The Foggy View is the newsletter of the Palos Verdes-South Bay Group with the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Our group includes those members residing in Carson, Gardena, Harbor City, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, San Pedro, Torrance and Wilmington.
The ExCom Welcomes Elizabeth Neat and Shera Dolmatz
You may recognize the names of our new ExCom members from their writing for the Foggy View. We look forward to more contributions from them. Elizabeth Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is a Sierra Club program that provides safe and fun outdoor experiences for youth and adults from marginalized communities. ICO is part of the Outdoors…
Foggy View Hiatus
March 2023 will be the last update of the Foggy View or the website until we get a new editor. The only part of the website that will remain current is the Calendar, which is linked to Campfire. For information about hikes, click “Calendar” on the top green bar. You can print out a list…
Exploring Costa Rica with the Sierra Club
A small country with tremendous biodiversity
What did I see? What did I smell?: The Lives of Darkling Beetles
What’s that dark, shiny thing crawling under the buckwheat?
See a Reggie? Tell the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
By Gwendolyn Henry Have you ever seen or encountered wildlife and wanted to report it to CDFW online? You can using the Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) system! Reports made using the WIR system aid CDFW’s research and add to statistics on wildlife reports. If you have difficulty (such as wildlife getting into trash cans) or…
Could You Edit the Foggy View?
Care about the environment? Got communication skills? Edit the Foggy View!
Liane Minckler Joins Communications Team
The Foggy View is happy to welcome our new copy editor, LIane Minckler. Liane says, “I have lived in Colorado my whole life and immensely enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and skiing. I also love water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and lake activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. I…
Better Bluffs Bring Back Blue Butterflies
Close up photo of the el Segundo blue butterfly by Eva Cicoria.
Resilience in the Face of Natural Disasters
Solar panels helped a Florida community retain power after a hurricane. Can they do the same in earthquake country? Photo: Henrik Kam.
The Island Fox: The Little Mammal with the Big Job
A distinct subspecies of island fox developed on each of six California Channel Islands. Photo: Santa Cruz Island Foxes. Paul Blieden
Holiday Leader Appreciation Lunch
We celebrated our hard-working leaders and enjoyed socializing over a bountiful Pollo Inka lunch. Photos by Marilee Tadler, human companion to our Monday night mascot, Jag
Holiday Lights Hike
Bill Lavoie led us on our annual Holiday Lights Hike in Torrance’s Sleepy Hollow neighborhood.
What’s in Your Water?
Should you trust your tap water?
Holiday Party and Leader Appreciation Lunch
Please join us for our Holiday Party and Leader Appreciation Luncheon Sun, Dec 11, 2022,1:00 pm El Pollo Inka, Peninsula Center. Join us for holiday fun and spirit and leader recognition for the countless hours they volunteer each week. Price: $29 per person. Limited to 50 participants. Please RSVP early to Leader Bill Lavoie:…
A Mammoth Good Time
The PV-SB Group’s popular Mammoth bus trip returned this year.
The Thunderbird Rises:
The California condor is the largest land bird in North America.
What is the ExCom Anyway?
You may have heard them term “ExCom” bandied about at Sierra Club events. You may even have been urged to join it. But what is it? It stands for Executive Committee, not to be confused with “ex-con.” It’s the officers of the group, plus a few others, who keep the PV-SB Group going. Find their names,…
Volunteers tracking individual raptor nests over years build a picture of how human activity is impacting wildlife.
California Brown Pelican: Mysterious Deaths Despite DDT Ban
The continuing saga of the California brown pelican. Photo: Beverly Gates
California Fires: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Some conifers need fire to propagate, but climate change makes fires too frequent and destructive.
