CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 |
Standing on ridges miles away from the Rim fire, John Buckley has traced the path of the huge Sierra Nevada blaze by watching fire clouds billowing above the Stanislaus National Forest. The view has been sobering. As the Rim blaze burns its way into the record books, Buckley thinks it is roasting some of the last remaining old-growth stands in the Stanislaus forest, incinerating thousands of acres of young trees planted at a cost of millions of dollars after massive 1987 fires and destroying important nesting areas for California spotted owls and goshawks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 |
Five juvenile burrowing owls flapped across a salt marsh at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station on a recent weekday, matching the loops and curves of dragonflies and moths before snatching their prey midair. Soon, the owls will be feasting on larger prey, including lizards, rodents and birds. That could present a touchy problem for the base's 1,000-acre wildlife refuge, which is also home to a breeding colony of federally endangered least terns. There are four breeding pairs of burrowing owls left along the Southern California coast between Santa Barbara and Encinitas, and all of them nest at the Orange County base.
July 23, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Federal wildlife officials have moved one step closer to their plan to play referee in a habitat supremacy contest that has pitted two species of owl against one another in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final environmental review of an experiment planned in three states to see if killing barred owls will assist the northern spotted owls , which are threatened with extinction after a major loss of territory since the 1970s.
April 18, 2013 |
When a friend gets rich and famous and moves to Paris, then prattles on about the nutty things that French dentists say, that's grounds for never speaking to that person again. When the friend in question is an imaginary friend and his name is David Sedaris, such indiscretions are not only forgiven but embraced wholeheartedly. If there's ever been an author who is consistently forgiven for his trespasses, it's David Sedaris. In "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls," everyone's favorite imaginary friend has abandoned France for the English countryside, where his life of leisure is only occasionally interrupted by sojourns to China, Australia and Japan.
December 15, 2012 |
If the owl ever does fly the coop, what “it” critter is next? The indie craft artisans who caught the owl trend early and propelled it into mass-market stores are feeling foxy in a big way. A pointy-eared, whiskered portrait of cuteness is the top seller for Shannon Kennedy, a Long Beach artist who silk-screens animal prints under the studio name Sass & Peril. “People have been walking by and saying, 'The fox must be the new owl,'” Kennedy said from her booth at the Renegade craft market in downtown L.A. last weekend.
August 29, 2012 |
For the third time in the last decade, a new coach will take UCLA into a season opener. Bruins fans hope that Jim Mora takes UCLA to national prominence, or at least beats USC. That journey begins Thursday. Times staff writer Chris Foster looks at the matchups and story lines for the Bruins' game against Rice. Safety first Two of the most asked questions around Westwood the last five years: Where's the best place to eat? Can UCLA's offensive line block? Neither seems to have a definitive answer.