Outdoors

  • La Jollans asked to join City’s Nature Challenge

    La Jollans asked to join City’s Nature Challenge

    Between birds soaring overhead, critters living in tidepools and pinnipeds lounging on the beach, a day at La Jolla’s coastline provides expansive glimpses of nature. Not to mention the landscapes and treescapes that vegetate town and La Jolla’s biodiverse hillsides. That’s why the City of San...

  • Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Last week, I spotted a little furry creature poking out of its burrow in the middle of a manicured lawn — it was a pocket gopher! Botta's pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) are native to California and are mainly nocturnal rodents related to beavers, squirrels, chipmunks and rats....

  • Natural La Jolla: Brandt's cormorants now nesting at La Jolla Cove

    Natural La Jolla: Brandt's cormorants now nesting at La Jolla Cove

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Birding could not be better than at La Jolla Cove right now. If you peek over the edge of the fence on the north side of the lifeguard tower, you'll be able to see a Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) nesting rookery in mid-season. Over the past couple of months,...

  • Bird Rock athlete amputates her limitations

    Bird Rock athlete amputates her limitations

    Bird Rock resident Tara Butcher has conquered a life-threatening injury — two at once, actually — to become an inspirational challenged athlete.

  • Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: It was an exceptionally warm fall here in La Jolla, with record high temperatures being observed day after day. Temperatures on Thanksgiving Day tied the previous high record for that late in November (87 degrees F). Now that we are into winter, many of the flowering shrubs and...

  • Bishop’s grad launches skateboard company: Sweetride debuts at La Jolla Open Aire Market in December

    Bishop’s grad launches skateboard company: Sweetride debuts at La Jolla Open Aire Market in December

    Appealing to the more casual skateboard rider — think boarding to the beach or to run an errand — the La Jolla-based Sweetride skate company launched online at www.sweetride-us.com on Nov. 26 and then with a stand at the La Jolla Open Aire Market the next day. The company will continue to have...

  • 130 young surfers compete at La Jolla Shores Beach Menehune

    130 young surfers compete at La Jolla Shores Beach Menehune

    More than 130 surfers, ages 7-16 participated in the 51st annual Menehune Junior Surf Contest, Saturday, Oct. 29 at La Jolla Shores Beach. Organized by WindanSea Surf Club, the event drew participants from the Bay Area to Baja California, who competed for prizes in various age divisions. Top honors...

  • County bike trail may reduce traffic lane on Gilman Drive

    County bike trail may reduce traffic lane on Gilman Drive

    City engineers outlined two upcoming projects at the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) meeting Nov. 3 — a bicycle lane that will run along Gilman Drive from La Jolla Village Drive to SR 52, and the installation of a 250-foot-long connecting sidewalk on La Jolla Mesa Drive. The bicycle...

  • Go, Wheeler, Go! La Jollan embarks on lifetime adventure after college

    Go, Wheeler, Go! La Jollan embarks on lifetime adventure after college

    When La Jolla native Tom Wheeler started college at UC Santa Clara four years ago, he didn’t know what the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was. Today, he has walked over 2,000 miles of the 2,650-mile hiking trail that runs almost parallel to the West Coast from the Mexico to the Canadian border, and...

  • What are we surfing in? A look at stormwater infrastructure in La Jolla

    What are we surfing in? A look at stormwater infrastructure in La Jolla

    The recent Surfer Health Study (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, UC Berkeley, Soller Environmental and Surfrider Foundation, September 2016) found human fecal pollution in almost all stormwater discharges measured at the Tourmaline Surf Park storm drain in the 2014 and 2015 wet...

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