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Episode 27 – The California Condor

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In California we tend to love our symbols and history, our landscapes and natural features, and our native flora and fauna.  From our Golden Poppies to our Otters to our Kelp Forests to our Tule Elk, we tend to cherish those who belong here along with us.  One of our native creatures was declared extinct in the wild in 1987 when the last few specimen were gatherer in an attempt to save an entire species.  The last 22 known animals were collected and raised, housed and bred, and slowly reintroduced into the wild. Today that number is almost 500 with many being born and raised in the wilds of California – the largest flying land bird in North America.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-27

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Episode 26 – The Oroville Dam

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Back in episode 20 we talked some about the Mother Orange Tree of Butte County which used to be located at a bridge crossing the Feather River.  That tree was moved and other bridges were built in the area to accommodate a huge engineering and infrastructure project, one of the largest in CA at that time.  What we built was a landmark feat that is now recognized as the tallest dam in Butte County, oh…and the tallest dam in California…oh, and the tallest dam in the United States still to this day.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-26-the-oroville-dam

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Episode 25 – The Watts Towers

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I have heard them described as ugly or an eyesore.  I have also heard them described as a feat of human artistic ingenuity.  Whatever you may think of their aesthetics, you cannot but marvel at the feat of creation that you will find when you travel deep into the southern end of Los Angeles to a community known as Watts – where an Italian immigrant who was known locally as Simon decided to build something that took over 33 years to construct.  

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-25

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Episode 24 – Carmon Neff

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I grew up originally in Merced CA which meant that we knew and visited people often just over the line in Madera County, in the town of Chowchilla.  One time when traveling through the area my father took us outside of town to drive past a small ranch property. This site had all sorts of statues and windmills covering the property, all made out of welded and cut scrap metal.  You had dinosaurs and insects, creatures of all shapes and sizes pieced together from old tractor parts, rebar, large gears, chains, leaf springs, and about anything else you can think of. This was when I learned the name of Carmon Neff.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-24

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Episode 23 – The California Field Atlas

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One day a year and a half ago or so I was driving home from work and listening to various podcasts as I tend to do and I heard someone raving about a new book they had just received about California natural history.  It was a bit odd in that they just gave generalizations, it was a book, talked about California Naturalism, and was just beyond beautiful. Not only that this was on a podcast about pod culture and technology, not the kind of place I expected to hear about such a book.  As soon as I got home and looked up the book on Amazon but it was sold out and going for way too much from third-party dealers…so I just added it to my wish list and forgot about it.

About 6 months later I was on a photography trip from my home in Central California up the coast of Oregon and back.  On the way we stopped in a local museum in the town of Ukiah and I saw the book in their gift shop. I got excited, related the story to my wife, and decided I had to buy it then and there and I was not disappointed.  Today’s episode is about the California Field Atlas by Obi Kaufmann.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-23

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Episode 22 – The Carrizo Plain

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If you have grown up in California there is a spectre that has haunted out collective unconscious for many years – and that spectre is the San Andreas Fault line.  Many people know it is a thing, know it affects people and public policy here in California, but not as many can tell you exactly where or how it runs. There are signals of the fault line all over California if you know where to look – but there is a great valley in the southern half of the state where the fault line is most prominent.  The best part about this valley is that no matter what time of year you visit there is something to experience.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-22

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Episode 21 – Harold Richardson Redwood Reserve

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There is a group called the “Save the Redwoods” league that has been active for a hundred years and works for the preservation of coastal sequoia groves up and down the state.  Earlier this year they gave us a gift by announcing the purchase of a large chunk of land in Sonoma County. This land has been privately owned by a family for a century who have kept in in pristine and almost completely untouched state.  With this purchase the league is working to open up a new park and hopes to have it ready by 2021.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-21-harold-richardson-redwood-reserve