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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Introduces Invasive Pond Sliders

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Introduces Invasive Pond Sliders

The 1990 release of the hit movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles increased the desire to own exotic turtles as pets. One of the turtles in the movie, Leonardo, was based on a red-eared slider, a medium-sized freshwater turtle. These turtles have a thick red stripe behind each eye that resembles the red colored mask of the ninja turtle. The native…

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

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…

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15 Plants Finally in the Ground

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…

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