San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers

San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers The Canyoneers lead free public guided nature hikes.The hikes are listed on http://www.sdnhm.org/canyoneers

Operating as usual

09/29/2021
Mission Trails Regional Park

Video clips from Sunday's Canyoneer hike in Mission Trails Regional Park.
FYI, Sally, California Towhee, at least some times, hops with both feet when scratching according to allaboutbirds.org.

Do you take binoculars or a telephoto lens on the trails? These snowy egrets were seen at the San Elijo Lagoon. It's one...
09/21/2021
Three Great BYOB Trails (Bring Your Own Binoculars)

Do you take binoculars or a telephoto lens on the trails? These snowy egrets were seen at the San Elijo Lagoon. It's one of our latest quarterly recommended hikes if you want to check them out.

Binoculars bring wildlife close to you. And on these three trails, you’re going to need those field glasses to take it all in! Perfect for experienced birders or a nature enthusiast bringing along binoculars for the first time, our Canyoneers recommend some of their favorite trails for this wildli...

Went on a hike today to Lake Hodges in hopes of getting video of Western Grebe babies riding on parents back.
08/25/2021
Western Grebe Babies

Went on a hike today to Lake Hodges in hopes of getting video of Western Grebe babies riding on parents back.

at Lake Hodges

San Dieguito Lagoon Hike, July 14
07/15/2021

San Dieguito Lagoon Hike, July 14

Photos from San Diego Natural History Museum's post
07/09/2021

Photos from San Diego Natural History Museum's post

We are currently accepting applications for volunteers that engage the public as Canyoneers, Docents, Whalers, and NATur...
07/01/2021
Current Volunteer Needs

We are currently accepting applications for volunteers that engage the public as Canyoneers, Docents, Whalers, and NATuralists. The deadline for submitting an application is August 15, and a required orientation and interviews will occur shortly after. Training begins in late summer /early fall!
See: https://www.sdnat.org/join-and-give/volunteer/current-volunteer-needs/

We are currently accepting applications for volunteers that engage the public as Canyoneers, Docents, Whalers, and NATuralists. The deadline for submitting an application is August 15, and a required orientation and interviews will occur shortly after. Training begins in late summer /early fall!

Dictionary Hill in Spring Valley is an important corridor linking coastal and inland habitats of the Sweetwater River.
06/28/2021

Dictionary Hill in Spring Valley is an important corridor linking coastal and inland habitats of the Sweetwater River.

Ridgway’s Rails (Rallus obsoletes) and juveniles enjoying a bath at San Diego’s precious salt marshes on a fine summer d...
06/27/2021

Ridgway’s Rails (Rallus obsoletes) and juveniles enjoying a bath at San Diego’s precious salt marshes on a fine summer day. Many estuaries have trail benches where if you are quiet and sit for a while, you can observe the beauty of the tidal channels and watch the daily habits of wildlife. Bring binoculars or a camera for a close up view.

06/17/2021
Carp Spawning

Today I went for a walk along the south shore of Lake Hodges, when I heard what sounded like waves lapping on a shoreline, but I could see no waves. Watch to see what it was.
No more suspense, the video shows many, many carp spawning in the grassy shallows of the lake.

Photos from Brush Fire Partyline Alerts &  Information -  San Diego Area's post
05/25/2021

Photos from Brush Fire Partyline Alerts & Information - San Diego Area's post

The flowers, on the Espinosa Trail and part of the Secret Canyon Trail, were awesome. Went with some friends. Who were a...
05/23/2021

The flowers, on the Espinosa Trail and part of the Secret Canyon Trail, were awesome. Went with some friends. Who were all vaccinated for COVID-19.

Some photos from a hike along the Cold Stream Trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on Wednesday, May 11
05/13/2021

Some photos from a hike along the Cold Stream Trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on Wednesday, May 11

05/12/2021
Cold Stream Trail

A walk along the Cold Stream trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, May 11, 2021

05/12/2021

There are still many wildflowers to see on the Cold Stream Trail in Cuyamaca S.P.

April 20th Wildflower Walk - Orosco Ridge near Ramona
04/30/2021

April 20th Wildflower Walk - Orosco Ridge near Ramona

Some things that were seen on a hike to Morena Butte on April 21. It was a beautiful day. There was a good variety of fl...
04/26/2021

Some things that were seen on a hike to Morena Butte on April 21. It was a beautiful day. There was a good variety of flowers even though none were very plentiful. I apologize for the photo order, Facebook stirred them up for me.

Some sights on the Scove Canyon, trailhead on the Sunrise HIghway. Hiked on April 14
04/20/2021

Some sights on the Scove Canyon, trailhead on the Sunrise HIghway. Hiked on April 14

Hiked in Laguna Mountains with some fully vaccinated friends. We did a loop of Big Laguna and Sunset trails. See our boo...
04/12/2021

Hiked in Laguna Mountains with some fully vaccinated friends. We did a loop of Big Laguna and Sunset trails. See our book, "Coast to Cactus", for details of possible routes.

