I'll let Craig Tooley tell the story:

Craig wrote, “I was out peeking into our local tide pools and thought you might enjoy some of my sightings. The Red Sea urchin is much less common in our area, and I felt honored to have found one.”


Bob Van Syoc took a look at Craig’s photo and wrote, “The things that look like tentacles are tube feet. Urchins use them to move around and also to grab drift kelp to eat. They work like tiny hydraulic suction cups!”

Craig also found an Ochre Sea Star, a beautiful sight to behold!

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com

Tripod lost one of his back hoofs several years ago. We don't know how he lost it, but we were concerned, because it's a disability for an animal when it can't run from danger at full speed. So far, Tripod has thrived by living lightly on the land at The Sea Ranch. Here's a recent photo of him, taken by Rick Hansen. The second photo, taken by Sandy Hughes last year, shows the missing hoof a little better.

tripod-the-buck-missing-a-hind-hoof-is-thriving-by-rick-hansen tripod-the-buck-missing-his-right-hoof-by-sandy-hughesjpgYou can also see Tripod's rack is bigger in Rick's recent photo, so he is healthy!

Thanks to Rick and Sandy for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

This is the time of year we see Monarch Butterflies in greater numbers. Richard Oba photographed one nectaring on Pacific Madrone.

monarch-butterfly-by-richard-obaThe butterflies we are seeing now are the long-lived Methuselah generation. They live about seven months, and they are the ones who migrate south.

Once the winds die down - yes, it's been very windy on the coast - we should be seeing many of these magnificent butterflies in our gardens.

Thanks to Richard for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To report Monarch sightings, and participate in citizen science, go to https://www.learner.org/jnorth/

Marlana Woods was in her Pacific Woods Glass office by the Ocean Ridge Airport in Gualala when this Bobcat wandered in and took a look around.

bobcat-in-my-office-by-marlana-woods bobcat-by-marlana-woodsIn the second photo, the Bobcat looks to be a little concerned with Marlana and her camera! This is pretty unusual behavior by this Bobcat. Fortunately it soon left, but Marlana was left with a very nice sighting.

Thanks to Marlana for allowing me to share her photos with you here.

Motion detector cameras are giving us a view of wildlife we might not get to otherwise see. Laura Baker's camera caught the backside of a Black Bear.

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Laura wrote, “Our trail camera caught the backside of a Black bear as it was leaving our property, no doubt after eating its fill of apples and pears from our trees. The funny part is that in reviewing the photos from the past month, we found an earlier, almost identical shot. It appears that the bear would prefer to put a tree between it and the camera, rather than take the easy path along the road, which would put it in closer proximity to the device. But who knows?”

Here's a print a Black Bear left in the mud, this one taken by Terry Bold.fresh-bear-track-by-terry-bold-large It's pretty exciting to see a Black Bear. They do love apples, so if you are on the Mendonoma coast and have apple trees, be prepared to share!

Thanks to Laura and Terry for allowing me to share their photos with you here.