaped top knot and heard a call that sounds like “Chi-CA-go”, it’s almost certain you’ve seen a California quail.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Do You Hear What I Hear


    Have you ever attended a large party, where many conversations were happening all at once?  It can be hard to focus on just conversation, even if you’re participating in it.  Now, for a moment, consider that there are thousands of conversations going on around you at this very moment.  Conversations of which you are unaware; conversations that are occuring not just under your nose, but under your very feet.


    SCV Outdoor Report: Scent

    At this time of year, people seek out ways of making their home smell festive:  scented oils and candles, potpouri, and my personal favorite, baking cookies. That’s because scent can evoke powerful memories and elicit unexpected reactions.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Socked In


    There’s an old saying, “If you have time to spare, go by air.”  There are many reasons for a flight delays - mechanical problems and weather being the most common.  But as much as we dislike hanging out in an airport terminal - would you want your plane to take off into a fog bank like this?


    SCV Outdoor Report: Clutter


    It’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately:  what is the difference between storing useful stuff and acumulating clutter?

    Perhaps there’s something to be learned from the behavior of Acorn Woodpeckers.


    SCV Outdoor Report: Juniper Berries

    This report is a "Best of Wendy Langhans SCV Outdoor Report" and has been previously published.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Collecting Dust

    Next week is Thanksgiving...but for many people... the preparation has already begun.  Inviting family & friends, menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and CLEANING.  At our house, it’s time to do a bit of dusting.  It’s amazing how quickly dust can collect on the furniture.

    That’s also true for the dust that collects on other living things.  Take butterflies, for example.


    SCV Outdoor Report: You CAN Be Too Rich

    By:  Wendy Langhans


    Remember the old saying, “You can never be too rich or too thin”?  Well you can be.  Too nutrient rich, that is.  Especially if you’re a salt-water marsh.  Scientists working at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory recently reported “that nutrients—such as nitrogen and phosphorus from septic and sewer systems and lawn fertilizers—can cause salt-marsh loss.”