Here are a couple of links you may find of interest.

Contech Inc
Makers of the Scarecrow Sprinkler Animal Deterrent

University of California Raccoon Info

National Geographic
About ‘Procyon lotor’ the common bandit-masked raccoon found all over America

The Gardeners Guide
The Gardeners Guide has everything you need you from the market leaders in garden sheds & structures through to outdoor living.

Container Gardening
A truly massive site with loads of information written, edited and compiled by Willem, Romanus, Jozef VAN COTTHEM on various gardening topics and ecology including desertification.