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Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Wendy’s Diner

    This is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report

    Restaurant menu’s vary from basic comfort food to fancy signature dishes.  But plain or fancy, most restaurants offers seasonal specials.  Just imagine June without strawberry pie or October without pumpkin pie.  The same is true at Wendy’s Diner, the name we have given to the bird feeders on our front porch.  With the onset of fall in a few weeks, it’s time for a change in the menu.  But what kind of change?

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Secrets In The Scat

    By:  Mieko Alley

    This week’s Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report fills us in on the secret details of scat.  Scat shape and appearance, marking territory, evidence of diet, and are just part of the lessons of scat. So get on out there and see what scat you see while hiking.

    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.

    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 Valley Outdoor Report: Working Skunks

     

    This week’s Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report by Wendy Langhans explains how solitary animals, like skunks, and social animals, like meerkats, protect themselves.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: One Way Street

    Breathing. It’s something we normally do 12-18 times every minute. But just for a moment - pay attention to the flow of air. Take a deep breath. Hold it for five seconds. Then slowly breathe out. You have what is called a bi-directional flow of air to and from your lungs.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Skunky Beer

    Q1.   Did you every wonder why some beer bottles are brown?  A1.    To protect the beer from the unwanted effects of ultraviolet light.

    Q2.   And what are the unwanted effects of ultraviolet light?  A2.    Skunky beer!

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Contrails

    Six seconds into this YouTube clip of John Ford’s classic western, “Cheyenne Autumn”, you can hear the narrator identify the date as September 7, 1878.  Meanwhile, as the opening scene fades from darkness into view, you can see a vertical contrail hanging in the sky.  This creates a slight problem - because contrails are made by airplanes and airplanes didn’t start flying until 1903.  Whoops!

    SCV Outdoor Report Best Of: Juniper Berries

    Earlier this year, my husband and I took a drive out to the eastern edge of the Santa Clarita valley.  It was a sunny morning, so we bundled up in our jackets and took the top down. 

    As we drove along Agua Dulce Canyon road, the junipers caught my eye - they were chock full of plump, greyish-blue berries.  But, according to botanists, they’re not really berries.