Sorry, dog huggers, but a new study says that dogs hate hugs. Read it and weep:
Sanderlings pictured at Pacifica State Beach (above) have just arrived from the Arctic tundra, where they breed during the summer. Desperately tired and hungry after their 2,000-mile journey, they settle on the sand and follow the waves in and out, digging for sand crabs that make up most of their diet. Any off-leash dog chasing them relentlessly, as did this husky mix on a recent Friday afternoon, cuts down on their chances for survival. To help reverse the serious decline in shorebird populations, we humans can extend our seasonal goodwill to all species sharing the beach with us and let them rest and feed in peace.
Good news about Pacifica bird life in and around Rockaway Quarry and Calera Creek wetlands. All the more reason not to develop the quarry.
A mountain lion was reported 100 feet from the 1000 block of San Carlos Avenue in El Granada. The animal was seen December 23 at approximately 5:20 p.m. in open space, but it retreated toward a more rural area. Sheriff's deputies responded and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the animal. Use caution. Here are some important safety tips for you to remember regarding mountain lions. While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, you can follow a few simple rules to keep yourself and your family safe:
• Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
• If you see a mountain lion, DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.
• Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night.
• Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas.
• If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms and opening your jacket wide; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
• Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey for a mountain lion.
• For more information about mountain lions: www.keepmewild.org
Become a San Francisco Bay ACS Chapter Naturalist! February 4, 2016 naturalist classes are now taking sign-ups. Classes fill very quickly, so be sure to sign up right away by emailing Lynette R. Koftinow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by San Francisco Bay Chapter, American Cetacean Society: