Palos Verdes-South Bay Sierra Club

Category: Wildlife


Fabulous, Fantastic Feathers

From T. rex to hummingbirds, feathers are more than just fluff.

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Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

Photographer Bev Gates chanced upon this fox in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Virtual Social Hour: International Bird Rescue, July 25th

The oily bird gets the care.

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Virtual Social Hour: Giving Injured Marine Mammals a Second Chance

An illustrated talk by Dave Bader of the Marine Mammals Care Center

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Wildlife of the Angeles National Forest Captured by Photographer Robert Martinez

April 25, Robert Martinez presents Wildlife of the Angeles National Forest
Photo copyright Robert Martinez

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Madrona Marsh Preserve: A Refuge from the Storm

Some places carry a timeless quality. Explore Madrona Marsh with us.

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Our Melodic Visitors from the North

Follow this white-crowned sparrow’s story

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Watching and Listening to Birds—Just What the Doctor Ordered!

By Susan Rothrock Deo Have you found yourself listening to the birds singing more since the pandemic started? You are not alone, and it’s not just because there are fewer human-caused sounds since we are home more. According to Mary…

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Lizard Love

By Susan Rothrock Deo Walking my dog in early April, I found this pair of southern alligator lizards, Elgaria multicarinata, on a neighboring block. I watched them for several minutes and they didn’t move. I wasn’t sure what they were…

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State allows power plants to continue harmful cooling method

By Melanie Cohen, Environmental Co-Chair In 2010, after decades of complaints from environmentalists, California water regulators ordered 19 coastal power plants to phase out a cooling process that is blamed for killing billions of marine organisms every year. In “once-through…

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Along the Path: Our Prickly Neighbors and Their Friends

An introduction to the cacti down the street

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Along the Path: The El Segundo Blue Returns

By Susan Rothrock Deo Slideshow: 1-4 Tracy Drake, 5 Eva Cicoria, 6 Susan Deo, 7 Paul Blieden I scanned the prolific clusters of flowers, scattered like pink tinged cotton balls, across the bushy plant. The plant was maybe three feet…

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Fun Facts on Indian Wildlife

Langur monkey crawling across a tree limb

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Invisible Friends

Text and photographs by Emile Fiesler Gardeners encounter numerous animals that enjoy feeding on the plants in their gardens.  These animals are typically labeled “pests.” There are other animals that prey on these pests, and these are typically labeled “beneficial.” …

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Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature – Music in the Air

By Susan Rothrock Deo                                                                         …

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Along the Path — Nature Close to Home: Entertaining and Enlightening

Story and Photos By Susan Rothrock Deo Greetings from the depths of our “Corona Spring.” None of us can predict what things will look like by the time you read this newsletter. We can only practice our best social distancing…

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Safer at Home Humor

By Cheryl Frick, Outings Leader

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The Gnatcatcher Saves Coastal Habitat

By Barbara Dye, former Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy The Rancho Palos Verdes Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP), which gave us the nature preserve, all started because of a small, gray bird, the coastal California gnatcatcher,…

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Along the Path: A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican

By Susan Rothrock Deo A Wonderful Bird Is the Pelican/  His bill can hold more than his belican.     [from a limerick by Dixon Lanier Merritt] We watch them floating in formation along the coast, or they watch us…

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Whale of a Day

The Rancho Palos Verdes annual Whale of a Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The event is free to the public. There are activities for children ~ face painting, children’s crafts, small…

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The Wanderer with Purpose

Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature By Susan Rothrock Deo I love to go a-wandering/ Along the mountain track/ And as I go, I love to sing/ My knapsack on my back. Do you like to…

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Along the Path: Soaring Free – The Red Tailed Hawk

By Susan Rothrock Deo              (Soaring hawk photo by Ashok Khosla) “Keee. Keeeee.” The shrill call pierced the air. Three red tailed hawks soared over the canyon, their pale, brick-red tails glinting like stained glass….

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Up Against the Wall

By Judy Herman and Melanie Cohen Children torn from their mothers’ arms, caged and left to sleep on concrete floors where bright lights glare around the clock. You’ve heard how the current U.S. border policy tramples human rights, but do…

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Misadventures in the Skin Trade

By Dave Wiggins, Conservation Co-Chair Habitat destruction caused by agricultural devel- opment and mineral extraction? Entire ecosys- tems altered, perhaps permanently, by advanc- ing climate changes brought on by greenhouse gas emissions? These are of course very real threats to…

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Along the Path:

A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature By Susan Rothrock Deo How Did THAT Get There: Pt. 2: Animals The first time I heard a peacock, we were visiting my husband’s family in India. Their calls here in Palos Verdes…

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Paddle out Plastic

By Eva Cicoria What comes to mind when you think of a port?  Boats, barges, cargo, cranes?   What about sea life?  In LA Harbor, as I’ve discovered over years kayaking there, you’ll find

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Links of Interest

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Republican-controlled refinery committee voted 3-2 to support an industry-backed alternative. Los Angeles Times Bald eagle chick webcam Daily News The clean cars you don’t see in TV ads Daily News

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Cadiz Plan Threatens Desert Wildlife and South Bay Drinking Water

By John Monsen, Angeles Chapter Water Committee Cadiz, Inc. is a corporate water speculator proposing one of the most destructive projects ever conceived for our Southern California deserts. Defying logic and ignoring the damage it would cause, Cadiz plans to…

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Whale of a Day, Sat., April 13

Celebrate the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from Alaska to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California with free family activities and information from conservation groups, including the Sierra Club. Point Vicente Interpretive Center 31501 Palos Verdes…

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Coyotes!

Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature By Susan Rothrock Deo   (Featured photo by Paul Blieden)   Have you heard them howling? Have you seen one prancing down the road? Coyotes are alive and well in our…

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Links of Interest

Peninsula cities coyote sighting app What coyotes really eat: Looking inside urban coyotes’ stomachs Our Drowning Coast: New Orleans in Peril  How to make cities friendly to electric vehicles Electricity from food waste (Daily News)

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