12 | June 27, 2019 | Malibu surfside news community malibusurfsidenews.com Tourist behind viral seagull photo works in Malibu Joe Coughlin, Publisher Alicia Jessop’s perfectly timed photo (LEFT) of a seagull stealing her lunch went viral, but don’t worry, she did end up with a Maine lobster roll (RIGHT). Photos Submitted Pepperdine University professor Alicia Jessop likes to give people a hard time when they take photos of their food and post them on social media. But this time — holding a colorful and full lobster roll during her first time in Maine outside one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world — she couldn’t resist. She wasn’t the only one. As Jessop raised her lobster roll for the photo, an opportunistic seagull dove in, snatched it and tossed it to the ground for a feast with its pals. “I thought I dropped the lobster roll,” said Jessop, who was preoccupied with taking the Instagrammable shot. “As I took the picture, it just flew out of my hand. I looked down and his friends were enjoying it.” The real story is what happened next. After absorbing the absurdity of the moment, Jessop went back to her phone to see if she caught any of the action. And did she ever. Her photo depicts the exact moment — up-close in the foreground — the wide-eyed gull wrapped its beak around the end of her lobster roll. Knowing she had to share the once-in-a-lifetime photo, she posted it to Twitter — with the text: “This is why we can’t have nice things. I was trying to take a picture of the lobster roll I ordered in Maine and well, this happened (crying-laugh and slap-face emojis) — where it quickly went viral. As the photo worked its way to more than 200,000 likes and 29,000 retweets, news outlets came a calling — local and national (BuzzFeed, People, The Guardian). Then, TV shows picked it up — “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” “Good Morning America.” Jessop was in awe of the journey on which her photo took her. She also was humbled by it. “It’s mindblowing,” she said. “I’ve been a writer for eight years and have had good experiences in writing, but then I wake up one morning and I’m on ‘Good Morning America.’ People say I deserve an award for the photo I didn’t even mean to take. It’s humbling because I woke up every morning trying to be the best and then, I don’t even plan to.” Jessop, who lives in Oak Park, just finished her second year teaching sports law at Pepperdine. She is originally from Denver and came to Malibu for the opportunity at Pepperdine. She was just on vacation in York, Maine, when she went to visit the famous Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick. Seemed like a perfect time to get a lobster roll from the nearby spot, Fox’s Lobster House. After the seagull snafu, Jessop did go back and get another lobster roll; though, it cost her another $21. But all is well that ends well. Her viral photo and story attracted a hook up of complimentary lobster rolls from Get Maine Lobster. samo From Page 7 to the many people who have contributed to the program over the years,” said Charlotte Parry, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. “The public support for our wildlife is incredibly encouraging.” NPS research has demonstrated the need to build a wildlife corridor over the 101 Freeway. Data has shown that major development and freeways restrict their movement on both sides and that this lack of connectivity has led to inbreeding and reduced genetic diversity among the mountain lion population in the Santa Monica Mountains. In the last 20 years, 21 out of 22 mountain lions have tested positive for exposure to rat poison and four died from poisoning. The Fund has been working with the National Park Service on a campaign called Break the Poison Chain in an effort to discourage the use of rat poison and suggest alternatives that are not harmful to wildlife. Photo Op Malibu Glass & Mirror 310.456.1844 Come visit our showroom Windows and Doors Showers and MIrrors Railings and Skylights Screens and Glass Repair Additional Services www.malibuglass.com fax: 310.456.2594 3547 Winter Canyon, Malibu CA 90265 Licensed Contractor #396181 Ron Underwood shared this snapshot of the sky in March. Want your photo to appear in our newspaper? Email lauren@ malibusurfsidenews.com.
malibusurfsidenews.com sound off Malibu surfside news | June 27, 2019 | 13 On Common Ground How to be a good neighbor to Malibu’s backyard birds Denys Hemen Hospital Manager California Wildlife Center The life of a songbird is not an easy one. There are dangers lurking around every corner. It is no wonder they can be so hard to spot. They are easily spooked, and some are so small you need binoculars to see them. Sometimes the only way to get a nice, long look at the beauty of a songbird is when they visit our backyard. Human development of habitat has driven many species to live near our homes. It is important to do what we can to ensure that our visitors are safe. Malibu has an outstanding diversity of songbirds. Some species that come to our clinic at California Wildlife Center include Anna’s Hummingbirds, fox sparrows, California thrashers, western bluebirds, hooded orioles, and the majestic Lazuli bunting. This article will give you a few quick and easy tips on how to help keep your backyard bird friendly. Keep your feeders clean. Just like humans, birds like their dishes clean. Dirty feeders and water stations can spread disease and grow all kinds of bacteria and fungus. Clean them A western bluebird is pictured. Cambria Wells/California Wildlife Center at least every two weeks, or right away if you have seen a sick bird in your yard. You can use your dishwasher at the hottest setting, hand wash with soap and boiling water, or clean with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Be sure to rinse the dishes thoroughly and let them air dry. The best food for hummingbirds is a mixture you can make yourself of one part refined white sugar and four parts tap water mixture. Avoid buying the red stuff! Change the sugar water at least every three to five days to prevent mold. Clean the feeders at least once a week with hot water and a bottle brush. You also may use the nine parts water, one part bleach solution to clean, but do not use soap or detergent. As always, rinse thoroughly and let air dry. Be sure that the cleaned feeders are never placed near windows, as birds will see their reflections and crash into the glass. What we place in our yards to keep creepy crawlies away can be very detrimental to the animals we want in our yard. Glue traps, sticky fly traps, and rodent poison are bad for birds. Glue traps are brutal and should never be used outside. Last year, CWC cared for several birds, mammals and even snakes that were caught in outdoor glue traps. Most of the time, these animals are going after bugs that are stuck. The same goes for sticky fly traps. Birds get entangled when trying to eat the trapped bugs. Rodent poison does not instantly kill rats and A black-headed grosbeak is among the birds native to the Malibu area. This month, CWC shares how to be a good host to grosbeaks and other birds. Sammy Orzech/ California Wildlife Center mice. They crawl away and die, becoming slow, easy targets for predatory birds who themselves become poisoned. Heavy trimming and cutting of foliage and trees during the spring or summer can destroy nests, eggs and even kill nestling songbirds. Do not believe anyone who tells you they will check for nests first before trimming. A hummingbird nest is the size of a golf ball and is impossible to see in thick shrubbery. Heavy trimming and cutting should be done during the winter. Going “native” in your yard can reduce the amount of work needed during nesting season and attract more birds. To see a list of native plants that birds like, visit www.theo dorepayne.org. The two biggest threats to our feathered friends are cats and glass. Both kill billions of birds each year in the United States. If you have a window that birds often fly into, you can purchase “bird tape” from www.abcbirds. org. The tape glows and makes the window appear as a solid structure. All cats are unnatural predators to songbirds. They have not evolved to deal with the massive numbers of these hunters that are constantly stalking them, night and day. The best thing to do for your furry friend and our songbirds alike is keep your cats inside. Our songbirds need all the help they can get nowadays. Following these steps are a direct way that you, too, can be a conservationist and help keep our local bird populations healthy for all of us to enjoy. On Common Ground is a monthly column written by various California Wildlife Center employees. CWC, a nonprofit located in Calabasas, cares for injured wildlife in Malibu and beyond.