Pictured: The bird is the word at Debs Park

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Over the weekend, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society got together for a promotion of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which is crowdsourcing data about bird migrations and habitats. The Pasadena chapter of the Audubon Society checked in at Debs Park in Highland Park to count birds and glean information about the avian residents of the Arroyo Seco.
It was a birder’s binoculared love-fest and an opportunity for backyard researchers who are interested in finding out more about several species, including the California quail, Allen’s hummingbird, Nuttall’s woodpecker, the oak titmouse, the wrentit, the California thrasher, the yellow warbler and the spotted towhee.
Staff photographer Mike Mullen was at Debs Park, too, and caught the cool shot at the top. I call it “Out on a Limb.”
(Photos by Mike Mullen / Staff)

Model home: Green abode in Pasadena is designer’s playground


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The Star-News carried a feature by Juliette Funes this weekend on the home of Kristina Urbana Spencer, who is an interior designer and the owner of Pasadena-based Setting the Stage Interior Design.

The modern home is a model of sustainability, being both eco-friendly and allergen-free:

“For a long time, green was not necessarily beautiful,” Spencer said. “Your choice was hemp, hemp and hemp. With the explosion of truly green products, you have much more variety.”


Let’s take a peek around the house.

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Shop local: Eco-conscious furniture designs for babies and children

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Muu is a year-old eco-conscious children’s furniture company that says it won’t compromise safety, sustainability or style.

The
products, finished with non-toxic lacquers, are manufactured locally to
reduce the environmental impact of transporting them to retail stores,
according to Muu founder Robert Kwak. The wood used is certified MDF,
made of recycled wood fibers, obtained from local sources.

The furniture is designed to adapt to the child as he
or she grows.

“We really felt like there was an opportunity to create a
product that had all of the customizations to it,” Kwak said. “It’s
furniture that is designed to grow with you.”

Muu’s current line, the Sam Collection, features the Sam
Crib, that can be transformed into a toddler bed with a conversion kit.
The collection was recognized as a 2009 International Design Excellence
Award finalist among 1,600 entries worldwide.

Kwak developed the concept with the environment and safety in mind.

“We have children, and we make sure they put out a product that is safe,” he said about its manufacturers.

The Sam Collection is available at:


Stacey Wang (Photos courtesy Muu)