Bird-watching is the fastest-growing outdoor activity in the United States. According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 48 million Americans reported watching birds and 17 million say they took trips to observe birds.
Laina Rose, a 17-year-old young woman from Redding, has hiked - alone - a good portion of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail and says she wants to complete the trek. It’s a big challenge even for people with more experience and hikers who set out with companions, let alone a person not yet in college. What do you think, is such an adventure a good idea?
Not too long ago, grizzly bears ruled much of California from the coastal mountains in the south to the Cascade Range in the north. No other creature in the land could outfight Ursus arctos horribilis. Not until humans nearly drove this majestic creature into oblivion. It’s the official state animal of California, even though it doesn’t live here anymore. Now, 92 years after the last California grizzly bear was killed in Tulare County, there’s an effort to return them to their ancestral homelands.