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Outdoor Report

    Best Of SCV Outdoor Report: You CAN Be Too Rich

    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.”

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Must Go Faster....

    When being chased by predators, it’s best to move quickly.  I remember a scene in the movie, “Jurassic Park”, where the characters were being chased by a Tyrannosaurus Rex.  As the jeep sped down a dirt road, Jeff Goldblum kept repeating, “Must go faster”.  And then there was a scene in the movie, “Independence Day”, where Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum were fleeing from the bowels of the alien mother ship.  Jeff’s words of advice to Will Smith:  “Must go faster.”

    SCV Outdoor Report: Flash Versus Substance

    It’s a peaceful August night in Wisconsin.  I’m sitting in a cozy chair, talking with my Dad, when suddenly I see a tiny speck of light glowing through the window.  It was a brief flash, less than a second, but my face lit up with a smile in response.  It was a firefly - also known as a lightning bug.  This firefly was looking for romance and trying to make a flashy first impression.

    Best Of Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: You Can Be Too Rich

    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.”

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Wildlife Corridors

    This is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report.

    This week the news has been full of stories about Las Lomas and the development that has been proposed there.  Today I want to give you some background about what’s at stake ecologically by briefly explaining the concept of wildlife corridors.  I’d like to do that by weaving together several interconnected stories.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Another Bite Of Pie

    It’s not often that I disagree with the City Council.  But I did last night, when they described their vote to aquire Gateway Ranch as a “victory for the entire valley.”  I think they underestimated the acquisition of 302 acres of open space - it’s a victory for the entire region, for the entire state, and for Mexico as well!

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: X-Ray Vision

    Q.  What would the “Man of Steel” be without his superpowers, especially his X-Ray vision?  

    A.  Just another “mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper”. 

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: River Walk

    This is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" 

    Last week I went for a walk along the river.  It was a lovely day for walking - plenty of sunshine - and neither too hot nor too cold.  The embankment was lined by a graceful arch of trees.  I noticed the patchy grey, flaking tree bark and decided these were sycamore trees.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Hairpencils

    This is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report.

    What exactly is a hairpencil?  Is it some sort of stick-shaped hair ornament?  Nope.  Hairpencils are cross between (1) lighting a scented candle and (2) spreading pixie dust with a magic wand.  Let me explain.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Wild and Crazy Bees

    This Report is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report.

    Some people are born thrill-seekers.  Every parent knows someone like that:  the toddler who takes off running as soon as you reach the park, the novice bike rider who can’t wait to take off the training wheels.  We watch and smile knowingly at each other, “Just wait until they become a teenager.”  But recently I came across some information that surprised me - it turns out that some honeybees are also born thrill-seekers.