Archive | May, 2013

Join us for a Special Presentation at the Ventura County Bird Club

Birds of Tanzania, Africa

A special presentation by Havasi Wilderness Foundation at the Ventura County Bird Club

Crowned Crane

 

We want to invite you to a special presentation on the Birds of Tanzania on Thursday, June 27th at 7:00pm at the Ventura County Bird Club’s monthly meeting.  During this presentation, we will take you on a visual journey into some of the country’s top national parks, and identify many common and rare bird species of these unique ecosystems.

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View Live Footage of Owl, Hawk, and Eagle Nest Activity

Eaglecrest Estate, in partnership with Raptor Resource Project of Decorah and Ustream, has installed several 24/7 live-streaming video cameras at various raptor nests.

 

One of the seldom-seen wonders of nature are the secret and elusive activities of mother and baby birds in their nests.  Adult hawks are often common sights throughout much of the United States, but rarely are young birds seen, and even rarer is it to catch a glimpse of a raptor nest and the growing chicks nestled inside.  Eaglecrest Estate, in partnership with Raptor Resource Project of Decorah, Iowa  and Ustream, have installed several 24/7 live-streaming video cameras at the sites of various raptor nests, to give the public an inside look.

        Check out the Eaglecrest Nest Cameras

The project has expanded to include views from thirteen cameras at the nests of various species.   Viewers can stay up to date on nest activity via e-mail by sending an e-mail to eaglecrestwildlife@gmail.com.

It’s Not Too Late To Spot Wildflowers In Southern California

Matilija Poppies.  Late Spring bloomers

Matilija Poppies. Late Spring bloomers

 

This year was a rough season for wildflowers in Southern California.  Minimal rainfall, warm temperatures at odd times, and even a few early wildfires stunted this year’s wildflower season.  In all but a few places, we did not witness meadows and rolling hills carpeted in periwinkle or orange.  The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve barely experienced a showing, and issued a statement on April 29th stating that the wildflower season had ended early.

Don’t give up hope just yet.  For those of us who are willing to get out there and look for wildflowers, they can be found.  Although California’s main spring bloom may be over, there is a second wave taking place in late spring and into the summer.  Here are some of the species to look for, and where to find them.

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