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 Eagle Mesa, 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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The Former Clapper Rail

Light-footed Clapper Rails become Ridgway’s Rails Do you know this bird? Until recently, we called them Clapper Rails or Light Footed Clapper Rails. But no longer. They are now classified as Ridgway’s Rails. This has to do with a split in species. California’s three subspecies of Rallus longirostris (Clapper Rails) recently became subspecies of Rallus obsoletus, which is given the English name Ridgway’s Rail.
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Did You Know? Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher’s Birthday: June 16 is Sweet Sixteenth Have you seen our Black Oystercatcher? If you visit the Living Coast’s Shorebird Aviary, you’ll know him by his distinct black body, large orange beak, and loud call. Oystercatchers use their beaks to pry oysters and limpets off of rocks. They also eat fish and invertebrates. Oystercatchers can be found from Alaska to Baja California. Did
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10% Off Your Membership

Purchase or Renew your Living Coast Discovery Center Membership by June 15th to receive 10% off. We’re running a very special promotion until the end of our fiscal year. Join, renew or give a Living Coast Membership and receive 10% off the regular price. Add this to these great reasons to become a member: Unlimited admission for 12 full months 10% discount on merchandise
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Did You Know? Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis) Ruddy Ducks spend most of their time on the water. They are fast fliers but not very maneuverable in the air, so it’s easier for them to swim and dive to escape predators.  Ruddy Ducks breed in wetlands and reservoirs from southwestern Canada through the western United States and Mexico, as well as in scattered sites in the eastern United
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We Love Our Volunteers!

This is a living blog about our great Living Coast Volunteers. We could truly not do what we do without them! If you’re inspired about any of the people you see here, why not join us? Here is a link to all you need to know about volunteering for the Living Coast Discovery Center. Thanks! We Love: Paul This is Paul, a Living Coast
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