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Archive for March, 2010

California bear hunting: Stop proposal to expand bear hunting!

Photo by Flickr user brownpau used under a Creative Commons License
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Help save California’s black bears!
From Big Wildlife, Los Padres Forest Watch, and The Humane Society of the United States:

“In January, the California Department of Fish and Game unveiled proposed changes to bear hunting regulations that would: allow an unlimited number of bears to be killed across California during the trophy hunting season; permit the use of high-tech global positioning equipment and “tip switches” on hound collars to make it easy to locate and kill a bear; open the first-ever bear hunting season in San Luis Obispo County and expand the trophy hunts in Modoc and Lassen counties; and significantly expand the hound training season, allowing hounds to harass bears nearly all year long.”
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Under: Black bears, Hunting | 8 Comments »

California tiger salamander is FINALLY protected

California tiger salamander (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)

I received the following information from the Center for Biological Diversity’s weekly e-newsletter for March 11:

On March 3 … “the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to protect the imperiled California tiger salamander under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

“The sensitive salamander depends on seasonal ponds, or vernal pools, for breeding — but these pools have proven ephemeral in more ways than one. In recent decades, 95 percent of California’s vernal pools has been lost to development — as has at least 75 percent of the species’ habitat across the state.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Under: Amphibians, California tiger salamander | No Comments »

National Poison Prevention Week: Protect your pets from poisons

Lab photo by Flickr user kevin rodriguez ortiz used under a Creative Commons License
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ASPCA Reminds Pet Parents: Protect Your Pet from Perilous Poisons

It’s National Poison Prevention Week and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reminds us that there are a LOT of poisons that our pets can encounter around the house while going about their everyday activities during the week. Please keep that in mind and read the following information carefully. You might even want to print it out and post it on your refrigerator door. It couldn’t hurt. /Gary

From the ASPCA:
Has your dog ever chomped on chocolate? Does your kitty like to snack on plants? In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 14 to March 20), the ASPCA sheds light on the most common dangers pets may encounter, and offers helpful advice for poison-proofing your home.
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Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2010
Under: ASPCA, Poison, Poisonous plants | 3 Comments »

Mother Goose Reality Show: Watch her nest on our Webcam!

Mother Goose and Dad. (Dan Rosenstrauch/staff)
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Time for our Mother Goose Reality Show!

Mama Goose is nesting on the roof of the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California. You can watch her incubating her eggs, preening, carefully turning her eggs and enjoying life as she waits for her eggs to hatch.

Watch our Mother Goose as long and as much as you like by clicking on

Enjoy! We sure are! /Gary

Posted on Friday, March 12th, 2010
Under: Geese, Mother Goose | 3 Comments »

Dog walking: Fletcher has beautiful feet!

Fletcher’s beautiful feet. Photo by Heather Y. Heaton, Lafayette, CA
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Dear Gary:
My grandaughter, Heather Y. Heaton, is having much fun taking walks in the woods with Fletcher. Cell phone cameras are one of the wonders of the world.
Bob Heaton, Lafayette

Fletcher has beautiful feet! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, March 11th, 2010
Under: dogs | 1 Comment »

Webcam: Watch the Times’ Mother Goose nesting on our roof!

Mother Goose
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A Canada goose we call “Mother Goose” started nesting on our rooftop here at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, CA,  five years ago and she has returned every spring since then to raise a new family of goslings.

She’s back again this year and you can watch our Mother Goose yourself during daylight hours via our new Webcam:

Watch as long as you like. Have fun, we sure are! The eggs should hatch anytime after March 28. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Under: Canada Goose, Mother Goose | 2 Comments »

Florida’s pythons: Pay $26 for a License To Kill

Pythons. Photo by Flickr user wildxplorer used under a Creative Commons License
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Pythons, boas, anacondas, monitor lizards, iguanas and other exotic invasive species have become a serious problem in the South Florida everglades. Thousands of these creatures thrive and reproduce in the state’s tropical climate and are competing with the state’s native wild species.

Monday was the first day of the state of Florida’s hunting season for all of the above mentioned exotic animals. All you need to do is buy a hunting license and a special $26 permit for the “privilege” of hunting and killing these non-native creatures.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Under: Exotic wildlife, Pythons | 1 Comment »

Grizzly Bears: Montana Pole Dancing

Montana Pole Dancing

When you finish enjoying this great little Montana Pole Dancing episode, check out our Mother Goose Cam and watch the Canada goose that nests on our Times’ rooftop every spring as she incubates her eggs:

Enjoy! /Gary

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010
Under: Bears | 1 Comment »

Bald eagles: Special photo centerpiece in Sunday papers

Three bald eagles (Aric Crabb/staff)
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Coming Sunday in Bay Area News Group newspapers — A special photo essay centerpiece on bald eagles by BANG staff photographer Aric Crabb

The bald eagle is an American success story. After four decades of being on the endangered species list, the population recovered to the point where it was delisted in 2007. It’s now estimated that 200 pairs of nesting bald eagles live throughout California, with 9,789 pairs in the lower 48 states.
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Posted on Friday, March 5th, 2010
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Bobcat: Can you find the bobcat in this picture?

Bobcat photo by Andy Marino, Sunol, Calif.
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We thought you might enjoy this picture of a bobcat, taken as our family hiked through Sunol on Feb. 27. It was on the trail to Little Yosemite. My husband Andy Marino took the picture. Enjoy!
Renee Marino, Sunol, Calif.

Great bobcat photo. I particularly like this because it illustrates how you usually see a bobcat in the wild. You have to REALLY look for it. The picture above is how the bobcat looked when you guys spotted it and your husband took the photo. Now click on “Read the rest of this entry” below to go to the next page where I’ve blown up the photo so you can get a better look at that BIG kitty.
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Posted on Friday, March 5th, 2010
Under: Bobcats | 2 Comments »