There are 51 species of scorpions that can be found in Arizona, out of the 80 or so species in the United States. All scorpions can sting, and all have venom in their sting, but very few species are considered are medically significant, meaning that they have caused fatalities. Most scorpions hide under stones during the day, so me being me, I went out into the canyon and turned over stones to look for them. Continue reading
Today was a day of baking and hiking for me. I had the day off, so I made several loaves of bread, and went up a trail in a local canyon. Continue reading
Today was my first day at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! I learned a ton, and the people I’ll be working with are all amazing. Since there is a lot of training involved, today was mostly spent shadowing the more experienced staff. Continue reading
Exciting news! I have just moved to Tucson, AZ! While I have been volunteering in the aquarium industry for a while now, I just got a real, full-time position at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I drove from California to Tucson yesterday, so today was my first full day here. To celebrate, I went on a nature walk and decided to start the Homesteading Hippy back up with the pictures I took. Continue reading
Yesterday, I described the process of collecting and cleaning wild Milk Snails, an invasive species in Southern California. Today, I want to share the recipe I used to cook them. Continue reading
***Warning – Some pictures and descriptions may be a bit graphic***
Over the last few weeks, I have successfully collected, prepared, and eaten my own escargots. Here in Southern California, we have an invasive snail known as the Milk Snail, genus Otala, imported from the Mediterranean. Since the climate here is very similar to Spain and North Africa, they took off and have been doing massive damage to agriculture. They are also one of the species used for human consumption.
I know I haven’t been updating as often as I would like, but here is a collection of the pictures I have taken recently, just to prove I’m still around. These pictures are all up on iNaturalist as well, for those of you who read my last post.
A male and a female Western Black Widow. The male is attempting to approach her to mate. In this species, cannibalism is rare, and males and females have been recorded living peacefully in the same nest.
A Marbled Godwit ending his photo-shoot.
I hope-you enjoy these shots, they’re a few of my favorites from the past couple of weeks.
~The Homesteading Hippy
I do not like to buy seafood, when it is so readily available and I’ve already paid an arm and a leg for a California fishing license. To that end, a couple posts ago, I talked about my first experiment cooking and eating limpets. I found out that the limpets were too chewy to cook whole. This time, I tried a different recipe that has worked well for whelks in the past. Continue reading
Here’s another useful plant to be able to identify: the prickly pear cactus. There are many species of prickly pear (Opuntia) but the one most common around my area is the coastal species, Opuntia littoralis. Both the pads and the fruits of this species are edible, and easily available. Continue reading