Western Gulls Nest on Anacapa Island

A bird with a view

One of the best parts of my mini-adventure to Anacapa Island was having the opportunity to see tons of nesting western gulls. Towards the end of April, thousands of western gulls flock to the island to mate and lay eggs. Incubating the eggs takes about one month and our trip was scheduled to coincide with… [read more]

Anacapa Island Adventure

The arch

I finally got to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time – visit Anacapa Island! (Anacapa Island is the second smallest Channel Island and it’s part of Channel Islands National Park.) It’s really not that hard to visit the island if you live in Southern California, it’s just a matter of… [read more]

Attend the Sustainable Seafood Expo Oct. 2!

Photo credit: Lori Stokoe

For anyone who lives in the greater Los Angeles area and loves food and/or the ocean, the Sustainable Seafood Expo on Oct. 2 from noon to 5pm is a great event for you! The event features scrumptious seafood samples, cooking demos, a full cash bar and great educational activities for people of all ages. Plus,… [read more]

Not all reusable bags are created equal

Reusable bag torn

It turns out that some reusable bags aren’t reusable at all! How do I know this? Well, about a year and a half ago, my husband received a free reusable bag from his new healthcare provider. The bag contained very useful information, a free pen and bonus, you get to keep the bag. We added… [read more]

Regeneration is a real super power

Sand star four arms

Recently, I came across this sand star that only had four arms. What happened to its fifth arm? I wondered. Then I thought, it doesn’t matter because sea stars have the power to regenerate their limbs. This got me thinking, humans are obsessed with super powers these days. The Marvel and DC Comics movies are… [read more]

Meet the globe crab

globe crab

The globe crab (Randallia ornata) is no ordinary crab. Its bulbous shell and stylish color pattern shouts, “I’m different and proud of it!” You might think with a name like globe that this crab really gets around…travels the ocean world so to speak…a real globe trotter. In reality, it’s quite the opposite. While the ocean… [read more]

Remember to pop those balloons!

Balloons in street

It has been awhile since my last balloon rant, so time for another one! Yesterday, I was walking in my neighborhood and came across these balloons in the street. I’m happy for whoever had the baby girl, but it’s not necessarily something I want to learn about by finding trash. In this case, the person… [read more]

Every restaurant should brag about serving sustainable seafood

Sharky's Sustainable Seafood

This past weekend my husband and I went on a quick trip to see the elephant seals near San Simeon, CA (more on that in future posts). On the way back we made a quick stop to grab some dinner at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Camarillo. It’s a chain in Southern California that offers… [read more]

Magical spirit bear photos by Jennifer MaHarry

Spirit Bear Photo by Jennifer MaHarry

Visit the G2 Gallery in Venice and experience the magic of the Canadian wilderness! Photographer Jennifer MaHarry has done it again, she has managed to take another series of stunning images. And once again I must mention that I’m biased because she is a friend, but that said, these are some seriously amazing photos people.… [read more]