September 6, 2013 |
Scorpion hunting is something you shouldn't do on your own. For one thing, it's dangerous. For another, you could learn a lot more from naturalists at two Nevada wildlife refuges who will be taking visitors to see the desert critters this month. Hikes take place Saturday at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo and Sept. 14 at Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Moapa. Although you've probably never heard of these remote wildlife refuges, they're less than a two-hour drive from Las Vegas.
February 6, 2012
There's so much to explore in the Rocky Mountains, but where to start? A package from the Rocky Mountain Park Inn in Estes Park, Colo., offers some interesting ways to learn about the area with a pro. The Rocky Mountain Explorer Package at the 150-room inn combines a one-night stay with a field seminar led by naturalists on topics as diverse as migrating birds and the secret life of beavers to hidden trails in the national park. When you go will determine what field classes are available.
HOME & GARDEN
March 24, 2005
LILI SINGER's "Callas to Have and to Hold" [March 17] compelled me to begin a stand of white callas. But her assertion that South African varieties do best in Southern California may mislead readers into believing that the U.S. has no arum lilies of its own. Many Angelenos from colder climes can recall the joy of seeing native arums poking purple spathes through the slush as harbingers of spring. The bright leaves that follow, are among the year's earliest beauties. The name Chicago is said to be derived from a Native American name for the plant, and naturalists have studied the heat-generating mechanism that allows a member of an otherwise semitropical family to thrive in Windy City parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2003 |
A sea otter munching on a crab stopped in mid-chew and dove beneath the ocean's surface. A harbor seal, lounging on the mudflat like an enormous slug with whiskers, raised its head in alarm. A gaggle of pelicans, roosting and preening on the shore, paused and stared at a pair of kayakers bearing down on them. "Uh-oh, that's a big no-no," said Lisa Krigsman. She spun her kayak around, her paddle windmilling as she raced off to intercept the encroaching kayakers.
August 15, 1990 |
Looking more like a mini-version of South Dakota than the traditional picnic table and tree-lined park site, Badlands Park in Laguna Niguel is a raw piece of land beckoning to the hearty, hiking-boot-clad naturalist. The 2 1/2-acre natural vegetation park sits atop bluffs above Three Arch Bay, overlooking Wood Canyon. Badlands, so called because of the terrain's sandstone bluffs that resemble South Dakota's Badlands, is on the outskirts of a new housing development on Isle Vista Street.
January 23, 2006 |
THE grumblings of animal-rights activists over the shooting death of that predatory mountain lion last week in Rancho Santa Margarita came just about the time I finally got around to seeing the documentary film "Grizzly Man." It's about an extreme adoration of animals and, in its way, creates a contrast to the incident of the cougar whose life ended because he had invaded human territory. The film reveals the death of an activist because he had invaded animal territory.