Squirrel of the Year

IT’S SHOWTIME—We receive many engaging squirrel photos throughout the year, and this was one of our best, if not the best. In this photo, two cats in the Dave and Terry Duvarney home on Westlake Lake keep a close eye on a regular squirrel visitor at the back door. The standoff ended peacefully, we can report.


LOKI, NOT LOW-KEY—If his bright, baby blue eyes don’t get you, his sweet personality will. Loki, ID No. A5422131, is a sweet boy with lots of energy. He loves toys, tennis balls and long walks. He would fit well with an active family with children no younger than middle school age, and he’d love a calm dog companion. To meet […]

New policy for animal services

Camarillo shelter closed to casual visits

As a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to align with the closure of county buildings to the public, the following changes will go into effect at Ventura County Animal Services through Tues., Jan. 25. Due to a limited workforce, the Simi Valley Animal Shelter will temporarily close. All found animals must be brought to and reclaimed […]


HAND-FED—Erica Alvarez of Thousand Oaks sent in this eye-catching close-up of a peanut-loving squirrel. “We have a backyard squirrel that my grandkids have named Nutzo,” Alvarez says. “To keep him from eating all the birdseed, I bought him a squirrel mix. He loves the peanuts in a shell, and he will actually come when I call him, or he shows […]

Zoo goes wild on disco nights

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College lights up the holiday season with its inaugural Wild Lights and Disco Nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the zoo on the college campus, 7075 Campus Road. The event takes place Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 through 19 and 21 through 23. Last entry time for all evenings is 7:45 p.m. The […]

Squirrel of the month

LOOK WHO’S COMING TO DINNER—Gary and Camille Sindell, residents of Bayberry Street in Oak Park, have a front and a back yard that draw multiple wildlife visitors, including doves, hawks and blue jays. Their favorite critter is Notch the squirrel, at left, named so because of the notch in its right ear. The little guy gets hand-fed peanuts and is […]

The seasonal changing of the guards

COMMENTARY /// Feathered friends

Did you notice the changing of the songbirds in your backyard and at our parks and open spaces? Our feathered winter denizens have arrived from the north. White-crowned sparrows, hermit thrushes, ruby-crowned kinglets, and other birds have settled in Ventura and Los Angeles counties for their non-breeding season. Additionally, many species of shorebirds and waterfowl are arriving at our ponds, […]

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