Comments by ROSCOE

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Posted on November 3 at 11:14 a.m.

" . . . widespread throughout California and Baja — including countless creeks, ponds, and waterways in Santa Barbara County . . . "
I don't believe the range of this species in SB County is nearly as expansive as this comment suggests. Had there been significant progress in creating flow conditions conducive to the habitat they require, then down listing might be appropriate. That progress has not been made and down listing to any level is inappropriate.

On Arroyo Toad No Longer Endangered?

Posted on October 5 at 9:44 a.m.

Indy Staff, you have mis-read For bird distribution and status information you should view this document: The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California. The book is now free and available to anyone by download from this site:
Santa Barbara County has no breeding populations of Yellow-billed Cuckoo. It is exceedingly rare as a passer-through.

On Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Listed as Threatened

Posted on September 4 at 12:34 p.m.

While I can usually understand why a cop would go lethal when a person is armed with a gun, but to kill a person with a knife?
Imagine what would happen to a thinking cop who used disarming force instead of killing the knife-wielder? Would he be punished for not obeying protocol? Would he be chastised by fellow officers? I'd really like to hear from a cop on this matter.

On Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man With Knife

Posted on August 12 at 10:51 a.m.

It's very likely this is not a new event. Also, it's likely that other species breeding here are not being reported. We need more frequent monitoring and regular reporting of mammal and seabird populations on our islands. The many species using this isolated area, where human impacts are relatively small, provide a marvelous index to climate change that would assist us to understand patterns we see in other areas. This area supports one of the world's most important migratory passages for birds and mammals. The National Park Service, US Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, the Navy, and Vandenberg could coordinate and fund a rigorous monitoring effort for migratory and nesting seabirds and mammals on the islands. Government Point or Point Conception would be a great place for a research station.

On Murre Return to Channel Islands

Posted on May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Nice photo, Lene!

On Mayor Files Lawsuit to Block End of World

Posted on March 21 at 9:59 a.m.

I live very near Chaparral and I'm grateful the Supervisors understand the need to curb the kinds of clearing we are seeing in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Living with a sword that's also a savior is just a fact of life. It's a matter of how we manage it.

On Chaparral Shenanigans

Posted on July 4 at 11:56 a.m.

While the 800 lb Gorilla in regional legal issues may be EDC, the invisible Elephant in all discussions of energy policy and climate change is human population size. With nearly two births per each death in the US, add to this immigration and our US population of 310 million will increase to 489 million by 2050. The undeniable forces of more mouths to feed, more waste to bury, more pollution of oceans and drinking water, much more fresh water and other resources extracted—all this means that any progress we make with energy and climate change policies become moving targets unattainable because we have set no limits to our future needs.
The psychology of this situation has profound effects on our current predicament. To engage now in meaningful action towards conservation and new policies one needs hope that those changes will yield meaningful consequences. Knowing these problems may never be resolved for failure to control the ultimate consumption mechanism is a source of apathy behind our failure to make meaningful progress. The greatest gift we can make to the next generation, and our own, is to weave human population control into our other efforts. This must be seen not as a matter of finger-pointing at groups of people disproportionately contributing to overpopulation; rather it is a matter of our collective survival.

On What Will Be Legacy of Deepwater Horizon Tragedy?

Posted on March 7 at 9:29 a.m.

Brown Pelicans are considered Recovered at both the state and federal levels, and are no longer Endangered. The state delisting occured in June 2009; the federal delisting in December 2009. The list of all Endangered and Threatened animals is seen at
Although its interesting to uncover the causes of bird die-offs, the deaths of Brown Pelicans this year is not a outstanding event. Consider that many wild populations experience mortality in their first year as high as 80%. Given the very large numbers of Brown Pelicans along our beaches this year, especially in late summer soon after they left the islands, these deaths are within the normal range.

On Mysterious Disease Sickening Pelicans

Posted on September 3 at 11:20 p.m.

So Sacjon, while you state the obvious, what would you propose to do with your insight? Is there a course of action that your observation steers us towards? You illustrate nicely why racial stereotyping is fruitless. It does nothing but point out that you are different from that group.

On Sheriff Nabs Four for Goleta Gang Assault

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