Tule elk at Sunol by Terri Bostater, Pleasanton, CA
I work part time at Sunol Ohlone Regional Wilderness and my frequent trips to this wonderful place let me see some amazing things, especially animals. On Monday, this week, on my way home from the park, I noticed two men on Calaveras Road looking up the hill. One of them had binoculars. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of whatever they were looking at. I pulled over and to my delight was this huge bull elk, not 100 yards from the road. I’ve learned to always have my camera with me and ready to use at all times. I was so happy to capture an image of him and wanted to share with you. Terri Bostater, Pleasanton, California
Thanks for sharing that tule elk with us. The Sunol Regional Wilderness is one of the few places in the East Bay Area where you can get lucky enough to see one of those beautiful animals. In fact there’s a whole herd of tule elk there. /Gary
“White” (left) and normal colored raccoon (right). Photo by Ann Sevier, Walnut Creek, CA
My hubby and I came home to find 4 raccoons on our deck last evening. I had seen them once before, but failed to get a good pic. Last night I got 2 good pics showing their unique color. Please let me know how common tan and brown raccoons are! Ann Sevier, Walnut Creek, California Read the rest of this entry »
Hot pigs take cool bath in steamy rain forest jungle. Photo by Gary Bogue
While wandering through the steaming hot rain forest jungle on a little island off the coast of Singapore in early October of last year, I came across these two wild pigs. They obviously knew how to deal with the horrific heat and humidity.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room for me to join them. /Gary
Ant sculpture. Photo by Flickr user P Pogo used under a Creative Commons License.
Last week I asked readers of my daily newspaper column if they were having ant problems. I was curious, since ants have been trying (for weeks!) to carry my house away. I filled up my Sunday (Jan. 9) column with responses (“Ants in your pants? Me, too. It tickles”) and still had plenty left over. I don’t want them to go to waste, so here they are:
MORE ANTS IN OUR PANTS
*** My ants are very creative. We came home from Lake Tahoe a few weekends ago to find they were living in my carnivorous plant! The pitchers on my plant are so large and the ants so small, that they were wandering in and out again at will. Must’ve been the local ant gang with some very high-risk behavior! Love your column. (Karen in Kensington, CA) Read the rest of this entry »
Wind turbines, Altamont Pass, Calif. Photo by Mike Parr, American Bird Conservancy.
Recent bird kills are only the tip of the iceberg
I just received the following News Release relating to the recent reports of thousands of dead birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Sweden. I thought you might find it interesting. I sure do. /Gary
(Washington, D.C., January 6, 2011) Recent reports of thousands of dead birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, while getting much attention in the press, only represent a tiny fraction of birds killed each year due to human causes, according to American Bird Conservancy, the nation’s leading bird conservation organization.
“There are many human-related causes of bird mortality including buildings, outdoor cats, pesticides, communication towers, automobiles, wind farms, and lead poisoning from spent ammunition and lost fishing tackle. But because most of the deaths from those sources often occur in ones or twos, they often go unnoticed or unreported,” said ABC Vice President Mike Parr. Read the rest of this entry »
Bullfrog. Photo by Flickr user John-Morgan used under a Creative Commons License
In March of 2010, in a move to protect the state’s natural resources, The California State Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously to direct the California Department of F&G to cease issuing permits for the importation of live frogs and turtles for human consumption, the culmination of a 15-year struggle. The Commission received nearly 4,000 letters supporting the ban, from conservation and sporting organizations and the general public. Former Resources Secretary Huey Johnson wrote twice. Read the rest of this entry »
Guinea hens from Flying Pig Ranch, Martinez, CA. Photo by Sue Horn, Mtz., CA
I find when I leave lights on outside our chicken/guinea barn, the guineas like to stay out late! This is Big Boy in front, with Cyranose de Birdgerac and Ethel behind him. Happy New Year from the folks and critters of the Flying Pig Ranch, Martinez, California. Sue Horn, Flying Pig Ranch
That’s a guinea hen for you — party, party, party — all night long! And a Happy New Year back at you. Just one question … how come you didn’t send us a picture of a flying pig? /Gary