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Fact vs. Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law… EXPLAINED! | PBS Science Video

November 20, 2017

Think you know the difference?

Some people try to attack things like evolution by natural selection and man-made climate change by saying “Oh, that’s just a THEORY!”

Yes, they are both theories. Stop saying it like it’s a bad thing! It’s time we learn the difference between a fact, a theory, a hypothesis, and a scientific law.

This is an installment of the PBS – It’s OK to be Smart series. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.  [Chuck Almdale]


Evening meeting location change for 5 December only

November 16, 2017

Santa Monica Parks are in the midst of a renovation of Joslyn Hall in Reed Park, so we had to change our location to the auditorium in Joslyn Park for the December 5 meeting. We will return to Reed Park for our February 6, 2018 meeting. Full details of the meeting and location will be announced next week.

Alert readers will note the similarity in venue names. Read more on this at the bottom.

Our New Location:
JOSLYN PARK Auditorium, 633 Kensington Road, Santa Monica
Five blocks south of Pico Blvd., two blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.
If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn southeast, pass Pico Blvd., drive five blocks to Kensington Rd., turn right, 2 blocks southwest to where Kensington turns left and becomes Beverly Ave. Also reached from Pico via 6th St. southeast to Hollister Ave, left on Hollister, left again on Beverly Ave. to Kensington. Park wherever you can.

Link to Google Map

Meeting Room: The auditorium is in the southwest corner of the park adjacent to Kensington Rd. where it turns and become Beverly Ave. [Chuck Almdale]

It turns out that both locations are named for this fellow below.

Marcellus L. Joslyn
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Marcellus L. Joslyn
Born February 6, 1873
Woodstock, Illinois
Died 1963
Known for Marcellus L. Joslyn Foundation
Spouse(s) Alice Cecelia Newell
Parent(s) Merritt L. and Mary Robinson Joslyn

Marcellus L. Joslyn (February 6, 1873 – 1963) was the founder and principal stockholder of the Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company, a Chicago, Illinois electrical supply firm.

Early life
Marcellus Linsey Joslyn was born in Woodstock, Illinois the youngest of the two sons, David Robinson Joslyn (1866–1937) and Marcellus L. Joslyn, of Merritt L. and Mary Robinson Joslyn.

Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Co., Chicago, Illinois”
In 1894 when Marcellus was a student (1893–1896) at Harvard Law School, he built his own telephone line to his parents’ home and then established the Citizens Telephone Co. In 1910, Marcellus opened Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Co., to manufacture telephone pole line hardware.

In the early 1950s, Joslyn worked with several airframe manufacturers and the Lightning and Transient Research Institute of Minneapolis to address post World War II concerns of lightning and electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) impacts on aircraft HF radios. Over the next several years, he recruited electronics engineers to design and develop product lines. After becoming a supplier of aircraft lightning arresters, the company introduced products for electrical surge and transient protection for power, communications, transportation and industrial process control.

Joslyn’s once said of his business philosophy, “Make no trade that is not good for both parties.” The Joslyn plan called for labor and management working together and as Joslyn said, “No man amounts to anything by himself and one can only rise by the friendships and loyalties of those around him which can only be secured by thoughtfulness and courtesy and fairness”.

Joslyn was president of the company until 1946 when he relinquished that office and became chairman of the board of directors.

Joslyn retired to Santa Monica, California, where he became involved in philanthropic interests.

Marcellus L. Joslyn Foundation
When Joslyn retired to the Santa Monica area in 1947 he became involved in real estate, lawn bowling, mountain climbing and philanthropic interests. In 1960 he founded the Marcellus L. Joslyn Foundation with major emphasis on Senior Citizen Centers, hospitals, colleges and other deserving groups. The foundation donated several million dollars to senior community centers and lawn bowls clubs in Southern California. Many Southern California bowling clubs carry the Joslyn name. Joslyn was elected to the US Lawn Bowls Hall of Fame.

Joslyn’s mother, Mary Robinson Joslyn spent the last years of her life in Santa Monica where she had (Robinson) relatives.

In 1899, Joslyn married Alice Cecelia Newell, and they had four children (sons Marcellus Newell, George Robinson, Meritt Lindsey and daughter Mary Cecelia Parker). The Joslyns lived in Hinsdale, Illinois. From 1902 to 1936 they spent approximately three months of each year in Southern California. In 1937 Alice Joslyn became bedridden, and from that time till Joslyn retired, the Joslyns spent approximately six months in California to avoid the Illinois winters.

A widely cited alimony legal case involved son George R. Joslyn and his wife, Charlotte C. Joslyn. George declared bankruptcy in 1936 but failed to schedule his interest in two trust estates, in each of which he was named as a beneficiary.

Now you know.

There’s Something Very Fishy About These Trees … | Deep Look Video

November 16, 2017

Salmon make a perilous voyage upstream past hungry eagles and bears to mate in forest creeks. When the salmon die, a new journey begins – with maggots.

