Tangerine Dream – Under Cover

Frank Zappa – Finer Moments

Gentle Giant – Acquiring The Taste

Yesterday we visited the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. We were unsure whether to buy one-day entrance or to invest in an annual family pass. The pass can be used at other museums and science centers, but had restrictions that could thwart our expected use. This issue was solved when we arrived to find it was a free entrance weekend. We saw almost all the exhibits. The bear exhibit was sad. The butterflies were cool. The costal relief map was really cool. It’s now nice to know where Tourmaline Drive gets its name. And I am sure that one Paleozoic poster proclaimed “The Oreovician Period” with a corresponding graphic of three layers that looked like, well, an Oreo. After contemplating how long you might have to drive on the 80 to get from the Pennsylvanian Period to the Cincinnatian Period, we stepped outside to the museum Back Yard. There we saw three birds of prey with their handlers. The local Eyes in the Sky organization has adopted birds that can no longer survive in the wild and they maintain a raptor education program. My camera was drawn in like a magnet to steel (Walter!).

This is Ivan, an older hawk injured by a collision with a car while attempting to catch prey running across the highway. The impact caused a wing fracture and blindness in one eye. He is at least 18 years old.

Buteo jamaicensis

This is Kisa, a young adult falcon that can no longer fly due to a bullet still in her shoulder. The vets decided that it was too risky to remove it, as the procedure might damage more muscles and tendons in the shoulder area. She will never fly again.

Falco peregrines