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Orchid zealots, brave beekeepers, pit bulls not so bad, vicious seagulls, San Diego birds surveyed, a cactus will take a bullet

San Diego's extreme plants and animals

Gary Pierwola: “I bought my first orchid at a place in National City. It was a green Cymbidium similar to the one you see sitting there." - Image by Dave Allen
Gary Pierwola: “I bought my first orchid at a place in National City. It was a green Cymbidium similar to the one you see sitting there."
Tom Glenn. To be sure that he has no Africanized drones, Tom Glenn prevents his drones from free-flying.

Hive Mentality

Beekeeping runs in families.

“The book said to call the fire department and tell them you’ll take swarms. That’s what I did. I got the swarms.”

By Shari McCullough, Sept. 16, 2004 | Read the full article


Levi and Logan Dailey with Bubba (left) and Dee Dee. The Daileys' father won't sell to Mexican nationals,

Grrrrrrrrrrrr

Pit bulls mix it up.

By Thomas Larson, July 29, 2004 | Read the full article


First-Winter Western Gull, our only resident gull. “Why would anyone ever want to leave San Diego?”

To Fuse Wind and Motion

Gulls resist captivity.

"I approach. Am met with indifference, then wariness. Mothball heads. Bright yellow beaks. Slate-gray mantles. Field vision whole, each sees my coming and a space to move toward. I approach closer. Stick legs and rubbery feet pick-up, put-down, pick-up, put-down. Walk-away, hurry-away, walk-back. Uncertain, curious, gregarious. Lowing at me — me, the problem."

By Thomas Larson, Dec. 4, 2003 | Read the full article

Jon Rebman: "Watch out for glochids! They're far worse than regular spines."

The World Is a Cactus

The dramatic evolution of evolution.

“A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.”

By Geoff Bouvier, June 15, 2006 | Read the full article


Philip Unitt: “A group of us talked about doing an atlas in 1978. But as time went on, the other people fell by the wayside until I was the only one left."

Birds Squared

Locals survey birds across the county.

"Tom's wife, Ann, said that things had changed completely since the last time she and Tom were here in V17. "In the spring, this was neck-high grasses! We got lost, separated from each other a couple of times. We were tripped by the logs that were hidden and fell on our faces.”

By Jeanne Schinto, July 11, 2002 | Read the full article


Orchid show, Scottish Rite Center. "We’ll get 2000 just on Friday night. Between 6000 and 7000 for the weekend."

Savage Beauty

Addicted to orchids.

“There’s just something about the orchid. The mystique of the flower. It’s hard to say why. Until you get that feeling when you bloom it. I have people calling me and screaming on the telephone, ‘I just bloomed this plant!’’

By Don McCullough, April 17, 2003 | Read the full article

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Gary Pierwola: “I bought my first orchid at a place in National City. It was a green Cymbidium similar to the one you see sitting there." - Image by Dave Allen
Gary Pierwola: “I bought my first orchid at a place in National City. It was a green Cymbidium similar to the one you see sitting there."
Tom Glenn. To be sure that he has no Africanized drones, Tom Glenn prevents his drones from free-flying.

Hive Mentality

Beekeeping runs in families.

“The book said to call the fire department and tell them you’ll take swarms. That’s what I did. I got the swarms.”

By Shari McCullough, Sept. 16, 2004 | Read the full article


Levi and Logan Dailey with Bubba (left) and Dee Dee. The Daileys' father won't sell to Mexican nationals,

Grrrrrrrrrrrr

Pit bulls mix it up.

By Thomas Larson, July 29, 2004 | Read the full article


First-Winter Western Gull, our only resident gull. “Why would anyone ever want to leave San Diego?”

To Fuse Wind and Motion

Gulls resist captivity.

"I approach. Am met with indifference, then wariness. Mothball heads. Bright yellow beaks. Slate-gray mantles. Field vision whole, each sees my coming and a space to move toward. I approach closer. Stick legs and rubbery feet pick-up, put-down, pick-up, put-down. Walk-away, hurry-away, walk-back. Uncertain, curious, gregarious. Lowing at me — me, the problem."

By Thomas Larson, Dec. 4, 2003 | Read the full article

Jon Rebman: "Watch out for glochids! They're far worse than regular spines."

The World Is a Cactus

The dramatic evolution of evolution.

“A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.”

By Geoff Bouvier, June 15, 2006 | Read the full article


Philip Unitt: “A group of us talked about doing an atlas in 1978. But as time went on, the other people fell by the wayside until I was the only one left."

Birds Squared

Locals survey birds across the county.

"Tom's wife, Ann, said that things had changed completely since the last time she and Tom were here in V17. "In the spring, this was neck-high grasses! We got lost, separated from each other a couple of times. We were tripped by the logs that were hidden and fell on our faces.”

By Jeanne Schinto, July 11, 2002 | Read the full article


Orchid show, Scottish Rite Center. "We’ll get 2000 just on Friday night. Between 6000 and 7000 for the weekend."

Savage Beauty

Addicted to orchids.

“There’s just something about the orchid. The mystique of the flower. It’s hard to say why. Until you get that feeling when you bloom it. I have people calling me and screaming on the telephone, ‘I just bloomed this plant!’’

By Don McCullough, April 17, 2003 | Read the full article

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