It's hard to believe that it was two years ago this week that we were in Mongolia to see our fifth total solar eclipse.
Video of Mongolia.
Two years before that we were in Turkey.
Both of these locations highlight the importance of water, the impacts of long-term human habitation on the environment and the dramatic effect climate change can have on the natural world and human cultures.
This August we are at home. Summer 2010 has been moderate, only a few days over 100 degrees. But as we approach high summer, this is the dormant period for our native plants and animals. Still the western fence lizard babies are emerging from hidden nests in the ground and the California towhees hatched out three chicks yesterday morning.
More on our native populations in summer to come. We're out in the field documenting our wildlife on video.