We have an early spring this February with our warm Southern California weather. I’ve been keeping track of what our resident hummingbird – the Anna’s Hummingbird – is taking nectar from in our reconverted lawn, now mostly California natives. The insect life is also rich – which in turn attracts the hummingbirds and other winged life. Seems photos will speak best, so here are a few from the last couple months. [Read more...]
Another great talk — by Abby Harned from Three Sisters Farm in Redlands CA — at our Redlands horticulture meeting last night. (One advantage of being program chair is you get to invite wonderful speakers.) We learned first-hand how an organic farm is set up, and how they attract natural predators –insect and mammals that include coyotes and weasels — to take care of pests. They also plant rows of native plants and pollinator-attracting plants that provide habitat for beneficial insects. It was obvious that Abby and her husband, Jason, really love what they do. [Read more...]
Many states have killing contests for our nation’s predators, such as coyotes. Now there’s good news in ending this – at least in California.
In past posts I’ve written about the efforts of Project Coyote to promote co-existence between humans and coyotes and other predators. At their request, the California Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously to consider a statewide ban on wildlife killing contests. [Read more...]
In my previous post, For the Love of Hummingbirds, I mentioned Kurt Leuschner shared his favorite birding places in the Inland Empire and desert areas east of Los Angeles. Leuschner is a professor of natural resources at College of the Desert in Palm Desert and leads many birding and nature walks. Here they are [Read more...]
People obviously love hummingbirds. A large audience came to hear Kurt Leuschner, a professor at Palm Desert’s College of the Desert, speak to the Redlands horticulture group about hummingbirds. He started out reminding us that we’re lucky. While folks in the East get excited about their one species, the Ruby-throated, that’s better than Europe, Africa and the rest of the Old World – which have none. Here in Southern California [Read more...]
Our eccentric died in December. Ten years ago we adopted Dusty, a 30-year old African grey parrot into our family. All we knew about Dusty was he had three prior homes that ended in divorce or break-ups. Doing a little math tells you that with three homes, six people didn’t want to keep him over the years. He obviously had behavior problems, or at least he wasn’t the parrot they expected. I’ll tell a few Dusty stories before getting to why he, our other parrots and even the many wild birds outside are such special beings. [Read more...]