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|
We asked the Oak Ambassadors what the word stewardship means and we got a lot of amazing responses. These kids really care about our shared Earth. Here's a sample from Ocean View Oak Ambassador Penny:
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!
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Vineyard School Oak Ambassador alumnus Tristan and his mom (and Learning Among the Oaks volunteer docent) Nancy discovered this fresh new mayfly adult, ready to leave the shed skin of aquatic nymph behind. When it's time for the adult to emerge, the nymph leaves the water. Thanks to LATO friend and entomologist Dennis Sheridan for helping with identification. Mayflies are members of the Order Ephemeroptera, derived from the Greek word emphemeros, meaning "day." It's a fitting name because the adult mayfly has a very short life span - from a few hours to no more than a few days. Learn more about the mayfly life cycle -- super interesting!
Monday, May 4, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
LATO friend Nicole (Sharp) Thompson shared these amazing photos of an American Badger, Taxidea taxus, at work in Santa Margarita. Powerful muscles and long, sharp claws make the American Badger an excellent digger and a fierce predator. Ground squirrels and gophers are popular prey.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
red tail hawk visit me
at the Vamonos trail,