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Rainy Day Fun: Snail Watching

After a night of rain, my son usually rushes outside to see if any snails came out.  He found this one yesterday morning on our front walkway.  He crouched there and watched it for about fifteen minutes, then rushed inside to tell me all the cute things the snail did. Photos taken March 28th, 2013…

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Thank you! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013

Thank you to everyone who put in votes for me in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 contest.  The contest ended today, and I’m in the top twenty-five!  Thank you, thank you, thank you! There were so many wonderful nature-loving mom-bloggers entered in the contest.  Here are my favorites (in no particular…

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In the Bird House

It looks as if House Sparrows have moved into the bird houses in the front of my son’s school.  I know these birds are considered to be pests, but they sure are cute! Photos taken March 22nd, 2013

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Dublin Hills: Spring

I enjoyed a lovely hike yesterday morning along the Calaveras Ridge Trail in Dublin Hills Regional Park.  The wildflowers are beginning to bloom, especially the lupine.  A few photos from the hike… Photos taken March 23rd, 2013

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From the Window: Hawk

I saw this beautiful hawk land on one of the oak trees behind our home a few days ago.  I frequently see them soaring in the sky or perched on telephone poles, and have even had one attack the birds at our feeder, but I rarely see them land in the trees.  Now, maybe one…

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Kid Science: Owl Pellet Dissection

Owls are fascinating creatures.  They have a special organ (gizzard) that stores the undigestible parts of their prey, preventing these parts (bones, teeth, fur, feathers) from proceeding through the digestive tract.  The gizzard compresses these parts into a pellet which is later regurgitated.  This is a pretty simplistic explanation.  If you’d like to learn more,…

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Little House in the Big Woods…

I started reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my son before bed last night. I was afraid it would be too much of a “girl” book for him to find it interesting, but, so far, I’ve been proven wrong. The first chapters have been primarily describing what life was…

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Great book! Friends of the Earth: A History of American Environmentalism

In preparation for Earth Day next month, I’m currently reading a wonderful book… Friends of the Earth:  A History of American Environmentalism by Pat McCarthy.   The book, written for children ages 9 and up,  introduces the efforts, struggles, and triumphs of men and women (scientists, artists, authors, naturalists) who dedicated their lives to protecting the…

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Signs of Spring: The Return of the Turkeys

Early yesterday morning, my son ran into the living room and screamed, “The turkeys are back!  Come look at them all!”  Sure enough, there was a gang of ten or so, walking across the hill behind our home.  The turkeys can be seen around Dublin throughout the winter, but only return to our neighborhood in…

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Sausalito: San Francisco Bay-Delta Model

Apparently, back in the 1950′s, engineers were considering building two dams in the San Francisco Bay to create fresh water reservoirs, right in the bay.  Luckily, the US Army Corps of Engineers decided it would be a good idea to study the potential impacts that such a huge undertaking might have, both environmentally and economically,…

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Shadow Cliffs: Pleasanton

Yesterday, my son had a school field trip to Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, a large park located in Pleasanton, near the Livermore border.  The students have been learning about the life cycle through the study of trout.  They went to Shadow Cliffs to release baby trout into the lake.  But they also had a…