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What in the World is a Tarantula Hawk?

What in the World is a Tarantula Hawk?

When you hear of a tarantula hawk the first thing that comes to mind is that it is a hawk that eats tarantulas.   But you’d be wrong.  It is a spider wasp which hunts tarantulas. Tarantulas have earned a deadly reputation as a predator capable of killing mice, lizards and small birds.  But the spiders are known to run in fear from the tarantula hawk.   The tarantula hawk wasp preys on its namesake, engaging in a ferocious battle that leads…

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Prickly Situation for Hikers: How to Remove Cactus Barbs

Prickly Situation for Hikers: How to Remove Cactus Barbs

Have you ever found yourself in a sticky and prickly situation on a trail?  Have you wondered how you were going to get those painful cactus barbs  out of your hand, arm, or maybe, leg?  Some of them are very large, but some are so small they break before you can get them out!  Well, one of our park rangers has some good tips on how to remove cactus barbs.   if you ever find yourself stuck with some barbs.,…

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Please help in this study! Have you Seen Badgers in San Diego County?

Please help in this study! Have you Seen Badgers in San Diego County?

Because Badgers are constantly on the move, United States Geological Survey Agency needs your help to find out more about Badgers in  San Diego County.  They need information on siting sof the dead or alive.  Read about the information needed and where to report your sightings in the flyer below.  Their primary prey are small mammals such as squirrels.   American badgers prefer open scrub or grassy areas and are known to move up to 10 miles a day in search…

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