The recycling bandit strikes again

Recycling bin

The New Year started with a reappearance of the recycling bandit. My apartment building has one recycling bin for six units and on occasion it gets really full, especially around the holidays when people are receiving tons of packages in the mail. But this shouldn’t be a big deal because the City of Los Angeles… [read more]

Waves of gratitude

waves of gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the perfect day to say thanks to everyone who donated to my Crowdrise campaign for the StartingBloc fellowship program. Thanks to your generosity, I will be going in February 2016 and I’m really looking forward to it! Also, thanks to all my Ocean Wild Things readers, I appreciate your support and… [read more]

Whale watching wonder – enjoying the experience!

Breaching whale

Yesterday I went whale watching for the first time in ages and couldn’t believe I had let so many months slip by since the last time. There’s just nothing like it, the anticipation of what you might see, the fresh ocean air and the wind on your face all makes for a magical combination. My… [read more]

Read the book Global Chorus

global-chorus-cover

Today is an exciting day because April 11 is the date my essay is featured in the book Global Chorus: 365 Voices On The Future of the Planet. It started with an email from editor extraordinaire Todd MacLean inviting me to be a contributor to a Global Chorus, an anthology he was putting together featuring… [read more]

California’s plastic bag ban on hold

Night sky

I must confess, I have been avoiding writing about this subject for awhile. But in an attempt to face reality, here’s the deal…California’s statewide plastic bag ban is on hold. The plastics industry spent $3.2 million gathering signatures to overturn the new law and alas, California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the referendum… [read more]

Always ask naturalists questions

Humpback whale from wiki

Some friends went on a cruise to Alaska and were excited to tell me about all the ocean wildlife they saw and all the interesting facts they learned. In particular, they were very eager to discuss whale evolution. My friend exclaimed, “We learned from the naturalist on board that whales descended from kangaroos!” My reaction,… [read more]

Happy heart day gray whale style!

Heart-shaped blow

Happy Valentine’s Day! While we celebrate heart day only once a year, gray whales celebrate heart day every day. Well, maybe not intentionally, but every time they surface and exhale a heart-shaped mist appears. This heart-shaped blow is a special attribute of gray whales and a key way of identifying them out on the water… [read more]