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Wednesday

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High: 92 °F
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Santa Clarita Outdoor Report

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Blooming Through The Drought

    Introducing Contributing Writer:  Mieko Alley

    As summer temperatures rise, you may be inclined to spend more time inside or drink more water as a response to the heat. Your dog may dig under the house to escape the sun or you may find that your cat has given up his perch on the windowsill. You may even find that your plants are behaving differently!

    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.

    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.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Beetle Voicemail

    Thirty years ago, I was working in Silicon Valley for ROLM Corporation, one of the pioneers in voicemail telecommunications.  But recently, I learned that insects have been communicating with their version of “voicemail” for much longer than 30 years - more like millions of years.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Juniper “Cones”

    Most well-equipped kitchens have a place where the dried spices are kept.  It could be a drawer, or a cabinet shelf or even a spice rack on the counter.  And when we think of spices that we use, we think of bark - like cinnamon.  We think of roots - like ginger.  And we think of dried fruit - like black pepper, allspice and juniper berries.  But did you know that juniper berries are not, strictly speaking, berries?

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: 21-Second Rule

    Growing up in Wisconsin, I had the good fortune to spend part of my summers on my Aunt and Uncle’s dairy farm.  There, I discovered a fundamental principle of four-legged mammals - they all pee.  Dogs, cats and especially cows all need to get rid of the waste products produced by their bodies.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Melting Snow

    I’m not sure I can ask this question without smirking just a bit:  Cold enough for you?  That’s because I went to college in Minnesota; in St. Paul, the average temperature in December ranges from 27 (high) to 12 (low).  But last week, I discovered something that dimmed that smirk just a bit.  Something I thought I knew about snow was WRONG!

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Acoustic Stealth

    In my night-hike tool kit, I carry two short pieces of rope:  one is smooth with a well-defined edge, while the other is frayed with a tattered edge.  I use them to demonstrate the stealth acoustics of owl wings. 

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: “Raspberry Red, Lemon Yellow and Orange Orange”

    As we move into the beginnings of the rainy season, our sunsets are becoming more colorful.  They remind me of the early Twix cereal commercials, the ones with the “silly rabbit” singing “Raspberry red, lemon yellow and orange orange”?  As a child, I was drawn to those colorful Trix packages in the cereal aisle.  But as an adult, I’m much more impressed by the fiery reds I see at twilight.  And I love how those nuggets of lemon yellow and orange orange have magically transformed into blazing yellow and flaming orange.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Speed Of Sound

    What do bats and toothed whales have in common?  Certainly not size, not habitat, and not even how they get from one place to another. 

    But they both hunt using sound waves to locate their prey, a technique known as echolocation.  A recent report from the University of Southern Denmark concludes “that bats and toothed whales produce signals for echolocation in the same frequency range, from 10 to 200 kHz.”