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High-Elevation Lilacs in Bloom

Wild Lilac (ceanothus) is currently blooming mostly at elevations higher than 4000 feet in San Diego County. Blossom colors range ...

Death by Oleander

Oleander bushes, now beginning to bloom in gardens and along roadsides in the interior valleys and desert, will continue putting ...

Rabbits, and Rodents, and Raids — Oh, My!

The rabbit and rodent population is peaking in the canyons and hillsides of coastal San Diego County. In many neighborhoods, ...

Warblers and Flycatchers

Land bird migration is in full swing this month in San Diego County, with warblers and flycatchers among those most ...

May Flowers

Wildflowers of San Diego County's highest mountains are in full bloom this month. Take a walk along any trail above ...

May's Highest Tide

Highest tide this month, measuring +6.6 feet, occurs on Monday, May 16, at 8:58 p.m. Lowest tides of the month, ...

Planting Moon

The Moon, just shy of full phase, rises into the late-afternoon eastern sky on Monday, May 16, at around 7:20 ...

Grunion Runs Approach

Grunion Runs are predicted to occur during the late evening hours (generally after 10 p.m. and before 1 a.m.), following ...

The Catalina Eddy

The Catalina Eddy, a meteorological condition responsible for days-long episodes of dreary, overcast weather over San Diego, is most likely ...

A Grand Conjunction Junction

A Grand Conjunction of four planets occurs early Wednesday morning, May 11, in the eastern sky; however, binoculars will be ...

Wildflowers, Silk Oaks, Chamise, Buckwheat, and Agaves

San Diego's Coastal Wildflower Bloom continues practically unabated this year owing to late-season rains and cooler weather during April. On ...

Grunion Running, Snakes Emerging

Grunion Runs are predicted to occur during the late evening hours (generally after 10 p.m. and before 1 a.m.), following ...

Jacarandas, Mustard Plants, and Locust Trees

Blue-Blossoming Jacaranda Trees have already produced a first wave of color along the streets of San Diego. By early or ...

Lyrid Meteor Shower to Peak Saturday

The Lyrid Meteor Shower, which takes place annually, peaks on the morning of Saturday, April 23. This relatively minor meteor ...

Monkey Flowers, Star Jasmine, Black Oaks, and Desert Agaves

Monkey-Flowers /of various species are putting on an excellent display this month around San Diego. Look for these low, shrub-like ...

Grunion Runs

Grunion Runs are predicted to occur during the late evening hours (generally after 10 p.m. and before 1 a.m.), following ...

Coastal Wildflowers, Fremont Cottonwoods, and Bracken Ferns

Warmer Temperatures and less rain coincide with the subtle onset of coastal San Diego's spring season. By April's end, the ...

Sunday's Saturn and Sun Opposition

The Planet Saturn lies at opposition to the sun on Sunday, April 3. Look for this creamy white planet rising ...

Yuccas, Orchid Trees, and Citrus Blossoms

Yuccas of two varieties are in bloom in San Diego County from now through May. Year after year, the Mojave ...

The Big Dipper, the Planet Venus

The Big Dipper, an abbreviated version of the larger constellation known as Ursa Major (the Great Bear), hovers nearly straight ...