Friday, December 11, 2020
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
LATO docent ~ nature photographer Mike Klatt shared these observations and photos:
"The last couple of evenings a bit after sunset, large numbers of red-winged blackbirds have been flying to roost for the night in the Italian cypresses in our backyard. We're not sure where they are coming from, but we do see them in a large valley oak tree that's about 50 yards away from the Italian cypresses before they fly to the cypresses. The sound is truly beautiful. It's like a choir of red-winged blackbirds all singing good night to each other. There must be at least 100 or more of them."
Friday, September 4, 2020
September 4, 2020
Young Santa Margarita Elementary School nature photographer Emily and her Oak Ambassador sister were on hand this morning with their mom Jen to help Morro Coast Audubon Society volunteers Freddy and Cheryl install eight new songbird nest boxes along the Santa Margarita Ranch Learning Among the Oaks (LATO) Trail. Emily shared these photos and videos!
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
|Both the male and the female Western bluebird at the nest box.|
|The female Western bluebird leaving the box.|
|Male leaving the box with droppings from the chicks. We parents work hard to keep the nest clean.|
|Male leaving the box to find more food.|
|Now the female leaves the nest to find food.|
|One of the nestlings looking out into the world. I'll soon be ready to fly!|
Friday, June 12, 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Even after living here for nearly 40 years, we never get tired of watching the deer. Recently a mother and her twins have been spending a lot of time in our backyard. Today they are laying on the grass trying to keep cool. It's pretty easy to see how the inspiration for Bambi came to be. I started to go outside to get a photo, but I didn't want them to have to venture out into the heat to escape my lens.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
|April 30, 2020|
Morro Coast Audubon Society friends helped us identify this as a house finch nest. The house finch is known for using a variety of interesting nesting spots.
Look below to see what Natalie found in the nest on May 12!
Update: See Natalie's May 27 photo of the almost ready to fledge baby finches!
|May 12, 2020|
|May 27, 2020|
Stewardship means to just be a good person and help out as much as you can. This can apply to nature and land because if you are keeping Earth clean, and respecting nature, then you are showing stewardship towards nature and land. You can be a good steward of nature by respecting every plant and animal's boundaries and not being invasive in their habitats.On a more light-hearted note, Ocean View Oak Ambassador Jackson made special Earth Day cookies!