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Naturally Speaking Virtual Talk – Successful Pollination

Join us for the next Naturally Speaking Virtual Talk on Monday September 20 at 6:30pm. Dr. Sula Vanderplank – botanist and conservationist, will be speaking on “Successful Pollination – Factors that Influence the Plants and Pollinators of Coastal Southern and Baja California”. Register We all know that many plants need pollinators to propagate, but what happens when plants and their pollinators are out-of-sync? For example, it’s … Continue reading Naturally Speaking Virtual Talk – Successful Pollination

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Snow White and the Lighthouse

TPERP Katrina shares this unique experience from one of her recent roving shifts on the Coastal Trail. As a VIP, I always keep in mind that every visitor has a story…and sometimes those stories are revealed to us. During my TPERP shift I crossed paths with a wonderful family down at the Coastal Trail/Tidepool area: a father, mother, and their four children. The father told … Continue reading Snow White and the Lighthouse

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California King Tides Project – 2021

King Tides are coming December 4-5 and January 2-3! The California King Tides Project is raising awareness about sea level rise and help communities plan for the future. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the highest high tides of the year. Find out what time the King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or app. Check … Continue reading California King Tides Project – 2021

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Did You Know – What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane, Typhoon and a Cyclone?

Since we are in the middle of Hurricane season we thought we share this tidbit. The only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. Hurricanes and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon: tropical cyclones.  A tropical cyclone is a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and … Continue reading Did You Know – What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane, Typhoon and a Cyclone?

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This Barnacle-Inspired Glue Seals Bleeding Organs in Seconds

From Wired.com Excessive bleeding is, in some sense, an engineering problem. “For us, everything is a machine, even a human body,” says Hyunwoo Yuk, a research scientist in mechanical engineering at MIT. “They are malfunctioning and breaking, and we have some mechanical way to solve it.” About 1.9 million people die every year from blood loss, sometimes from trauma, sometimes on the operating table. Bleeding bodies are wet, … Continue reading This Barnacle-Inspired Glue Seals Bleeding Organs in Seconds