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The California Current
2012-07-17 13:37:35

The California current runs north to south along the West Coast of the United States. This current has huge impacts on the weather along the west coast. Along California this current is responsible for extensive Marine Fog layers every day during the summer, especially when the land is warmer than the waters along the coast. Also in the California area this current keeps the coastal cities...

Crown Brodiaea Brodiaea coronaria
2009-04-28 15:44:30

Brodiaea coronaria or Crown Brodiaea is indigenous to the west coast of North America growing in mountains and prairies. Blooming perennially this herb sprouts from a corm and produces tall flowers reaching nearly 10 inches in height with small stems bearing blooms that are similar to lilies. Each tubular flower opens into a corolla of six lobes each just over one inch in length boast a...

Peruvian Pelican
2006-02-21 16:25:08

The Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus) is a member of the pelican family which lives on the west coast of South America, from Lobos de Tierra Island in Peru to Pupuya Islet in Chile. These birds are dark in color with a white stripe from the top of the bill, up to the crown and down the sides of the neck. Also, they have tufted feathers on the top of their heads. The main breeding season...

Fox Sparrow
2006-02-21 06:14:22

The Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) is a large sparrow and the sole member of the genus Passerella. Adults of this bird are heavily spotted and streaked underneath. In eastern and northern birds, the upper parts, wings, rump and tail are rusty and the underparts are white with streaks rusty to dark brown. Western birds have dark brown upperparts and dark brown streaks underneath. In some...

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.