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Ernie Cowan
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Writer, Photographer, lecturer, birdwatcher
Writer, Photographer, lecturer, birdwatcher

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ERNIE COWAN   Union Tribune  Outdoors HIKE IN ANZA-BORREGO A GREAT WAY TO START OFF YEAR Taking a hike on New Year’s Day has become an annual tradition for me. This year, after an evening of fun with friends to usher in the New Year, my hike would be in the...
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ERNIE COWAN   Union-Tribune  Outdoors WOODPECKER LEADS TO ANOTHER ‘SIT AND SEE’ SESSION It all began with a snake in the grass and ended with a bird in hand. I had not planned on spending any time observing nature. In fact, I was returning from a trip to th...
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ERNIE COWAN  Union Tribune  Outdoors GOLDEN MEADOW BRINGS BACK FOND MEMORY OF WEDDING “All that glitters is not gold.”  That famous quote kept going through my mind as I walked into the autumn meadow that was painted in the golden hues of late afternoon sun...
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E RNIE COWAN   Outdoors MOUNTAIN LION, FOX APPEAR AT LATEST ADVENTURE At first there was only sound. Through the chilly morning darkness came the yelping of a distant coyote. Imperceptibly, the darkness began to transform into a flat gray, allowing me to se...
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ERNIE COWAN   Outdoors Summer ushers in the beginning of meteor-watching season d There is something quite peaceful and humbling about a star-filled sky on a clear, moonless night. Adding the flash of a streaking meteor is like the final note of a captivati...
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County’s second most common bird moves fast and avoids the limelight BY ERNIE COWAN Union Tribune  The characteristic “witchetywitchety” song confirmed what I was looking for, but I just couldn’t spot it. The colorful little common yellowthroat is another o...
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ERNIE COWAN  Union-Tribune Outdoors   Looking south over San Diego County from the summit of Toro Peak  TORO PEAK VIEWS RECALL MEMORABLE ADVENTURES I climbed a mountain last week, not simply for the spectacular view, but to survey the landscape I’ve wandere...
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ERNIE COWAN   Union-Tribune Outdoors SMELLS OF NATURE BRING BACK THE DAYS OF SUMMERS PAST As spring teeters on the fulcrum of summer, it’s the smells of nature that ignite the most vivid memories. A recent drive through the Cuyamaca Mountains was filled wit...
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ERNIE COWAN  Outdoors SIT BACK AND ENJOY NATURE’S ANNUAL SPRING PARADE It may not be marching bands and floats, but nature’s annual spring parade is about to begin as longer days and warmer weather awaken San Diego’s backcountry from its winter chill. A dri...
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DESERT OFFERS PRISTINE VIEWING OF MILKY WAY San Diego’s spring desert wildflower show may have been out of this world, but an even more unworldly show is soon to arrive in the dark night sky of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. March means that the spectacula...
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