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Giant Concrete Arrows Across the United States

In terms of leaving a signature mark on the landscape the Egyptians built the pyramids, the Romans built straight roads across Europe, the Chinese the great wall. Here in the US we have…70-foot concrete arrows in a line all across the county! It’s really true. There were 1500 of them built between 1923 and 1933, […]

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Sign Up for Ano Nuevo E-Seal Tours Tomorrow. Do it!

Male elephant seals get to 16 feet long and weigh 5,000 pounds—females are a petite 8 to 12 feet long and 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. They swim 13,000 miles a year (longest mammal migration on earth) and dive 1,800 feet to feed. And beginning in December they call Ano Nuevo home. If you have never […]

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Saturday: Movie Night at Rancho del Oso

Hang out at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center with the grizzly bear and mountain lion while watching museum animals come to life on screen in the he hilarious (and child-friendly!) movie Night at the Museum. And why not bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the deck before the movie? And hey: […]

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Bicycle-Powered Landscaping Returns

Starting a bicycle-powered landscaping service more than two decades ago, Ken Foster was truly a man ahead of his time. For more than 20 years Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping’s “Tread Lightly” landscapers pedaled around town towing trailers full of tools, implementing permaculture designs, creating edible landscapes and building food forests. “Tread Lightly was an authentic, […]

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The Loma Prieta Earthquake: Many Memories

The 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake is today. The Loma Prieta earthquake was a major quake, with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale. Sixty three deaths and 3,757 injuries occurred because of the quake. I was a student studying geology at UC Santa Cruz at the time. At 5:04 that evening […]

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Antonelli Pond: A Westside Gem

There must be something special in the soil on Delaware Avenue, the junction of local treasures such as Natural Bridges State Beach, Seymour Center, the Homeless Garden Project and, unbeknownst to many, a hidden gem known as Antonelli Pond. Encircled by a short 0.75 miles of trail, this manmade pond fed by Moore Creek is […]

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The Best Thing to do with Ice Plant in California? Pickle it!

All along the ocean ward side of West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California, you will see only one type of ground cover: ice plant. It is really amazing how homogeneous it is and you see it dominating many coastal landscapes all over California. Most of the ice plant you see is one species; highway […]

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Water Convention Thursday

The city of Santa Cruz’s Water Supply Advisory Committee (WASC) wants to hear from you about how to handle the drought. In July, the city put out a call for citizens’ ideas on water supply issues. They were thrilled to receive over 80 submissions, and decided to reach out to even more people. To do […]

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