Butterflies were flying this week in our garden on Milagra Ridge. Swallowtails (top three on Jupiter's beard) and monarchs (bottom two on butterfly bush) took center stage. Monarchs in particular have declined in numbers due to habitat loss and GMO-related causes. Planting milkweed and nectar-producing plants helps them during migration. (Leo Leon photos)
On my Moss Beach neighborhood NextDoor forum, homeowners are going ballistic and getting creative about gopher attacks on their lawns and gardens. Apparently, the drought has made the problem worse. Readers all have their favorite antidotes: dried potato flakes, Sweeney solar spikes, dry ice, dog and cat poop, human male urine, laxatives, garlic, chewing gum, hair clippings, coffee grounds, smoke bombs, car exhaust, water, firecrackers, above-ground pinwheels, below-ground gopher wire. Please click Comments below this post to submit your suggestions.
Two Montara motorists, Lindley Ferchel and Rusty Rosenberg, stopped their cars alongside midcoast Highway 1 to rescue a pelican sickened by naturally occurring domoic acid from algae in the Pacific Ocean. They arranged transportation for the ailing fishing bird to the Peninsula Humane Society for treatment. The pelican's prognosis is not known. (Source: Half Moon Bay Review, August 12)
Loulou Wilt on Moss Beach NextDoor.com shares an August 12 Bay City News item about a coyote charging a dog and its owner who were taking an early-morning walk on the 100 block of Esplanade in Pacific Manor. The owner chased the coyote away and no one was hurt. (photo via Pixabay)
On August 5, the Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to ban bobcat trapping in California! In a close vote, the scores of thoughtful and passionate comments by supporters of the ban made the difference. EPIC members swarmed the commission meeting. Supporters of the ban outnumbered trappers and their lobbyists 10-1. Many EPIC members who could not attend signed the petition.
Banning bobcat trapping is just the first step in ensuring that California’s predators are protected. The commission also accepted a petition from EPIC to protect the Humboldt marten under the California Endangered Species Act and EPIC presented a scientific review to support protecting the northern spotted owl under the California Endangered Species Act.
EPIC advocates for science-based protection and restoration of northwest California's forests. Our grassroots organization is supported by people like you, so if you like what you see here, please make a contribution: Wild California
Three barn owls have taken up residence in a Canary palm tree on Amapola Avenue in Pacifica. Here they are during the day looking down from their hidden perch. Palms are a favorite nesting place for barn owls. Every evening these three make a racket with their very distinctive screeching. They live on rodents, which is obvious from the remains in the owl pellets below the palm. (Story and photo by Kevin Kelly)
Pacifica.city created this map image from the incident log of the GSAT that SF Gate entered the data points for. GSAT keeps an incident log of shark attack files: Shark Attack Data Interactive Map
GSAT shows four incidents in or near Pacifica in the past 24 years: 1/1/1986, Linda Mar, Pacifica, surfing, unprovoked, non-fatal; 1/12/1990, Montara Beach, San Mateo County, surfing, unprovoked, non-fatal; 3/12/1993, Pedro Point, Pacifica, free diving, unprovoked, non-fatal; 6/25/2013, Pacifica, kayaking, unprovoked, non-fatal.
Red-tailed hawk in Pacifica.July 20 sunset in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Dolores. Surfers ride waves at Linda Mar State Beach, with Pedro Rock in the background. Whale dives offshore. (Leo Leon photos)