Did You Know? Ribbon Snake

The ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus) See a video of our ribbon snakes in this CBS-8 segment! The ribbon snake is a garter snake but with a longer tail, thinner body and narrower head. They have an adaptation so good it’s like a super power – and that’s why we’re featuring them in our SuperWild exhibit. The ribbon snake eats worms, slugs, minnows, insects, small mice,
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Eagle Scout Projects at the Living Coast

We love Eagle Scout projects at the Living Coast!   You might remember our article about Troop 801 solving a prickly situation with our Shaw’s Agave cactus. This time, Saul De Los Santos from Troop 1194 helped us build planter/barriers that are as beautiful as they are practical. This was Saul’s Eagle Scout Service Project, which is the culmination of a scout’s leadership training.
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Wild Heron at the Living Coast Discovery Center

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Delights Staff and Guests Alike Located as we are on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, there are hundreds of wild animals to be seen. And birds of a feather, flock together! In this case, it’s shorebirds. One such animal is a wild Night Heron that is in a particularly interesting stage of development. Molting is to birds as Middle School
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American Kestrel

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Mariah, the female American Kestrel at the Living Coast, is one of the most popular birds on Raptor Row. She was rescued as a chick and brought to the Living Coast Discovery Center about a year later. Because of her early reliance on humans, Mariah cannot be returned to the wild so she helps our Education Department as an Animal
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Burrowing Owl Backpack

Living Coast Burrowing Owl Assists in Research Our Burrowing Owl, Blue, assisted in a research project recently. Researchers with San Diego Zoo Global plan to observe Burrowing Owls in the wild using satellite transponders but didn’t know how Burrowing Owls would react to wearing the device. Enter Blue, who wore the GPS device for four days — and even continued his duties as an
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Limpet Research

Oystercatcher Assists in Limpet Research The Living Coast was happy to assist Rachel Pound research Limpets for her Master’s thesis recently. Owl Limpets (scientific name: Lottia gigantea) are aquatic snails with broad conical shells that live on hard surfaces in intertidal zones. They are capable of locomotion instead of being permanently attached to a single spot, like barnacles or mussels. Rachel, who is studying
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Burrowing Owls at the Living Coast

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Burrowing Owls are year-round residents of southern California, Central Mexico and South America. As their name suggests, they nest in holes in the ground, either ones they have dug or borrowed from tortoises, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, or armadillos. You can see Burrowing Owls at the Living Coast Discovery Center, between Raptor Row and the Shark and Ray Experience and
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Ferruginous Hawk at the Living Coast

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) The Ferruginous Hawk is the largest in North America averaging 23-25″ in length with a wingspan between 53-56″. Their name says it all: “ferruginous” refers to their rust colored back and leg feathers, “buteo” means hawk, and if you see ours in Raptor Row, you’ll know all about his regal (or regalis) demeanor. Ferruginous Hawks winter as far south as
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Bald Eagle at the Living Coast

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) What can we say about the Bald Eagle that hasn’t already been said? This majestic eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America. The Latin name (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) refers to a white headed sea eagle, which they are. Bald Eagles have brown feathers when young and their heads and tails turn white between
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Golden Eagle at the Living Coast

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) We have three majestic birds in Eagle Mesa. The first one you see is Dorado, our Golden Eagle. As with most of the birds in our care, our Golden Eagle cannot be released into the wild. Dorado was hit by a car, which damaged his right wing, making it difficult to fly and hunt. At Eagle Mesa, you can experience
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