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Huntington Central Park Field Trip Reminder: 8 AM, Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 11, 2019
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We look for the local Great Horned Library-Owl, a most erudite fellow and friend of Pooh.

Huntington [Beach] Central Park is a well-known Autumn trap for all our western migrant songbirds.

But wait, there’s more! Every year the park hosts small numbers of stray flycatchers, vireos, sparrows and warblers from the eastern U.S.

And more! It also has resident exotics like Scaly-breasted Munia (aka Nutmeg Mannikin & Spice Finch) Lonchura punctulata, Orange-cheeked Waxbill Estrilda melpoda, Orange Bishop Euplectes franciscanus, and Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura. Anything can happen!


Pin-tailed Whydah, normally found in Africa.

Leader:  Liz Galton egalton[AT]

Family Guide: 1-2 miles of walking on paved & crushed granite pathways and on lawn.

Google Map to Huntington Central Park

Directions to Park [17775 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach 92647]
From Santa Monica – 42 miles, allow 1 hour.
Take SAN DIEGO FWY (I-405), exit on GOLDEN WEST ST. Go south about 3 miles to SLATER AVE. Turn left on SLATER AVE, then about 100 yds to parking lot on right. Meet in parking lot.

Porcupines Give You 30,000 Reasons to Back Off | Deep Look Video

October 10, 2019

Porcupines may be adorable, but their quills are razor-sharp, designed to impale and next to impossible to remove. But it’s not all bad news. Researchers are designing new surgical staples that mimic the quill’s shape to better close wounds and promote healing.

This is another installment of the PBS Deep Look series; this installment is adapted from the “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]

Native Plant Sale Reminder: 10am – 3pm, October 12-13, 2019

October 10, 2019

Here’s a message from the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Native plants feed native insects which feed native birds.
No food, no insects, no birds.
A native oak can feed 500 native insect species where an African or
Australian tree will support only three species.

Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13, 2019 – 10 am – 3 pm
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91436

Member Pre-Sale at 9:30 am -10 am Saturday only
All CNPS members get 10% off plants & books*
*CNPS members must show CNPS ID card or a
recent Toyon with their address label to receive discounts

Website: Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mtns. Chapter of California Native Plant Society

We will continue with our expanded selection this year – with a focus on species that can survive in our hot and dry climate – there is a plant that can fill your garden’s needs. Many native plants can survive quite well with natural rainfall once they get established. ltems for sale include perennial wild flowers, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees. A diverse selection of wildflower seeds will be available for purchase. Also for sale are new and used natural history and native gardening books, activity books for children, field guides, and posters. Refreshment s and lunch will be available for purchase.

During the sale, experienced CNPSers can assist you in selecting plants that are suitable for your garden! Proceeds from the plant sale help support the activities of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of CNPS.

Native insects and birds love native plants (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

[Chuck Almdale]


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