This Year’s Team Sierra City Hike
by Elizabeth Neat, PV-SB Group member. Photo ©Ann Salvador. Used by permission. What sights or experiences come to mind when you think of Downtown LA? For me, it has been hotels and conventions and getting lost driving in a maze of freeway ramps and one-way streets. That said, I recently signed on to help organize…
Save $ While Helping Save the Planet
Considering solar panels, an electric car or energy-efficient appliances? Now’s the time. The Inflation Reduction Act offers tax breaks on devices that help slow climate change. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/13/how-to-qualify-for-inflation-reduction-act-climate-tax-breaks-rebates.html Photo: Electric vehicles-U.S. Department of Energy-2010-public domain
Earth Day Round-up
Local Earth Day events in April provided an opportunity to recruit new Sierra Club members. The South Bay Parkland Conservancy’s celebration in Redondo Beach’s Wilderness Park offered an array of food and activities, including an overnight camp out. Though they didn’t stay overnight, members of our ExCom Dave Wiggins, Al Sattler and Bill Lavoie were…
A Plea to Prevent a Plastic-tastophe at the Port
Prudent planning can slow the flow of plastic into the harbor.
“Nature’s Best Hope” and the Future of Our Yards
Create a national park in your backyard.
I’m breaking up with plastic.
50 ways to leave your lover? Not here, but learn 10 ways to ditch plastic.
Along the Path
Native bees are much more efficient than honey bees because they have evolved with native flowers.
Electric Vehicles for All
New federal bill would extend access to electric vehicles.
Peacocks: The Gorgeous Invaders
Pride or pest? The exotic pets that flew the coop and multiplied.
Safeguarding White Sage
Unfortunately, most of the white sage being sold is poached from the wild and local populations are being decimated.
Along the Path: The Wisdom of the Sages
Our local coastal sage scrub is more than just pretty and fragrant. Sage and sagebrush were important for food and medicine to the Tongva, the indigenous people of the South Bay.
Earth Day Activities
***Sierra Club Re-mobilizes for Earth Day*** Click to find out how you can help. Saturday, April 23Palos Verdes Peninsula Land ConservancyEarth Day CelebrationWhite Point Nature Preserve9:00am – 12:00pm1600 West Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com Saturday, April 23AltaSeaCelebrating our Blue Earth10:00am – 1:30pm2451 South Signal Street, Berth 58, San Pedro, CA 90731www.altasea-project-blue.org April 23-24Aquarium…
MAMMOTH / EASTERN SIERRA BUS TRIP
SEPTEMBER 10-13, 2022 , SATURDAY – TUESDAY Back by popular demand! Join us for four fun days of hiking in the spectacular Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, John Muir’s favorite place on Earth. Participants must be fit to hike 5-7 miles in hilly terrain at high altitude. The daylong hikes include many breaks and 45 minutes for lunch. There will be…
Plant Poaching, Illegal Exporting Rings, and the Endangered Dudleya Succulents
Photo of Dudleya virens by Dieter Wilkens.
Our Window into the Marine World: Tidepools
Without scuba gear we can explore the marine world in tidepools.
Air, Land and Sea: Microplastics Are Everywhere
By Shera Dolmatz New evidence illustrates that the ocean is sending minuscule bits of plastic pollution back into the air and onto the land. Bodies of water long believed to be the final resting grounds for discarded plastics are not the last stop. The atmosphere, ocean, and waterways working together keep microplastics cycling throughout the…
Concerned about Electric Bikes and Other Inappropriate Uses of Trails?
By Vicky Hoover, member, Recreation Issues Subteam Photo by Karl Forsgaard Do one, two, three, or even more, of the issues below bother you? Interest you? Concern you? Upset you? Make you feel some action is needed toward better management? Off-road vehicles (motorcycles, electric bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, jet-skis, etc—whether creating noise, conflict with hikers, or…
Get Trained in Wilderness First Aid
A two-day Wilderness First Aid Course (WFAC) will be held on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15 in Fullerton. The Saturday class will be indoors, with skills exercises in an outdoor courtyard. The Sunday class will be outdoors in a park. Both Saturday and Sunday sessions will have COVID precautions including masks and appropriate…
Redondo Beach City Council Votes for Green Power
RUHS students, including Rylee Goldfarb (l) and Madison Wilmes (r), helped turn the tide.
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