• San Diego, California, USA

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

ORDER: Columbiformes FAMILY: Columbidae The Mourning dove, named after its unique cooing call, is very common throughout San Diego County. It lives in the area year round and can usually be spotted on the ground, on telephone wires, and in flight. When Mourning doves take off, their wings produce a unique whistling sound. Their flight path is straight and once…

15 Plants Finally in the Ground

The 15 plants from Native West Nursery were finally planted in the MEA Native Garden. I worked hard for 5 hours clearing away a path, digging holes in the hard ground, and of course, planting the natives. Since summer is starting, it is not the ideal time to plant, but with adequate watering, the plants should survive the heat of…

15 Plants Ready for the MEA Native Garden

On April 15th, we picked up 15 gallon plants from Native West Nursery. These plants will be part of the MEA Native Garden and will be planted soon. We look forward to watching these plants grow and transform our School Habitat Project.  The Plant List 2 Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis) 4 California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) 4 Black Sage (Salvia mellifera)…

The Tecolote Canyon of January 2021

Near one of the entrances to tecolote canyon, the vegetation consists of many invasive ice plants crowding the native flora. The 4* acre area lacks the foliage to support native California quail and many other species that could potentially thrive living there. Despite the many deficiencies of this section, much wildlife is supported in this area including ground squirrels, towhees,…