Joan Morris, East Bay Times

Joan Morris

East Bay Times

Walnut Creek, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • East Bay Times
  • San Jose Mercury News
Past:
  • Daily Bulletin
  • Vallejo Times-Herald
  • Pioneer Press
  • Monterey Herald
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Daily Breeze
  • Vacaville Reporter
  • Mercury-Register
  • ChicoER
  • Oakland Tribune

Recent articles by Joan:

Why is this Gilroy cat avoiding her favorite sleeping spot?

After a urinary tract infection and some accidental peeing, the cat no longer is interested in her befouled scratching post perch. Plus, is climate change affecting tarantula mating season? → Read More

Why is this Gilroy cat avoiding her favorite sleeping spot?

After a urinary tract infection and some accidental peeing, the cat no longer is interested in her befouled scratching post perch. Plus, is climate change affecting tarantula mating season? → Read More

Palo Alto man willing to take extreme action to keep cats out of his yard

Can anything be done to stop the cats without causing injury? Yes, but the best option is to start with the cat owners. → Read More

Palo Alto man willing to take extreme action to keep cats out of his yard

Can anything be done to stop the cats without causing injury? Yes, but the best option is to start with the cat owners. → Read More

What exactly was a raccoon doing at a Walnut Creek back gate?

The raccoon, emerging from a creek area, stopped to paw the ground with its hind feet before moving on. Plus, was that an exotic duck in Alameda? → Read More

Bay Area Outdoors: 5 parks and nature preserves to explore this autumn

Now is a good time to go birdwatching and explore the great outdoors, and the Bay Area has lots of good places for doing just that, from Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve to Palo Alto's Baylands and the Delta's Big Break. → Read More

Why does this squirrel keep pruning Danville sycamore tree?

The squirrel is relentless in its assault on the tree, nipping off several small branches every day. Reader is worried all the pruning will eventually harm the tree. → Read More

Can wild pigs laying waste to yards in Clayton and Concord be stopped?

The pigs, which are the offspring of domestic pigs and important wild boars, are big, hungry and focused on finding food. They also are very smart and can learn to get around barricades and traps. → Read More

Can wild pigs laying waste to yards in Clayton and Concord be stopped?

The pigs, which are the offspring of domestic pigs and important wild boars, are big, hungry and focused on finding food. They also are very smart and can learn to get around barricades and traps. → Read More

Marauding gang of raccoons at large in Union City

Every night, raccoons descend on backyard, possibly killing a feral cat. Are there any sure-fire ways of keeping them out? → Read More

Were Pleasant Hill crows cawing 911 for their drowning friend?

Crows are know for having “funerals” or wakes for their dead companions, gathering around the dead body and cawing, or scolding. Researchers aren’t sure if they are mourning or ju… → Read More

Radical Family Farms owner nurtures her family roots in Sebastopol

Taiwanese, Chinese, German and Polish, Leslie Wiser explores her mixed heritage by what she grows on her Sebastopol farm. → Read More

Stopping Moraga squirrels from destroying patio cushions

The squirrels are stealing the stuffing from cushions and ruining the ambiance of a fire pit. Is it worth fighting them over? Plus, growing a rainbow to attract hummingbirds and pollinators. → Read More

Will wild turkeys in Richmond explode after eating uncooked rice?

Despite the popular myth, eating uncooked rice won't harm wild birds or cause them to blow up. → Read More

Will wild turkeys in Richmond explode after eating uncooked rice?

Many wildlife experts and rice farmers blame Ann Landers for starting the rumor that throwing rice at weddings is harming wildlife. Plus, hummingbirds prefer to take the direct route over the Gulf … → Read More

Homeless man found shot to death on San Jose creek trail

The man’s body was discovered Saturday afternoon. San Jose Police are asking for anyone with information about the shooting contact officials. → Read More

5 places to see fall color without ever having to leave California

Drop the notion that California doesn't have fall color, because it does -- and in abundance. You just need know the right time and place to find it. → Read More

Want to grow daffodils in your garden this spring? Start planning now

Daffodils are a favorite spring flower, but the bulbs need to be refrigerated now and planted in the fall. → Read More

Why is a Campbell Chihuahua screaming at the neighbor?

Little dog gets excited and starts howling and scratching at the door whenever she glimpses the neighbor. → Read More

Do hummingbirds recognize the Oakland woman on the 11th floor?

Birds feeding at neighbors' stations check out resident who feeds them at ground level. Plus, keeping hummingbirds out of garage, and worries about distracting hummers from migrating. → Read More