• The Capybara

    October 14, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrocharis) holds the title as the largest rodent in the world and one of the oddest of any animal. A giant relative of the guinea pig, Capybaras can weigh over 100 pounds and despite their fur and boxy frame are aquatic, always living near fresh water in their habitats which ranges from

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  • Diving for Spiny Lobster

    September 30, 2021 Comments (0) Field Craft

    The California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interruptus) Hunt. As I crawl along the bottom, on a single breath of air with the surface twenty or so feet above me, I see it- a couple of dark red legs, with a bright orange stripe on them- the tell tale sign of my quarry. As I close in …

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  • The California Redwood

    September 23, 2021 Comments (1) Flora

    California Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) also known as the Coastal Redwoods, come from the Cypress family and are truly ancient giants that once spanned the Earth. Today, they are only found in a narrow 450 mile long strip strip along the coast of California and part of Oregon. This specific location is due to the

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  • The Anatomy of a Wildfire

    September 17, 2021 Comments (1) Field Facts

    If you live in the western United States, there used to be five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall, and fire season. Thanks to long-lasting drought and climate change, that season of wildfire infernos has now blown into a full-tilt fire year.  Since 1970, the frequency of wildfires in the western U.S. has

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  • The Dragonfly

    September 9, 2021 Comments (1) Fauna

    Dragonflies are members of a very large insect family Odonata (toothed ones) made up of over 5,000 different species. Their ancient relatives had over two-foot wingspans and ruled the skies over 300 million years ago. These days the largest Dragonflies “only” grow to have about six-inch wingspans. Besides

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  • Campfire Safety

    September 2, 2021 Comments (1) Do's & Don'ts

    If you’ve ever spent the night in the woods without a fire, you know how potentially cold and lonely it can be. There’s no light, there’s no peaceful crackling of the wood, and there’s no warmth.  When you spend a night in the great outdoors without a fire, you spend the night all alone. That …

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  • The Ocotillo

    August 26, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    The Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) is a desert plant of the Sonoran and Chihuahua desert. It can be found in the Southwest corner of the United States in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California. The Ocotillo prefers rocky and sandy soil that drains quickly from sea level up to nearly 7,000 feet. 

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  • Danger Cinema:  On Any Sunday

    August 19, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    How do you follow up making the most successful surf movie of all time? You turn your cameras inland and make a movie about motorcycles, of course!  As unconventional as that may sound that is exactly what California film maker Bruce Brown did and in doing so made another classic that set standard that all

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  • The Figeater Beetle

    August 12, 2021 Comments (2) Fauna

    The Figeater Beetle (Continis mutabilis) is a member of the scarab family of beetles and found throughout the South Western United States. Originally they lived primary in arid regions such as the Sonoran Desert, but as agriculture spread, so did the Figeater. Today they are a common sight in Southern California where

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  • The Desert Monsoon

    August 5, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    While the rest of the world typically has four seasons, the desert southwest has five: fall, winter, spring, summer, and monsoon. The monsoon rains rejuvenate the desert at the end of a hot summer. Still, they can also create hazards for outdoor adventurers due to rapidly changing weather conditions. The Desert

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