The Fight for Suffrage

Black American men were legally given the right to vote in 1870, but countless practices kept them from doing so. Women demanded suffrage in the mid-1800s, but didn’t get it until 1920. Even then, women of color were still denied the right to vote. Native Americans did not get the right to vote in all fifty states until 1962, and were stopped from doing so even once it was legal. … Continue readingThe Fight for Suffrage

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Sequoia National Park Annual Volunteer Trip

Join me, Scott Creley, John Brantingham, and Ann Brantingham for our annual trip to Sequoia National Park. You will immerse yourself in art, science, and writing classes during a week long visit. The artwork that you produce may be used by National Park Service. Find out when sign ups begin for next summer, by joining our mailing list. … Continue readingSequoia National Park Annual Volunteer Trip

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Help Map Puerto Rico

As of today, 31% of Puerto Rico still doesn’t have running water, and those that have it cannot trust that it is clean since Hurricane Maria hit. Only 16% of the island has electricity today, and nearly all 3.5 million people are still without basic necessities … Continue readingHelp Map Puerto Rico

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The Karl Marx Tree

In the Fall of 1885 a group of socialist utopians created The Kaweah Colony in the Giant Forest in what is now Sequoia National Park.  Their community was based equal work and equal compensation for men and women.  The colonists filed a claim for 160 acres … Continue readingThe Karl Marx Tree

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The Island Fox

Santa Catalina Island, is one of the eight Channel Islands, off the coast of Southern California.  The Channel Islands are semi-arid coastal sage scrub communities, but many of the islands have been heavily damaged by farming, mining, military operations, and invasive species that have significantly altered … Continue readingThe Island Fox

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Davidson Arch

Big Pines, California Why is there a castle tower on the roadside as you pass the visitors’ center in Big Pines, California? In the early 1920s, R.F. McClellan, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, decided that Big Pines, the area west of Wrightwood that … Continue readingDavidson Arch

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Squirrel Species Mapping

WANTED California Tree Squirrels Download the App Have you seen me? Participate in a real scientific research project that will map tree squirrels throughout California! Why help? Two of California’s four day active tree squirrel species are native to the state while the other two … Continue readingSquirrel Species Mapping

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Mt. Baldy Mudslide

Support the Mt. Baldy Flood Relief Fund Created by Caylee Mitchell A summer storm this weekend caused huge mudflows in Mt. Baldy and many other Southern California communities.  In Mt. Baldy, six homes have been red tagged for demolishment, and many others have sustained significant … Continue readingMt. Baldy Mudslide

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Mountain Lions and Plane Crashes

It’s been an exciting week in the foothills! On Saturday, July 12, police shot a mountain lion that had been traveling from yard to yard approximately two miles south of the foothills, well into the suburban neighborhoods of Rancho Cucamonga.  According to KPCC, sightings of additional mountain lions occurred … Continue readingMountain Lions and Plane Crashes

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Look at that Face!

Do you smell that?  The American Bison, Bison bison, exhibits the Flehmen Response after smelling the delicious pheromones coming from the urine or genitals of the next bison over. This bison was photographed in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley on July 25th, 2013.

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Coyote Hunt

September 21st, 2013 As I drove through Cal Poly, Pomona this morning, I saw a coyote in a pasture across the road, pouncing over and over as he attempted to capture a squirrel.  After five or six bounds, the coyote killed its prey. The coyote … Continue readingCoyote Hunt

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