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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | October 16, 2012
Last week, Vic and I wrote about my recent visit to Yellowstone National Park. The reason I was in that area was to attend a wildlife photography workshop in Grand Teton National Park. The workshop was sponsored by a photography group called the Nikonians. When our friend Mark Singer asked me early in the summer to accompany him to this workshop, I jumped at the chance. We spent four rewarding but grueling days in the Tetons in the company of professional wildlife photographer Jim Stamates and 10 other photographers.
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By: VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | October 13, 2005
Like it or not, we live in the midst of wildlife, even in Huntington Beach. Or wildlife lives in our midst. It depends on how you look at it. Some of us are thrilled by the wildlife around us, and some are not. Partly that depends on how you view wildlife, and partly it depends on how the wildlife is affecting you. For example, it's fun to see cute baby skunks parading behind mama skunk. But it isn't so nice to smell them. And it really isn't nice if your pet tangles with one and then comes into the house.
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August 23, 2001
The Bolsa Chica mesa supports the wildlife of the attached wetlands, and is all part of the precious California coastline, which most residents have shown the desire to preserve in its biological, historical and spiritual richness for all succeeding generations ("Plans submitted for development at Bolsa Chica," Aug. 16). Furthermore, this is one of the few remaining open spaces in Huntington Beach. Preservation, not concretization, raises the spirits of humanity, preserves the land of our human and animal forebears and uplifts our spirits.
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August 19, 2004
Mike Sciacca Loud "oohs" and "ahs" of rambunctious children, who packed the Tabby Storytime Theater at Huntington Beach Central Library, rousted Georgie from a deep sleep. Cradled securely into the right shoulder of handler Kiki Barclay, Georgie, a North American opossum, looked wide-eyed into the crowd before him, appearing somewhat startled from the ruckus that woke him from his slumber. "He's a marsupial and he sleeps during the day," said Barclay, a wildlife educator with the Wildlife Company.
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By Vic Leipzig And Lou Murray | December 17, 2009
In a rare alignment of events, Vic and I led separate class field trips to Bolsa Chica on Dec. 10. Mine was in the morning. Vic’s was in the afternoon. Mine was with the Orange County Conservation Corps. His was with his Golden West College biology class. Our students had completely different experiences. The goal of my field trip was to introduce the eight inner-city young men in my group to the natural world, and to get them excited about the wildlife that lives among us. To accomplish this, we do a wildlife survey, using a checklist that I prepared.
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Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | June 3, 2010
I just love working with the young men and women of the Orange County Conservation Corps. I had a crew of new hires at Bolsa Chica last week for an introduction to wildlife, habitats and conservation. Vic often joins my classes for lunch, but he was heavily engaged in final exams at Golden West College and wasn't able to participate in the fun. Part of my morning program is a wildlife survey of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Over time, we've accumulated valuable data on what time of year certain species of wildlife are likely to be seen.
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By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | August 3, 2006
Vic led his Golden West College introductory biology class on a field trip to Shipley Nature Center last week. It was interesting to see Shipley through their eyes in the brief reports they wrote about their experiences. With their permission, we decided to share a few of their observations and remarks with you. Patricia Ceballos wrote, "A group of people who thought Shipley was worth saving made the decision that volunteers could take on the large task of transforming Shipley back into a native center.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 21, 2014
Constant chirping from dozens of birds might get on some people's nerves, but the noise is music to science teacher Jayson Ruth's ears. The educator from Huntington Beach High School listened and watched dozens of varying species of terns from the comfort of his home on a recent Friday morning, thanks to the camera he installed at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. "Some people find it totally annoying. I kind of find it soothing," Ruth said. "It makes me feel like I'm really there when I listen to all that.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 25, 2013
There's an invasion happening along Pacific Coast Highway between Brookhurst and Magnolia streets. They've come by the hundreds and more are on their way, slowly consuming Brookhurst Marsh and threatening the areas around it. It's the Sahara mustard, an invasive weed that has been in Southern California since 1927 but has boomed in population over the last 20 years, according to the California Invasive Plant Council. It has overwhelmed the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego and now it has made its way to Huntington Beach.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | October 16, 2012
Last week, Vic and I wrote about my recent visit to Yellowstone National Park. The reason I was in that area was to attend a wildlife photography workshop in Grand Teton National Park. The workshop was sponsored by a photography group called the Nikonians. When our friend Mark Singer asked me early in the summer to accompany him to this workshop, I jumped at the chance. We spent four rewarding but grueling days in the Tetons in the company of professional wildlife photographer Jim Stamates and 10 other photographers.
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By Mona Shadia | January 11, 2012
State and local officials allowed nature to take its course and let the sun evaporate the estimated five gallons of diesel fuel that spilled Jan. 4 in Huntington Harbour. The Huntington Beach Fire Department, along with the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol, responded to a report of the spill around 11 p.m. at the harbor behind Peter's Landing at 16400 Pacific Coast Highway. The spill spanned an area about a quarter the size of a football field, said Huntington Beach Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Lopez.
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By Michael Miller | October 12, 2011
The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to acquiring and preserving local wetlands, has gotten a $750,000 state grant for an educational center and interpretive trail. The California State Coastal Conservancy awarded the grant funded by Proposition 40 in late September. Gordon Smith, chairman of the Wetlands Conservancy, said his group hopes to start construction on the educational center in the coming months and finish it by the end of 2012. "There's a lot of opportunity there that we're looking forward to," Smith said.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | October 13, 2010
Huntington Beach City Council candidates gathered on stage Thursday evening to give their stances on senior services, closing Main Street and how important they think it is to follow the city's General Plan. The Huntington Beach League of Women Voters with the American Assn. of University Women hosted the candidate forum in the Central Library theater with 20 of the hopefuls. Councilman Joe Carchio was not present. Officials said he had a family emergency. Candidates were given one-minute opening and 30-second closing statements, and were asked questions.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | September 22, 2010
Today is the autumnal equinox, the time of year when the sun is halfway between the summer and winter solstices. As we head into autumn, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is showing clear signs that summer is over. I was there last Thursday with yet another group of new hires from the Orange County Conservation Corps. This group of young men and women was a joy to be with. They took the wildlife survey that we do very seriously and looked hard for as many critters as they could find.
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September 9, 2010
The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center is challenging residents Saturday to walk for wildlife. The center is hosting its first 5K walk/run on the sand at Huntington State Beach to raise money for the care and rehabilitation of its wildlife charges. The center helps more than 3,450 birds and animals annually. Registration and check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m., with stretching and warm-ups from 9 to 9:30 a.m. The walk/run lasts from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will need to pay $15 to park at the state beach, just north of the wetlands jetty near Brookhurst Street.
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Chris Epting | June 23, 2010
"I've been near what I believed to be was a big dirt clod in the muck. Then it blinks. And you realize, it's an oiled bird." Debbie McGuire, wildlife director at the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center here in Huntington Beach, is talking about what it's like on an oil spill recovery mission. Given the brutal devastation in the Gulf wetlands as a result of the BP oil spill, I thought I'd talk to Debbie. She's one of the best in the business when it comes to saving animal lives in the face of catastrophes like this, and that's why she soon may find herself helping in the Gulf.
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