Redondo Beach Kayaker Up Close to Blue Whale

October 23, 2011

This is so cool! Watch this video of a kayaker getting an up close and personal view of a curious blue whale! Link – You may have seen this already as I think it went viral, but the whale really seems to be checking out the kayaker!

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Visit Marble Bluff to see Cui-ui Fish Swim Upstream

June 1, 2011

The Marble Bluff Fish Passage Facility is located near Nixon, NV at Marble Bluff Dam, on the delta of the Truckee River where it ends at Pyramid Lake. The Cui-ui are spawning in large numbers this year. This endangered sucker fish is found only in Pyramid Lake in Nevada. There is a series of locks, ladders and bypasses to help the fish get up the Truckee River to lay their eggs. Jeff Delong of the Reno Gazette-Journal has a front page article With cui-ui thriving, the whole river teems with several great photos – one with a whole flock of white pelicans waiting for the fish to fly out of the water right into their mouths…well, almost! This year may be a record run thanks to all the winter snow we had.

There are several you-tube videos of the fish ladders from last year’s run. Here’s one. When it is done it will show you more choices as well.

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Look at the 12 Plankton of Christmas!

December 28, 2010

Here is a fun look at the Plankton in the ocean that look like Christmas decorations, snowflakes and angels. It was a neat surprise to find it on the Monterey Bay Aquarium blogsite.

Here is the series on by Michele Coilet using photos by Dr. Richard Kirby, a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a display of Sea Drifters in the Outer Bay that has been there quite awhile and is now going to get a new look – so you can visit the drifters until May 1. Here is a neat video on Jellyfish from the aquarium.

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Over 100 National Parks Offer Free Entry for 3 Weekends

August 8, 2010

From the National Park Service website:

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this year with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Mark your calendar for fee-free days left this year:

* August 14-15, 2010
* September 25, 2010
(Public Lands Day)
* November 11, 2010
(Veterans Day)

And to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own special offers.

Here’s a tip – many of your 392 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

Do click the links to get to additional information!!

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LA Summer Camps at La Brea Tar Pits and More!

March 25, 2010

Adventures in Nature! We got a card in the mail announcing this year’s summer camps at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and at the Natural History Museum of LA County. The camps are for students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. Check Adventures in Nature Summer Day Camp will be offered from July 5, 2010 to August 27, 2010. All classes are full day from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration begins April 1, 2010. To view classes and register please log on to For more information you may also contact the museum at (213) 763-ED4U (3348).

Each of the eight weeks has a single focus topic of exploration!

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits:

Unearthing LA’s Past
July 5-9 at the La Brea Tar Pits
grades 1-6

Tar Pit Science
July 12-17 at the La Brea Tar Pits
grades 1-6

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:

Bug Bonanza
July 19-23

Life in the Age of Mammals
July 26-30

The Oceans
August 2-6

Hidden Nature
August 9-13

The Dinosaurs
August 16-20

Life in the Age of Mammals
August 23-27

Explore more at 🙂

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

March 11, 2010

When our daughter was small she loved to go to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose, CA. A couple years ago it closed. Just saw that there will be a great Re-Opening on March 20, 2010. Check out the photos in the San Jose Mercury News article By Mayra Flores De Marcotte! How great will that be for the young adults with small children of their own who remembered the fun they had in the park so long ago! As part of the Measure P Safe Neighborhood Parks and Recreation bond measure approved by voters in 2000, the park closed in 2008 to undergo a $72 million green renovation. Sneak-A-Peek of the ‘new’ park here! Here’s a list of the Yelp Old Memories – it will be fun to see how the new ones after March 20 will compare!

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NWF Wildlife Watch

February 11, 2010

Become a Wildlife Watch treasure hunter!

National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Watch is a national, nature-watching program created for people of all ages. The National Wildlife Federation can use your help to track the health and behavior of wildlife and plant species nationwide. You can also learn interesting tidbits on the Wildlife Watch website – wildlife news and facts, new ideas for attracting wildlife to your backyard and community. Check it out now on and see what all is available to do!

Once you are finished with exploring your own back yard, you can get more ideas from NatureFind. It is an online destination database you can use to easily find a perfect spot for watching nature close to home. It also helps you discover what parks and trails are near you.

All you do is enter your zip code and check what activities you are interested in at to learn what is available around you!

Check out for more interesting things and ideas! 🙂

Here’s 5 Ways to Bird Watch With Kids!

December 3, 2009

The Duncraft Facebook page referred to this blog on 5 Ways to Winter Bird Watch with Kids which has super suggestions. Check it out!

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Nevada Trails for Green Hour Activity!

November 29, 2009

A great website for searching on Nevada trails is for running, hiking, biking, mountain biking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and even more activities. You can search by location (county), activity, length of trail and elevation. Easy way to explore possibilities for spending some Green Hour Time with the kids and grandkids. 🙂

The information and maps on the website are developed and organized by Great Basin Institute.

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Struggling To Adapt To Global Changes

November 19, 2009

I was all set to write my blog tonight based on my reading of the new issue of National Wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation when I got drawn in to watch tonight’s PBS Television NOVA Episode Becoming Human Part 3. It was too fascinating. I had to watch. This link is good until 12/31/09 to watch it right on-line. So, tonight’s blog will be short to write but long for you to explore if you want to!

What is so fascinating is how it compares and contrasts with the National Wildlife article I was planning to tell you about – only it is about wildlife instead of humans. The article is called Desperate Measures: Struggling to adapt to global warming, wildlife species are changing their diets, behaviors and, in a few cases, even their genetic makeup by Jessica Snyder Sachs. The photos are great – especially the baby birds, baby squirrels, red and arctic foxes, and polar bears – actually they are all super! And… the article is very much worth reading!

This theme really is the same one that is in the NOVA program! Enjoy!

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