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BACKYARD 1 — BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
at 9601 Oak Pass Rd. (1938—1957)
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, in the E. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
Historical Macro-Moth Study (1953-1957)
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FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER
In 1989, the late Frank Hovore sent me a bundle of cogent essays that he had written (between 1986- 1988), on various conservation-related topics, because I had earlier expressed great interest in seeing more (after having read one of them)....Just prior to his untimely death, on 22 Sep. 2006 (he was only 61), he had given me verbal permission to post these essays on my website, “if they would have any relevance there ”.  Well, they certainly do!  So, here I have selected nine (of the “most relevant ”) to reproduce as pdf. files at this site....These are lucid gems, refreshingly free of any predictable Snowman- babble. [For example, you will not encounter such in-vogue buzzwords as “notion”, “ongoing”, “parameters” or “utilize” (in place of “”) etc., etc., etc. - even once, in any of them!!].  For a generalized clarification of what triggered this observation, see Wheeler (1922) and Standen (1950); they said it all, way back then, and everything they so hilariously describe, regarding Academia-Speak (and behavior), is still much the same (if not, in fact, even worse) TODAY....

I believe that most (all?) of these articles were written as contributions to a newsletter (“The Roadrunner”), issuing from Frank's place of employment (Placerita Canyon Nature Center, in northern Los Angeles County, California), during the time-span above indicated, and they were mostly untitled.  I have taken the liberty of dreaming up titles for those seven (of the nine selected) that had no titles on the copies that he sent to me.  I have also inserted a few relevant remarks here and there, which are mostly enclosed in flat brackets.  Any capitalizations, bold-facing, italics, or underlings are entirely mine, simply indicating degrees of emphasis on certain words or phrases that particularly resonate with this reader - or that relate closely to topics that are discussed in the various introductory paragraphs to the “Seven Backyards”, as depicted at this website....ENJOY!!

                                                                                                               - Noel McFarland  (2007)

  1. FAKE GRANOLA!
  2. THE 'MACHINERY' OF A NATURE CENTER
  3. MULTIPLE abUSE!
  4. ANTIDOTE TO 'DEVELOPMENT'
  5. THE NON-NATIVES ARE RESTLESS!
  6. FINDING FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN STRANGE PLACES!
  7. OAKS ON THE WAY OUT?
  8. ACCEPTANCE OF NATURAL CYCLES
  9. A BREATHER FOR THE ROBOTIC 'RESEARCHERS' AND ALL THE TROOPS OF CHAIR-POLISHING GRAPH-WORSHIPERS!
Frank Hovore
http://www-museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/workers/FHovore.htm
1A — Growing Up Wild in the ELFIN FOREST north of Beverly Hills (1938-1957)

Dedications

Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!

EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME

FIRES

- (A) Botanical Highlights

-- Historical Remarks on Oaks

-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!

-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)

-- Echos From the Past!

-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY

- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS

- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED

- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED

- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED

CONTACT INFORMATION

DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)

THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER


1B — BACKPORCH MOTH COLLECTION at 9601 Oak Pass Road (1953-1957)

A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE

ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT

BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION

About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road

BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE

ABUNDANCE-RATINGS DEFINED

The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES

HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION

FRANK SALA'S CORNER

FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER


1C — HABITAT PHOTOS Documenting the Surrounding Locality (1957-1964)

1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)

DIRT ROADS

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