It's warming up and the ticks are coming out.
04/01/2021

It's warming up and the ticks are coming out.

Hahahaha!

A Curator's Guide to iNaturalist by Jon Rebmanhttps://www.inaturalist.org/projects/san-diego-county-plant-atlas/journal/...
03/25/2021
A Curator’s Guide to iNaturalist

A Curator's Guide to iNaturalist by Jon Rebman
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/san-diego-county-plant-atlas/journal/47588-a-curator-s-guide-to-inaturalist

Join San Diego Natural History Museum Curator of Botany and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jon Rebman for a night of perfecting your iNaturalist plant observations. Jon will be sharing tips and tricks for how to make high quality plant observations valuable to science! This training is geared towa...

01/25/2021
Birds in the Rain

Went to the San Diego River channel, on the Sea World side, so I could see what the birds were doing in the rain. Videos were taken from under cover of the open hatch back door, while parked at the edge of the road.
I found it interesting the way the water beaded on the ducks backs. I can see where the phrase "like water off of a duck's back" came from. As to the egret, I couldn't tell what the rain was doing. It did seem more affected by the rain than the ducks.

01/24/2021
Snowy Egret Shaking Feet to Eat

A snowy egret using the old vibrating foot trick to stir up/scare up some food.Seen at Mission Trails Regional Park near the grasslands bridge.

01/18/2021
Reddish Egret near OB Dog Beach

The Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) is very active in it's hunting approach. It appears to flap and otherwise move it's wings to flush small fish to eat. This video shows the egret eating several small fish, but it eats them so quickly, within a second, that it is hard to see.
This egret was observed in the morning from the sidewalk running along the San Diego River Channel between the Ocean Beach dog beach and Robb Field.

01/08/2021
Tricolor Heorn (Egretta tricolor)

The Tricolor Heron (Egretta tricolor) can be easily distinguished from the similar Little Blue Heron by the Tricolor's white underside.Heron was observed from the path running on the south side of the San Diego river channel, adjacent to the Ocean Beach Dog Park. Note that it looks like the heron dropped the fish after catching it.

Here's a post from Stacey Vielma, a Canyoneer and also an animal care person for theNat.Happy new year! with a nod to ne...
01/08/2021

Here's a post from Stacey Vielma, a Canyoneer and also an animal care person for theNat.

Happy new year!

with a nod to new beginnings, I thought you might like to see this.... one of the tarantulas that I take care of at the museum recently molted. It is the California black, or ebony, tarantula - Aphonopelma eutylenum - we have on exhibit. This is the only native species of tarantula in our region. (I have 3 other tarantulas behind the scenes).

the spider is quite vulnerable when molting, as you can see. it doesn't eat for a bit (the length of time depends on the animal) before getting completely on its back so it can molt - basically slowly "vibrating" out of its old exoskeleton, with a fresh one underneath. it is more common for the animal to burrow for this process, because it is so vulnerable. for whatever reason, our tarantula never quite got that step done, hence the great picture lol. the spider remains vulnerable for a few days after molting, as the new exoskeleton hardens up. I've got some nice fat crickets to reward this beauty when it's ready! 😁

you can really see why the name is black tarantula after the molt!

you can also search for videos on YouTube. there are some good time lapse videos of the process. unfortunately, the museum was closed for the holidays and I wasn't able to set up a camera for my own footage, but at least I got some before and after pics! 😁

The Fiesta Island Dog Park is like no other dog park in the birds it has. Horned larks are more common there than any wh...
12/18/2020
Fiesta Island Dog Park 12-13-2020

The Fiesta Island Dog Park is like no other dog park in the birds it has. Horned larks are more common there than any where else that I know of. Another oddity, the DOG park is riddled with gopher holes. I saw two different gophers sticking heads out of holes while walking my dog. Click the link below to see videos and photos of birds and gophers in the park.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/aking1/albums/72157717404074113

It is kind of crazy the birds that can be found in this dog park. The horned lark is common here, There was a flock of meadowlark. A couple of gophers stuck their heads out of their holes.

Here we go! 🥾 Cooler weather opens up some awesome hikes throughout San Diego County. Here, Canyoneers selected 10 great...
12/16/2020
Ten Great Hikes for Winter

Here we go! 🥾 Cooler weather opens up some awesome hikes throughout San Diego County. Here, Canyoneers selected 10 great hikes for the winter season and we've shared some the flora and fauna you can see along the way.

Let us know if you check them out.

From open grasslands, desert views, urban terrains, and flowing rivers, there is plenty to enjoy on brisk winter hikes in San Diego—even without snow. Our Canyoneers recommend San Diego's top trails for winter, where you can find spectacular views, overwintering birds, and more as you stay sociall...

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