Pesticide Use: Consider the Collateral Damage

Pesticide Use: Consider the Collateral Damage

Asian Citrus Psyllid

A couple things have prompted this post. First, we have a potentially devastating disease hitting citrus trees in SoCal with the arrival of an insect Asian Citrus Psyllid. To combat it, a pesticide spray composed of two common insecticides is being applied to local trees. Second, I read a Sierra magazine article called Parkinson’s Alley, on the high rate of Parkinson’s disease in a Central California town surrounded by high agricultural pesticide use. [Read more…]

Wine Drinkers: Choose Corked Wine

Wine Drinkers: Choose Corked Wine

During the last year I’ve read about the importance of cork trees and recently read another article on the topic in Living Bird magazine, which expressed concern that wine bottlers were replacing cork stoppers with plastic or screw caps.

Main takeaway: The cork stopper in your wine bottle represents a rich history, vital income for generations of Europeans and a key to conserving European birds, plants and a number of endangered species. [Read more…]

Coyote Trapping Planned for Carson CA

Coyote Trapping Planned for Carson CA

If you live in SoCal and particularly Carson  – and are concerned about plans to kill coyotes –  please read below from Bee Simpson of  ProjectCoyote. (see  my  previous blog about them

2/11/12 Update: Carson Trapping Plan Continues – The city decided to go ahead and remove the coyotes. Letters/emails still help. Meanwhile, Bee and others continue to work with city. [Read more…]

Bees: Consider Live Bee Removal for Hives

Bees: Consider Live Bee Removal for Hives

A couple years ago the picture above told us we definitely had a bee problem in the eaves of our house. But we’re bee proponents – we plant plants on our property to nourish them year-round and we’re concerned about the die-off that’s been publicized.  So – we were glad to find ‘live bee’ removal services that cost the same or less than exterminating them.  [Read more…]

Wildlife Cam Shots–While You’re Sleeping

Wildlife Cam Shots–While You’re Sleeping

Nothing like a wildlife camera to show what’s out on your property — We live in a suburban area on a half acre, 2 houses from a golf course. There is an alley in back, where I saw coyotes trotting by one early morning, so figured there were more critters to be had. We’ve also preserved native plant habitat and are creating more, so wondered what was out there when we were sleeping or not looking. [Read more…]

Some Truths about Rattlesnakes (and myth debunking…..)

Some Truths about Rattlesnakes (and myth debunking…..)

Acquaintances of ours were over at our house the other night and when they asked if we wanted to see a photo of the rattlesnake they found on their property,  I thought to myself  ‘they probably killed it.’ Yep, they did. It was a good 4-plus feet long, so likely had lived many years of its 25 year lifespan in the wild canyon that is off one side of their property.

While I’ve encountered few rattlesnakes on my various hikes, we have encountered over a half dozen on the 3 acre canyon property we lived on in San Diego County.

Except for the concern for our dog, we didn’t mind them around because: [Read more…]

The Value of Old Growth Trees

The Value of Old Growth Trees

We’ve lived in Southern California now for 9 years and several years ago moved to Redlands, CA. This city has a long history dating back to the 1880s where it became the winter home for many wealthy Mid-westerners, similar to Pasadena. One thing that attracted us the most were Redland’s numerous old trees, many dating back 100 plus years. [Read more…]