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“I have a nest that blew out of a tree in the recent storms.  I’m pretty sure it is a squirrel’s nest   Online I read that it is possible to get certain diseases from squirrels.  Does this apply to the...”
Susan Hopkins, Goleta - February 4, 2019

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“Our kitchen window in the Shadow Hills development at the top end of Via Chaparral looks across about 325 yards to the opposite side of San Antonio Canyon in the vicinity of the dam.  On a number of o...”
Doug Caldow, Santa Barbara - January 31, 2019

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“Just saw four of these birds high in a tree in Alice Keck Park’s park for the first time. Really loud squawking. Very small short pink wattle hanging down neck but no pink on head so I ruled out turke...”
Jane, Santa Barbara Alice Keck Park - January 22, 2019

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“I found this dark heavy bone while walking on the beach after the storm on Friday night. What is it? Could it be part of a sea lion? Why is it black and super heavy? ”
Benjamin Van Heusden, Santa Barbara - January 14, 2019

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“I came across a bone while I was walking on the beach.  Do you know what animal it came from and what part it is?  Thanks!”
Dawn, Goleta (bone found at Haskells, going west) - December 7, 2018

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“Do you have anything in your museum that pertains to the legend of a 19th-century Native American woman who lived alone for 18 years on remote San Nicolas Island, off the coast of California? The book...”
Stephanie, San Antonio, Texas - November 24, 2018

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“We have a wildlife camera in our yard on the Riviera and captured these two critters the night of 7/21. (See the face of #2 at the lower left edge of the photo.) Not enough tail for bobcat, not enough...”
Leslie, Santa Barbara's Riviera - July 22, 2018

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“My son and I found this little guy on a walk up to Nojoqui falls. I think it must be a moth but I've never seen one like this. Is the museum interested in hearing about every odd plant and bug we find...”
Christian, Goleta - July 12, 2018

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“Hi Curators, I keep finding rocks on the beach around here with many small, perfectly round holes in them. Is this a human-made thing, or something natural?”
Dan, Santa Barbara - July 12, 2018

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“Hi Curators, We take frequent walks along Hendry’s beach and over the years have collected “tons” of rocks, sea glass, and a few occasional transportable whale bone fossils.  I came across one specim...”
Jeff, Bel Air Knolls - May 25, 2018

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“Hello, My work colleague found what appears to be a very tiny nest. I have attached 2 photos. Can you tell us what sort of creature built such a nest? And is the museum interested in taking the nest...”
Suzanne, Santa Barbara - May 23, 2018

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“I have come across a very interesting rock on a friends property above the Ojai Valley. Looking for someone who might have some idea what it is. Any help is appreciated.  Thanks, Nile”
Nile, Ojai - May 22, 2018

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“What can be done about the loss of monarch butterfly habatat and their exclusive milk weed food? What can be done to restore the Ellwood Mesa monarch overwintering site? There is information here: h...”
Larry Dighera, More Mesa - May 7, 2018

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“I have some bats living in the wall of my garage.  I am replacing the siding on the garage and need to relocate them.  What is the best thing to do?  ”
Bruce, Mission Canyon - April 18, 2018

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“Hi Curator, A couple years ago I saw this thing on the beach that was an absolute mystery. It was mostly transparent, and at first I thought it might be a piece of plastic, but when I looked at it cl...”
Jan, Goleta - April 17, 2018

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“Hi, When I go to Coal Oil Point I always see a lot of tasty-lookin’ mussels. Can I harvest/eat those?”
Bruce, Goleta - April 17, 2018

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“Dear Curators, My friend has a fossil collection. He sometimes adds stuff to it from local beaches. Is this legal?”
John, Goleta - April 16, 2018

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“Hello Curators, I have rats at my house. :( I don’t want to use poison because I know that can make predators sick when they eat poisoned animals. What can I do? Thanks for your help.”
Nicole, Santa Barbara - April 16, 2018

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“Help! I found a little snake in my house! It was olive green with a red band around the neck and a bright red underside. Never seen one before around here. Is this some kind of exotic invader? I feel...”
Ted, Goleta - April 16, 2018

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“Dear Curator, I saw a snake in my yard. It didn’t rattle, but I think it was a rattlesnake. The head looked pretty triangular. What should I do if it comes back?”
Diego, Santa Barbara - April 16, 2018

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