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

12/09/2020
Mission Trails Visitor Center and Grinding Rocks Trails

The Visitor Center Loop trail is about two miles. I recommend taking the Grinding Rocks side trail. It has a place where you can sit on boulders under the shade of a coast live oak while looking down on the San Diego River. It is pleasant to see the life associated with water when other places are so dry and brown. The route can be found in “Coast to Cactus, the Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors”.

Who says San Diego doesn't have beautiful fall color in it's native plants?
11/27/2020

Who says San Diego doesn't have beautiful fall color in it's native plants?

Here are a few photos from near the Jackson Dr trail river crossing in Mission Trails Regional Park. This is near the st...
10/22/2020

Here are a few photos from near the Jackson Dr trail river crossing in Mission Trails Regional Park. This is near the start of one of the ways to hike South Fortuna Mountain.

Here are some photos from the South Fortuna hike recommended by the Canyoneers. The hike is in Mission Trails Regional P...
10/10/2020
South Fortuna Loop

Here are some photos from the South Fortuna hike recommended by the Canyoneers. The hike is in Mission Trails Regional Park. It goes from the Jackson Dr parking lot, up the South Fortuna staircase, north along the ridge to the saddle between North and South Fortuna, down from the saddle to the west and back again. The photos and comments can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aking1/albums/72157716327350571

In Mission Trails Regional Park. These photos were taken October 4, 2020.

10/02/2020
melon horse migration oaks grinding rocks

Canyoneer stream of consciousness by Sally Davis and Jim Varnell at Mast Park, Santee, California. Subjects discussed while standing next to a calabazilla patch, a wild squash, include: melon, horse, migration, oaks, grinding rocks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUV3YwOoBYg&list=PLJfIdmXnHptiLRwBXjgw1a5QdkxP9-6K1&index=13&t=24s

Natural History of Mast Park plants as told by San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers Jim Varnell and Sally Davis during a hike through the park on Sept...

10/01/2020
Mulefat, Making Arrows

Here is a video of Canyoneers Jim Varnell and Sally Davis talking about mulefat and the making of arrows by the Kumeyaay. This was recorded at Mast Park in Santee. Mast Park is one of the 10 Canyoneer recommended hikes for Sept-Oct 2020.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yltw6YhK3Ng&list=PLJfIdmXnHptiLRwBXjgw1a5QdkxP9-6K1&index=11&t=11s

Natural History of Mast Park plants as told by San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers Jim Varnell and Sally Davis during a hike through the park on Sept...

San Diego Natural History Museum Botany Department
09/18/2020

San Diego Natural History Museum Botany Department

09/08/2020

One of the trails we recommended, the Kumeyaay Lake trail in Mission Trails Regional park is still closed as of September 7, 2020. This is a shady, little trail around the lake. Check at mtrp.org for the current status of the trail before making plans to hike it.

The Canyoneers are on hiatus for the Fall season due to COVID but we just posted ten recommended hikes for the Fall that...
09/06/2020
Canyoneer Hikes

The Canyoneers are on hiatus for the Fall season due to COVID but we just posted ten recommended hikes for the Fall that you can do on your own. Make sure you always check ahead to see if the trail is open and follow the public health guidelines for safety on the trail. We have included links in the hike descriptions so you can check the respective websites. Hike responsibly keeping COVID in mind.
https://www.sdnhm.org/education/canyoneer-hikes/

Canyoneers are trained naturalists who offer free, guided nature hikes throughout the County.

Thanks for a great season! As you probably know, we made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the hikes (th...
04/20/2020

Thanks for a great season! As you probably know, we made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the hikes (through June) but are already planning the 2020-2021 season. Big thanks to all our volunteer Canyoneers and all hike participants who have hit the trails with us since late last summer. We also recognize the generosity of our corporate partner Subaru of America, Inc. whose commitment to outdoor education provided support for this program and underwrote free nature hikes for local classrooms. See you next season!

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