Edogawa River Shibamata

Edogawa River is a large river that flows between Tokyo and Chiba. Many people enjoy the riverbank near Shibamata which features long bike or walking trails, baseball and athletic fields, nature, and vast park-lands. In the summer the popular Edogawa Fireworks Festival is held in nearby Shinozaki Park. Shibamata is also the hometown of fictional character Tora-san. There have been 48 Tora-san movies and he has been called Japan’s most beloved loser.

http://www.katsushika-kanko.com/tora/

https://www.japanistry.com/event/edogawa-fireworks-festival/

Redwood Tree

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A coast redwood tree in San Jose 2020

 

The coast redwood is one of the tallest living species on Earth with some measuring 375 feet tall

 

The oldest redwood tree is a least 2,200 year old

 

The coast redwood is native to North America and their range is from southern Oregon to Monterey in California

 

Studies have shown that redwoods capture more carbon dioxide (CO2) from cars, airplanes, and power plants than any other tree

 

Redwoods are resistant to insects, fire, and rot

 

Life of Birds

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Alviso Slough Trail at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso, San Jose

 

Birds mostly fly

 

 

When they don’t

 

 

They hang out

 

White Pelican at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Mallard Slough Trail Alviso (San Jose)

White Pelicans can be some of the largest North American birds with a 9 foot wingspan and weighing between 9.2 to 30 pounds. They are identified by having large heads and yellow huge bills. For feeding the pelicans dip their bills to swallow fish. Historically White Pelicans were threatened with extinction due to DDT pesticides during the 1950s and 1960s but returned back to health due to stricter environmental protection laws. White Pelicans generally live in the lakes, marshes, and salt ponds most of the time. The birds are similar to Brown Pelicans except they are larger and don’t dive from the air for fish.

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-white-pelican

Black-necked Stilt

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Photograph taken at the Alviso Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge

 

A Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) of one the most colorful of shorebirds with pink legs, long thin black bill, and black and white plumage. They live in salt marshes, flooded fields, or salt pans. Their diet consists of insects and crustaceans. You can regularly see them at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge.