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

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

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, … More Kid Science: Owl Pellet Dissection

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

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, … More Sausalito: San Francisco Bay-Delta Model

Looking for Signs of Spring: A Walk Around the Neighborhood

After school on Monday, we went for a walk around our neighborhood to look for signs of spring. As an extension of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood), I gave my iPhone to my five-year-old son and asked him to take photos of what he could find.  The signs he saw were … More Looking for Signs of Spring: A Walk Around the Neighborhood

Please vote for me! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 Contest

I’ve been entered in the Circle of Mom’s “Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013” contest.  In order to be placed in the top 25, I need your help.  Please take a moment to vote.. it will truly only take a few seconds of your time! Click on this link… http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-Outdoorsy-Moms-2013 Scroll down to find “A Nature … More Please vote for me! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 Contest

Hike: Bollinger Creek Trail, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Yesterday, I hiked this section of the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness with some friends.  It’s is one of the few trails in Las Trampas that is shade-covered.  It’s also relatively short, with the section along the creek and through the trees being only 0.69 miles (one-way).  This is a fun … More Hike: Bollinger Creek Trail, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness