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Posted on November 20 at 7:38 a.m.

Donors are usually not allowed to mingle with the staff and determine the truth about where money is needed. They are kept strictly with development employees and told only what the executive office wants them to hear - and it ususally involves "looks" - cosmetic improvements meant to impress.

On Before I Be Your Dog :

Posted on November 20 at 7:33 a.m.

Not for profits only hide behind that title. There are profits - lots of them - and they are used to support all kinds of big and little perks.
The Garden has always had an outstanding reputation and been a place of beauty, learning and peace.That is obviously changing. Don't let all the talk cloud that fact.

On High Noon in the Garden of Controversy

Posted on November 9 at 7:22 a.m.

These animals are under threat in their native habitats, or what's left of them.
Even animals such as echidnas in national parks are effected by the native people living there who find them fun to tie to a tree for the kids to bash with sticks for a few days before they're eaten.

On World's Most Bizarre Mammals: Monotremes

Posted on October 5 at 6:56 a.m.

Some corrections on terms: "Exotic" refers to animals that are not native to the particular country being discussed - so in this case the US. All parrots are "exotic" in this country because only the extinct Carolina parakeet was native. Red-crowned and thick-billed parrots occasionally cross the border from the south and are observed in this country, so they could fall under the category of native and not exotic, perhaps.

The word "domesticated" does not mean "tamed". Debatably, any animal can be tamed, but domestication takes many generations of a species being bred in captivity. The captive breeding selectively enhances "wanted" traits such as calmness or juvenile appearance or minimizes unwanted traits such as excitability or aggression. Some parrot species commonly in the pet trade are definitely domesticated, such as the budgerigar. Many others cannot be considered domesticated yet.

This column is a great idea, but better research and journalism would be nice. It kind of reads like a junior high assignment.

On The Pleasures of Pet Parrots

Posted on September 21 at 7:01 a.m.

The swine flu is contagious for over a week after symptoms begin. Staying in their rooms for 24 hours or even until the fever breaks will not stop transmission by sickened students. See current research.

On UCSB Prepares for New Swine Flu Cases

Posted on August 3 at 7:11 a.m.

From the span of the punctures, I wouldn't think it was a bobcat. At any rate bobcats are small animals and it would be extremely unlikely that one would enter a yard with four dogs.

Normally, bites wounds shouldn't be sutured. That can often lead to infection. They are usually left open to heal. The article did mention drains, so maybe some have them, but the punctures in the photo were sutured closed....

The fires have definitely caused wildlife to seek food and shelter other places. We don't need to go on killing the ones that survived the fires.

Be smart, people. And by the way isn't it illegal to have four dogs?

On Wild Animal Takes Dog, Injures Another

Posted on June 22 at 6:40 a.m.

The intent from the beginning was to turn this property into housing.
How I miss the beautiful fields full of old walnuts and wildlife that used to be that property.
Let's keep Goleta the small, rural and desirable place to live that it has been for all of its history - until recently. It is quickly developing into a place that most of us want to leave. Good choice this time, City Council!

On Goleta Rejects Glen Annie Housing Plan

Posted on May 22 at 9:39 a.m.

An enlightening and very interesting read on education and Christianity (and much more) is Susan Jacoby's The Age of American Unreason.

On Reading, Writing, and Original Sin

Posted on May 9 at 7:47 a.m.

Any info on burned structures on San Antonio Creek Road? Also interested in any live or dead horses there.

On Assessing What's Burned

Posted on May 9 at 7:21 a.m.

Thanks for the thorough coverage - very appreciated!

I don't think there is anything "fairly pleasant" about watching fire burning through wildlands. Spring is one of the worst times, with wildlfe reproduction in full tilt. I think of all the lives being lost and the damage to the ecosystem which will have repercussions for years to come, while I watch it burn.

There is nothing natural about this kind of fire and we must be more protective than ever over the small areas of "wilderness" we have allowed to exist. Surviving wildlife will now be more likely to be forced to interact with humans, with the high and usually fatal risks that involves. These three fires together are having a devasting impact on our wildlands.

On Looking Big, but Acting Smaller

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