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Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Superhero Trees

Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report:  Superhero Trees

By MRCA Naturalist Carolyn Everhart This week’s SCV Outdoor Report draws parallels between trees and superheroes.  Learn the benefits of trees and how tree bark and tree leaves play a role in simple trees being superhero trees. I love superheroes. I grew up watching them on TV and the recent boom of superhero movies has been great fun to watch. ...

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SCV Outdoor Report: Keep Your Eye On The Ball!

SCV Outdoor Report: Keep Your Eye On The Ball!

Do you remember playing dodge ball as a kid?  Do you remember ducking and weaving as you tried to avoid the large rubber balls flying at you from every direction?  Or how about hitting baseballs? How long did it take you to learn keep your eye on the ball?  Neuroscientists describe our “ability to select and respond to one sensory ...

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SCV Outdoor Report: Hitting The Trail With Fido

SCV Outdoor Report: Hitting The Trail With Fido

Written by MRCA Naturalist Mieko Alley Hiking with a partner is more than just good company, it is a time-old understanding between hiking buddies: I will look out for you, you look out for me. This summer, MRCA Rangers have had to make a few unique rescues in Caballero Canyon and Towsley Canyon. Both rescues were a result of a ...

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Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Wendy’s Diner

Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Wendy’s Diner

This is a “Best of Wendy Langhans” Report Restaurant menu’s vary from basic comfort food to fancy signature dishes.  But plain or fancy, most restaurants offers seasonal specials.  Just imagine June without strawberry pie or October without pumpkin pie.  The same is true at Wendy’s Diner, the name we have given to the bird feeders on our front porch.  With ...

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SCV Outdoor Report: Sitting Duck

Best Of Wendy Langhans Reports   It’s the middle of the afternoon.  You’ve just finished eating a HUGE meal and you’re starting to feel sleepy.  Sound familiar?  But what if, instead of a cozy recliner, you’re sitting among the cattails at the edge of a pond?  What if, instead of wearing a green and gold Packer’s jersey, you’re wearing green ...

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Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Secrets In The Scat

Santa Clarita Outdoor Report:  Secrets In The Scat

By:  Mieko Alley This week’s Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report fills us in on the secret details of scat.  Scat shape and appearance, marking territory, evidence of diet, and are just part of the lessons of scat. So get on out there and see what scat you see while hiking. If you’re a fan of crime dramas, you’ve probably realized ...

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Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Turkey Vulture

Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Turkey Vulture

This is a Best of Wendy Langhans Report I was sitting on front porch, enjoying an unusually warm January afternoon, when a moving shadow caught my eye.  I looked up and saw an unexpected sight – a Turkey Vulture soaring overhead – so close that I could see the splayed-out feathers on its wing-tips.  What’s going on here?  I saw ...

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Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Blooming Through The Drought

Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Blooming Through The Drought

Introducing Contributing Writer:  Mieko Alley As summer temperatures rise, you may be inclined to spend more time inside or drink more water as a response to the heat. Your dog may dig under the house to escape the sun or you may find that your cat has given up his perch on the windowsill. You may even find that your ...

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Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Balancing Act

Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Balancing Act

Dr. Francis Collins, the currect Director of the NIH, is one of my heroes because he is both a top-notch scientist and a Christian.  I like his perspective on dealing with opposing points of view: “One must dig deeply into opposing points of view in order to know whether your own position remains defensible. Iron sharpens iron.” And when it ...

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