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Archive By Author - Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel


Rattlesnake shake: Summer safety in the Santa Clarita Valley

The warm weather has brought out the rattlesnakes. It is important to understand them, learn how to avoid them, and how to identify them to keep yourself, and your family safe this summer.

Rattlesnakes are an important part of our eco-community. They will generally not attack you unless they are disturbed or cornered, or perceive that they are threatened. In these cases, they will defend themselves.

June 24, 2009 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel Special to The Signal | SCV Raw


What would you do if you saw a mountain lion?

Far too often the news we hear about mountain lions is negative. Sample headlines might read, "Packs of Mountain Lions Stalk and Kill Horses" or "Aggressive Mountain Lion shot by Police."

June 23, 2009 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel Special to The Signal | SCV Raw


Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel: Thankful for the good things

Being stuck in a snowstorm - actually, buried in snow inside a car for nearly 30 hours without food or drink - gives one plenty of time to think about life and death.

January 01, 2009 | Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


Wilderness Bill moves forward

The Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act has received wide bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

November 22, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel The Signal | Columnists


Entire family can help with an eco-journal project

Making an eco-journal can be a great family project and a wonderful learning tool for kids. Any notebook will do. You don't need anything fancy - just an appreciation of the outdoors and a willingness to learn.

June 09, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


Preserving local wildlife corridors is in everyone's best interests

A wildlife corridor is a continuous thread of habitat that connects species of animals that may have been separated by roads, housing developments or other human activities. These animal corridors are important because they allow different populations of animals to inter-breed, which gives them genetic diversity. It also allows access to more areas of habitat so predators can follow sources of food.

June 06, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


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