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Badgers, Lagoons, Owls, Islands and Harriers

February 8, 2013

Jim Kenney was out on the Carrizo Plains a few weeks back and got these shots.

Long-eared Owl in Carrizo Plains (J. Kenney 1/27/13)

Long-eared Owl in Carrizo Plains (J. Kenney 1/27/13)

Badger in Carrizo Plains (J. Kenney 1/27/13)

Badger in Carrizo Plains (J. Kenney 1/27/13)

The badger was seen near the small community of California Valley and the owl was roosting in pine trees a bit north of the Carrizo Plains Visitor Center.
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Malibu Lagoon at high tide 1/29/13 (LightHawk courtesy of SMBRC)

Malibu Lagoon at high tide 1/29/13 (LightHawk courtesy of SMBRC)

Just in case you didn’t see this aerial photo on our Lagoon Project Page.  Is the new channel bigger than you thought?
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Working With Nature, A Sneak Peek at Malibu Lagoon
Carren Jao write about the Malibu Lagoon Project on KCET website, 1/28/13.
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Birding by Misbehavior
Rick Wright takes a look at a couple of Northern Harriers, 1/30/13.
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Owl Mystery Unraveled:
Scientists Explain How Bird Can Rotate Its Head Without Cutting Off Blood Supply to Brain
Science Daily online: 1/31/13.
Originally from Johns Hopkins Medicine
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I’ll bet you never heard of the

Map of the causeway (from the article).

Map of the causeway (from the article).

extraordinary plan, begun in 1961, to create a chain of artificial islands just off the Santa Monica shoreline, connected to the mainland by a causeway. Well, it’s true.
by Mark McGuigan, Santa Monica Lookout: 9/28/12.
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[Chuck Almdale]

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