Monthly Archives: May 2013

Big Basin still blooming

The coastal grasslands are already drying up and turning brown, but Big Basin still sports an array of wildflowers. Hiking down the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail yesterday, Jorge Torres, Myriam Scally, and I found several populations of fairy lanterns and walked past … Continue reading

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Are migratory birds more likely to strike windows?

The house that I rent in Santa Cruz has several large, plate glass windows. From time to time I find a stunned bird sitting below these windows, and more often than not the bird is migratory. Although I don’t keep … Continue reading

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Self amputation at Fort Ord

An influential scientist once told me that much of biology can be basically boiled down to poop and sex. In pursuit of the former, I found myself over the weekend at Fort Ord, a University of California Natural Reserve in … Continue reading

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