CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1990 |
Along the 800 block of South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, opinion was divided last week about the winged creatures that have been swirling around the upper reaches of buildings, cluttering the evening sky in dark fluttering clouds. "They get started about 5:30 and go on 'til late at night, thousands of them," security guard Dwayne Albert said authoritatively. "And they ain't birds." He was certain: They're bats. "They're small.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1990 |
The head of the San Diego Natural History Museum has been fired, board members announced Wednesday. Director Hal Mahan, who held the post for 2 1/2 years, had come under fire from his senior staff, many of whom expressed their displeasure in a March letter to the museum board that accused Mahan of incompetence. The letter said that Mahan "acted in a reckless and uninformed manner." Mahan, who lives in Jamul, was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
September 3, 1986 |
--A record-breaking balloon flight by a Dutch couple and their pilot turned out to be a truly crashing success. Fifty-one hours and 14 minutes after it left St. John's, Newfoundland, the gondola of the Dutch Viking balloon slammed to the ground at 30 m.p.h., bounced and flipped over in a wheat field in Almere, the Netherlands. But the emergency landing was still the successful culmination of a record-breaking transatlantic balloon flight that was 30 hours faster than the previous crossing.
July 17, 2011
A nice little piece on the Lucille Ball museum ["A World of Funny" by Jay Jones, July 10] but Jones might also have noted that in and about the area is the resort town of Bemus Point on Lake Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution itself, across the lake, and the home and museum of Roger Tory Peterson, whose "Birds of North America" is the standard reference book on the subject. I'm not from the area but passed through there a number of years ago and … discovered that there were a number of interesting things besides the Lucy museum, which, by the way, is terrific.
November 12, 1998 |
You wouldn't think that where you put a birdbath would make all that much difference. When ours was in front, it was tucked under a climbing rose next to a small eucalyptus. It seemed like a good spot and, in fact, looked very good there. A nearly tame scrub jay frequently bathed in it, so vigorously, in fact, that we had to refill it every day, but most of the time the bath just sat there, not attracting birds like it was supposed to.
January 31, 1988 |
"Why Antarctica?" I was asked before I left to spend the holidays down south. My answer was vague. "I planned to go 10 years ago," I began, "but I broke my foot on a ragged stone step in Mexico and had to cancel." "But why Antarctica?" people persisted. "Adventure," I replied, as if life were a quiz show with right answers.
November 20, 1988 |
Sitting down to dinner on Thursday, those giving thanks might remember Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the children's poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb." It was Hale--editor, poet, novelist and one of the most influential women in 19th-Century America--who persuaded Abraham Lincoln that Thanksgiving should be declared a national holiday.
January 3, 1989 |
Islands in a Far Sea: Nature and Man in Hawaii by John L. Culliney (Sierra Club Books: $24.95; 352 pages, illustrated) It's hard to spend time in Hawaii without falling in love with the place. Even the excesses of tourism and the booboisie cannot obliterate the special character of the islands, which only begins with their climate. Isolation is the hallmark of the islands and the key to their natural history.
January 15, 1995 |
Bullies are sneaking up on Presque Isle State Park by land, sea and air, and they're unwilling to negotiate with the locals over turf. The newcomers are, by and large, the black sheep of Mother Nature's brood. Species from zebra mussels to a fast-spreading swamp reed are running amok, experts say. These hardy species have park managers and biologists worried about irreversible changes to the makeup of Presque Isle, a popular park jutting into Lake Erie from northwestern Pennsylvania.
January 13, 1992 |
In recalling recently that I had committed only my annual quota of two errors in 1991, I overlooked one. It was in my column on the annual Jack and Denny Smith bird walk at Descanso Gardens. Among the many birds sighted that day, I included a ring-tailed duck; they were, in fact, rather abundant. I am advised by Sylvia R. Gallagher of Huntington Beach (and several others) that there is no such bird.