This is another installment of the PBS Deep Look series. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.  [Chuck Almdale]

President’s Annual Appeal for 2017

November 12, 2017

Photo: Grace Murayama 7-23-17

It is again that time of year when we ask our fellow members and friends for their support. Remember, this is our only fund raising effort. Your help allows our all-volunteer group to accomplish much each year. Your donations are used to further our mission “to be a center for wildlife education, habitat protection, and conservation issues that involve birds.”

These efforts are of increasing importance in view of the decreasing support for environmental issues coming from the Federal Administration

You can DONATE four different ways:

  • With the self-addressed envelope enclosed with the annual appeal letter (sent to those already on our membership rolls)
  • Send a check to our mailing address: SMBAS, PO Box 35, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
  • With PayPal using the PayPal Widget located on the right side bar of the blog
  • With a Credit Card using the same PayPal Widget located on the right side bar of the blog.  You do not have to join PayPal to donate, just have your credit card “standing by.”

Please take a moment and make a donation today.

We continue our strong backing of all things bird, habitat, native plants, the environment and conservation through education, field trips, bird monitoring, speakers and grants to students and conservation groups.

Please take a minute to read the annual appeal letter below and see what we have been doing this year.

Thank you,

Adrian Douglas

Thank you for your enthusiasm for Santa Monica Bay Audubon. Your support has allowed our all-volunteer group to accomplish a lot in the past year.   We continue our strong backing of all things bird, habitat, native plants, the environment and conservation through education, field trips, bird monitoring, speakers and grants to students and conservation groups.

Unlike many other organizations, this is our only fund-raising effort.

  • 2017 saw the establishment of breeding Snowy Plovers (a Threatened species) and Least Terns (an Endangered species) at Malibu Lagoon for the first time in 70 years. These exciting events have been closely monitored by us.  Continued support for this effort into subsequent years is imperative in collaboration with State, Federal, and local agencies.  We continue our monthly Snowy Plover counts at Malibu Lagoon, Santa Monica Beach, and Zuma Beach.  Check out our new Snowy Plover page and slideshow on the blog.
  • To support the Snowy Plovers, we help fund the cost of fencing at Santa Monica beach and a plover/tern volunteer coordinator for Los Angeles County.
  • Our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks (fourth Sunday, 8:30 a.m.) and our special family walks (same day) at 10 a.m. continue to be popular and productive. We offer a different field trip on the second Saturday of the month. A complete field trip calendar is enclosed, please verify times and locations before you venture out to join us, phone numbers are provided.  By signing up to receive email notifications via our BLOG,, you will always be on top of upcoming trips and meetings. These trips are rich in experiences for the beginning birder as well as the experienced
  • In February, we will again offer the very popular field class designed to improve birding skills of beginning and intermediate birders, and to learn the birds of the Los Angeles region.
  • Our evening speaker programs are diverse and insightful. They are held the first Tuesday of October through May, except January. We meet in Santa Monica; locations vary, so keep in touch via the BLOG or or Twitter at
  • We continue our support of the Student Conservation Association which provides hands-on conservation service and training in the Santa Monica Mountains and/or Butterbredt Spring area, the site of our annual Christmas Count. We also support Friends of Big Morongo, American Bird Conservancy, and Birder’s Exchange.
  • For the Audubon Education Program at the Ballona Wetlands, we funded ten bus scholarships to help elementary school students come to Ballona Wetlands for field trips that – for many – is their first glimpse of a natural area.
  • We offer research grants to Santa Monica College, UCLA and Loyola Marymount students,
  • Follow the occasional blogs about local PhD students at Loyola Marymount and UCLA and their projects and impacts on the bay and birds.
  • We make presentations to area schools on local birds.
  • We send representatives to the Audubon California Assembly and the annual Rangewide Snowy Plover Conference.

This is your chapter and we hope you will join us in many of these activities.  We welcome your input to this diverse program of events and are looking for new board members if you have a couple of hours a month open.

If you wish to receive or continue to receive our bi-monthly, single sheet paper news update/calendar, please indicate on the enclosed remittance envelope.  (You need not donate to receive the print version.).

Please remember all contributions are fully tax deductible and will be used exclusively in direct support of our programs.  We hope you will consider the solid positive impact of our group and make a contribution.

The members of the Board of Directors thank you…and the birds thank you.

Adrian Douglas

Diorama Secrets, with Tim Bovard | Natural History Museum’s Curiosity Show

November 12, 2017

We are exploring more taxidermy at NHMLA, this time we are learning hidden details about the dioramas. Meet our African gorilla, see a herd of bison and some lurking predatory wolves, and learn why a swamp diorama got new river otters. Chris talks to Tim Bovard, the Museum’s head taxidermist, about how our dioramas are made and how we update them when they need a change.

This comes from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.  [Chuck Almdale]

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