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Georgia Cunradi Rm: 302

Your teacher~Ms. Cunradi

Hello, fellow Bruins!

A little bit about myself here.  This is my 24th year in the District and 13th at Wilson.  I have a BS in Marine Biology and an MS in Geosciences, minor in Art  .Having been a long-standing member in the Bolsa Chica section of Sierra Club, Los Cerritos Wetlands, Orange County Astronomers, and coordinating with Algalita, I try to get my students involved in these types of endeavors with opportunities for extra credit after school and guest speakers to the classroom. In addition,  I have enjoyed the opportunity to instruct Geology students in the evening at LBCC.

I attempt  every year to get  funding for free stuff in the classroom.   Science education should be fun!

Abalone Cove, Palos Verdes

This erosional cliff is made of basaltic volcanic rock chiseled over time to make coves and caves.  Salt water waves can be very corrosive and even leave an orange-red tinge to the rock.

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Snowy egret
Snowy egret

Snowy egrets are smaller than the great egret and have yellow feet.  Come on the Bolsa Chica extra credit walks and you will see many beautiful estuarine birds.

The marine Capistrano Formation is found around San Clemente in south Orange County. The rocks shown here are sedimentary types consisting  of sorted and layered  sandy-siltstone and mudstone.

San Clemente Slot Canyon
San Clemente Slot Canyon
Western Sandpipers
Western Sandpipers

These lovely estuarine birds thrive in the mud flats at Bolsa Chica punching their way into the shallow silty soil to find mollusks and annelids.  Bolsa Chica estuary is the largest protected mud flat south of San Francisco.  Their science center has donated several taxonomic birds to Wilson's science collection.

Primrose Cactus, Santa Ana Mtns.
Primrose Cactus, Santa Ana Mtns.

Sometimes southern California gets ample rain encouraging gorgeous blooms on the cactus  in  spring.

Palos Verdes Hikes

This is a lovely area just north of Long Beach with mostly sedimentary limestone/shale cliffs, rocky tide pools, horse stables, and hiking trails.  I encourage students to hike on Saturday mornings with the Sierra Club and myself for extra credit.

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