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SCV Outdoor Report

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Wendy Langhans Says "Good-Bye"

    What a wild ride this has been!

    When Carl Goldman and his son joined me for a Fire Ecology hike in Whitney Canyon in August, 2004, I had no idea it would lead to almost 10 years of sharing stories with you. 

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Balancing Act

    Dr. Francis Collins, the currect Director of the NIH, is one of my heroes because he is both a top-notch scientist and a Christian.  I like his perspective on dealing with opposing points of view: “One must dig deeply into opposing points of view in order to know whether your own position remains defensible. Iron sharpens iron.”

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: The “Day Tripper” Wolf

    In this week’s Santa Clarita Outdoor Report, Wendy Langhans tells us more on the extirpation or local extinction of Gray Wolves in California, and the possible comeback with a “Day Tripper Wolf” known as OR7.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Extinct or Extirpated?

    This week’s SCV Outdoor Report by Wendy Langhans tells us the difference between extinct and extirpated.  Passenger pigeons, dinosaurs, gray wolves: vanished from earth or gone from a region?

    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.