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Posted on August 25 at 8:02 a.m.

Sorry - another editing error: "lying on its side" not "laying".

On Rig Crushes House, Kills Residents

Posted on July 15 at 7:31 a.m.

This was a well-written article, but perhaps a bit more research was warranted.

I'm not sure what Dr. Clark was referring to when he said "power of strikes". Rattlesnakes are not getting "more powerful".

He is also uninformed on and promoting the urban legend of interbreeding with Mojave rattlesnakes. That is verifiably false and this can be easily confirmed by a search of recent scientific papers.

He is also quoted as saying the local rattlesnakes have “nasty dispositions”. The truth is they are actually easily frightened - more easily than many of our non-venomous snakes. They are not aggressive - as Paul Collins points out. Unfortunately, an easily frightened venomous animal reacts in self defense by striking out - bad for us humans. But we are smart creatures and we can learn to only place hands and feet where there is clear and open space - and then we can remain safe and enjoy the beauty of nature without harm to it or ourselves.

On A Serpent Strikes

Posted on January 4 at 6:29 a.m.

There is also a theory that researchers traveling to remote sites to study amphibian populations there have transported chytrids on their shoes or other equipment. Today one can travel around the world in hours easily transporting microorganisms, too.

On Amphibians Threatened with Extinction

Posted on January 1 at 7:49 a.m.

You probably needed to look at the Dos Pueblos Canyon map. It's pretty clear.

On Study Reveals Potential Tsunami Danger Zones

Posted on December 7 at 12:28 p.m.

You know, in most places in the world, you have to watch out for traffic. You WILL be hit if you just step out into the road. In fact, I think some drivers try to hit you or at least get as close as possible in those places. We are so naive in this country.

On Pedestrian Killed

Posted on November 30 at 7:12 a.m.

leafs_fan_jd you are wrong in saying "survival of the fittest to an environment, not necessarily the strongest - that is, who is best able to adapt". "Fitness" refers to the ability to *reproduce* - the more offspring, the more fit the organism is.

On Evolution Interruptus

Posted on November 25 at 7:37 a.m.

I couldn't agree more! How about leaving things ALONE? I get pretty tired of seeing herbicides sprayed alongside the freeways to kill off all the "weeds". The few raptors patroling the as-yet undeveloped fields are poisoned or starved from lack of prey and found dead on our roads. Snakes are becoming rare.
All those lovely trees that are costing so much to plant will still require maintenance and water, even if they are natives. (When you plant natives, they usually require water because they didn't "choose" that spot to germinate.) Then we can't stand nature to just "be itself" and we have to prune the things we plant until they are grotesque waifs of their actual selves, enduring their shortened lives without their natural number of photosynthesizing leaves.
Why is it that humans cannot stand to just live within nature?

On Goleta's Urban Forest on Horizon

Posted on November 25 at 7:19 a.m.

She actually meant she was hearing great horned owls, not screech owls in the first paragraph....

On Owls

Posted on November 20 at 7:47 a.m.

Is it really necessary to develop every square inch of open space? Parks like this are just development - they destroy recreational opportunities afforded by natural, or at least undeveloped areas. And that paves the path, so to speak, for future structural development when the park is no longer "profitable".

On Elings Park Expansion Shot Down

Posted on November 20 at 7:42 a.m.

Interesting that he would go to institutions of higher learning when the anti-evolutionists insist that graduating teens try to resist college and university education offers.

Read "The Age of American Unreason".

On Darwin's Descendant

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