By Steve Scauzillo | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley TribunePUBLISHED: March 8, 2019 at 4:39 pm | UPDATED: March 12, 2019 at 9:42 am Swarms of butterflies are invading inland sections of Southern California as a result of an unusually heavy migration of a common species making its way from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest to breed, experts say. About 1 billion butterflies, known as Painted Ladies, are flying at speeds of 20 miles per hour in a northerly direction from the deserts of Mexico to reach breeding grounds in Oregon, said Tom Merriman, a director of Butterfly Farms, a nonprofit in north San Diego County dedicated to restoring the health of butterflies as pollinators. Many callers have reported being amazed at the volume of these small, yellowish, orange and black butterflies the size of a silver dollar. Reports have come in from San Dimas, Glendora, Pasadena, Burbank, San Bernardino and Palm Desert. RELATED: Wildflower season is here! These will be the best spots to … [Read more...] about Why are there so many butterflies in Southern California right now?
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MY HEART feels like it's beating on the outside of my chest. I'm anxious, out of my depth and I sound like Darth Vader. But for the first time in my life, I'm snorkelling.As I plunge my face into the sea and force my body to relax so my limbs can actually float, the stress starts to fade away. As a weak swimmer who's afraid of the ocean, I never thought I'd be able to do this.I never thought I'd go to Oman, either. But here I am, snorkelling. And for anyone in need of some winter sun, it's a destination that – surprisingly – takes some beating.Sitting at the foot of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is part of the Middle East I'd always lumped in with Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They're places that have no real appeal to me, because I associate them with being man-made and money-orientated.But Oman, I'm discovering, is very different. It's beautiful, for starters. The terrain encompasses desert, riverbed oases and lengthy coastlines on the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. Far … [Read more...] about Travel: Oman is the Middle East’s best-kept secret as a winter sun destination