By Mary Forgione
Design and illustrations by Micah Fluellen
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Your newest neighbors are the type that would happily eat dinner in your backyard without inviting you. Take no offense.
These Southern Californians, with feathers and tails, have been learning new habits and adapting to city life over the last few decades. In a new study, a team of researchers at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and UCLA found more than 50 wild bird species now nest and thrive in some of our most built-up areas. They call them urban success stories.
The more species that persist and thrive in ... these human areas, the better off biodiversity and wildlife will be, said Allison Shultz, one of the studys co-authors and assistant curator of ornithology at the museum.
Case in point: the Coopers hawk, a large, sturdy, blue-gray raptor that feeds mainly on other birds. The now common urbanite was absent from L.A. neighborhoods in the 1980s. Goldfinches, woodpeckers, orioles, juncos, kingbirds and three types of hummingbirds now live here too, offering a connection to nature that can begin outside your door. (Heres a guide on how to start birding.)
When you see one or two, snap a photo. Thats how researchers discovered which birds have moved in. The study used two different L.A. data sets created by citizen scientists from different time periods. Anyone can upload their wild finds and add to our understanding of the city as habitat. Two popular places to start: iNaturalist, run by the Natural History Museum, and ebird.
Sturtevant Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains.
(Kelcie Pegher / Los Angeles Times; illustration by Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)
1. Spend a night at a hike-in camp in the San Gabriel Mountains. Sturtevant Camp has been part of the mountains north of Sierra Madre since 1893. The only way to get there is on foot. The only way to get your gear there (unless you want to carry it) is by loading it onto L.A. Countys last remaining mule train, which charges $1 a pound. Cabin prices are $90 to $320 a night.
Kelcie Pegher, L.A. Times editor for off-platform engagement, wasnt big on camping. The four-mile hike up the canyon was hard, with stream crossings and some steep stretches. Still, she found the camp to be an ideal pandemic hideaway. In a time period of deep uncertainty, where renting an Airbnb or going to a hotel room feels unsafe, a cabin in the woods was enough, she wrote. Read about her journey here.
Star-gazers watch shooting stars above Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
(Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
2. Look for shooting stars during the Perseid meteor showers. Stargazers love the Perseids in mid-August because theyre fast and bright. You may get lucky and see fireballs, which NASA describes as larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. For best viewing, find a dark spot away from city lights and look for streaks of light across the sky. The meteor showers are peaking now and should be visible for the next week. The catch: Theyre best seen between midnight and dawn, so set your clock or pull an all-nighter.
3. Kayak in a salt marsh in Newport Beach. Social distancing and gliding on the water what more can you ask for? The Newport Aquatic Center rents kayaks for those who want to paddle around the Upper Newport Back Bay, a salt marsh where youll find herons, egrets and other shore birds. Usually, the Newport Bay Conservancy leads guided kayak tours on weekends, but those are on hold because of the coronavirus. Still, you can explore on your own. Rentals from $15 an hour. Info: bit.ly/newportbackbay
Elyse Walker at Mt. Washington on the Appalachian Trail
(Courtesy of Elyse Walker)
In my never mind how many decades as a journalist, Ive always valued what readers share with me. Laura Galvan sent an email to remind me that "[w]hen it comes to hiking and outdoor pursuits, please bring in women and BIPOC folks into your newsletter.
She had specific athletes in mind, such as Liz Snorkel Thomas, former speed holder for the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail and author of a book about long-distance backpacking adventures called Long Trails, which won a 2017 National Outdoor Book Award. Thomas also completed the Triple Crown of thru-hikes, which includes the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles) and the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles).
Others who went the distance include Elyse Chardonnay Walker, the first African American woman to hike the Triple Crown, and Will Akuna Robinson, a military veteran, the first African American man to notch all three trails.
Please bring some fresh voices to the table so that everyone can get inspired to get outdoors, Galvan wrote. Well, Laura, you just helped do that. Thank you.
I recently tired of eating the same old bars on the hiking trail. Instead, I loaded my backpack with chips, popcorn and pork rinds and it was heavenly. OK, the snacks werent exactly the bad stuff. I was sent some de-junked junk food items to try out, all made from plant-based ingredients that are vegan and gluten-free. For example, Pigless Pork Rinds (you heard right) are made with pea protein and spices instead of pork. I liked the crunchy spiciness of the Original and Texas BBQ flavors. Forager Project makes worthy chips from brown rice, kale, spinach and other ingredients all to keep the guilt factor low. The most addictive snack? I call it dessert popcorn. Safe + Fairs kettle corn is coated with sweetness in flavors such as Key Lime Pie, Birthday Cake and Dark Chocolatey. Warning: Dont open a bag at home; therell be nothing left to put in your pack. Info: Pigless Pork Rinds, outstandingfoods.com; Forager Project, foragerproject.com; and Drizzled Popcorn, safeandfair.com.
(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)
Mo Jackson of Portland, Ore., loves camping and wanted to share that passion with other people of color. Jackson got started with a few call-outs on Instagram in May for anyone who needed gear. By August, about 600 kits called BIPOC Camping Kits, with a tent, two sleeping bags and a cooler had been shipped to people around the country. Jackson connected with some virtually to show them how to pitch a tent. One recipient said camping provided a re-centering in the midst of social and political chaos. Its a moment to catch your breath. Read the full story here.
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Click here to view the web version of this newsletter and share with others. Im Mary Forgione and I write The Wild. Ive been exploring trails and open spaces in Southern California for four decades.
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