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Nocturnal creatures emerge into light

Nocturnal creatures emerge into light
Bobby Conner, Jennifer Mosson and Marco Casteneda admire the wolfdog Damu at the “Things That Go Bump in the Night” event Saturday at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. Damu is trained to perform for cameras. The event highlights animals that have a reputation for being frightening or bizarre by letting visitors get up close with them. / photo by Daniel Torres  Read More →

Activists celebrate Wilderness Act

Emily Lau Staff Writer Environment enthusiasts and federal wilderness agencies celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by providing information about wilderness awareness at the Wilderness Fair and participating in the Walk for the Wild at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont on Saturday. The botanic garden and California Wilderness Coalition collaborated along with some federal... 

Bird watching continues to charm

Bird watching continues to charm
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden volunteer Gloria Slosberg and avid bird watcher Kevin Damon, spot a tufted titmouse hiding at the top of one of the trees at the Garden earlier this month. The Ranch Santa Ana Botanic Garden bird walks are held at 8 a.m. the first Sunday of the month from September to June. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring bird guide books and binoculars. Thanks to... 

Festival shares culture and crafts

Festival shares culture and crafts
Michael Bracamontes sells traditional Tongva jewelry to Ceeroosha Andreas at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Acorn Festival Saturday. Bracamontes makes the jewelry and sells it with the help of and his mother, Dlia Bracamontes. Andreas returned to the festival on the second day to buy some more earrings from them. The festival celebrated the traditional harvest season for the Tongva tribe, for... 

Community enjoys monthly bird watching treat

Community enjoys monthly bird watching treat
Neil Gilbert leads his group of birdwatchers on a two-hour walking tour of the loop at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont. He started as a guide for the botanical garden 20 years ago when he found his love for bird watching. Bird watching is available the first Sunday of every month with free admission. The garden is open daily and student admission is $6. / photo by Mitchell Aleman Monique... 

Botanical Gardens give a hoot at bird fest

Botanical Gardens give a hoot at bird fest
San Dimas Wild Wings volunteer Bruce Thoman helps visitors learn more about 22-year-old Andrew, a great horned owl, at the Family Bird Fest at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont on Sunday. San Dimas Wild Wings is a nonprofit rehabilitation center for sick and injured native birds. / photo by Debora Escobar Veronica Sepulveda Staff Writer What better way to discover the fascinating lives... 

On The Calendar

Winter Formal Ticket Sales La Verne’s 2012 Winter Formal, with the theme “Young, Wild and Free,” will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 2 at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Tickets are on sale for $25 in the Office of Student Life. Tickets will be sold for $30 at the door on the night of the event. For more information call 909-593-3511, ext. 4422. For more venue information, visit seven-degrees.com. ‘Pass... 

First Person Experience: Walk raises bird interest

Alexandria Orozco Staff Writer As I stepped onto the grounds at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont my ears were immediately greeted by the cheerful chirps of various bird species. The people who attended the bird walk Sunday were split into two separate tour groups as pairs of birds flew overhead chasing after one another and making loud yet sweet noises. This behavior from the birds... 

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens offer beauty and education

Blake Humphrey Staff Writer Brittnie Van De Car Staff Writer The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont offers a variety of tours, events and programs – and a beautiful place to escape and commune with nature, right in our back yard. It is home to an extensive collection of more than 6,000 native plants. “We offer plants that most people would not even know existed,” Laura Perry, garden... 
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