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Honey Bees Make Honey … and Bread? | Deep Look Video

November 20, 2019

Honey bees make honey from nectar to fuel their flight – and our sweet tooth. But they also need pollen for protein. So they trap, brush and pack it into baskets on their legs to make a special food called bee bread.

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]

Bio Blitz at Malibu Lagoon Sunday 10 am, 24 November

November 16, 2019

There will be a Bio Blitz at Malibu Lagoon on

Sunday 24 November during and immediately

following our lagoon birdwalks (8:30am & 10am)

The BioBlitz volunteers will be joining us on our 8:30am walk, then begin their BioBlitz at 10am. They welcome additional volunteers (such as you).

Here’s what they say about themselves:

CALeDNA is a community-science program dedicated to mapping out and monitoring biodiversity across the entire state of California using environmental DNA (eDNA)— DNA shed by organisms as small as microbes and as large as whales! Join us this Sunday, November 24th at Malibu Lagoon in one of our fall BioBlitzes. Here, we’ll collect soil samples with eDNA and try to identify as many species as possible with field guides, naturalists, and of course iNaturalist. All ages are welcome, no experience required! We will join the Santa Monica Audubon Society on their bird walk at 8:30AM and start our BioBlitz at 10AM.

You can read more about our program at and sign up for FREE at

Questions? Email Miroslava at with the subject “CALeDNA Malibu Lagoon BioBlitz 2019.” Looking forward to seeing all birds and volunteers Sunday!”


The Internet: Wires, Cables & Wifi | Video

November 15, 2019

This educational video introduces how the physical infrastructure of the Internet moves information.

Part X (7 minutes) of the series produced by explaining computers in terms most of us can understand. We’re getting past the ins & outs of downloads and uploads and into the guts. We’ll post a new installment approximately every ten days until we run out.

If you like this series and want to go through it at your own rate, the 17 videos listed HERE include the 12 which I have scheduled so far. Having some familiarity with the topics, I watched the first 12 in about an hour. It’s time well spent.
[Chuck Almdale]

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