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SCV Outdoor Report

    SCV Outdoor Report: Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

    Anyone who’s ever taken care of a baby knows that babies sleep - a lot.  According to this NIH report, “Infants generally require about 16 hours a day”.  And these, “Infants...spend about half of their sleep time in REM sleep”, which, as we know, is the stage of sleep where most dreams occur.  Adults, on the other hand, sleep fewer hours asleep (7-8 hours) and generally spend less of their sleep time in REM sleep (about 20%).

    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.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Breaking and Entering

    We learn by observing others.  Not only is that true for humans, it’s also true for other creatures, including certain species of bees.  And in the case of short-tongued bumblebees, what they learned is something we call burglary - “breaking and entering”.

    Editorial: Four Questions About Rivendale Park And Open Space

    SCV Outdoor report author Wendy Langans considers the development of Rivendale Open Space and the impact it would have on the environment and the community at large.