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Features Steelhead on display at the Aquarium of the Pacific. PHOTO: Brenda Rees

Finding Trout in SoCal »

When he was a kid in the 1970s, Ed Pert used to head down to San Juan Creek in San Diego County and meet old timers there who would talk…

Jun 12 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
Portrait of a birder as a young man. PHOTO BY MARTHA BENEDICT

Raising Birders – and More – at Leo Politi »

The students were breathless. “Mr. Rumble! We saw something in the bush! Come quickly!” Bradley Rumble, principal at Leo Politi School near downtown Los Angeles was intrigued and followed the…

May 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
Rare sight: A Western pond turtle PHOTO: Yathin S Krishnappa

Which Way on World Turtle Day? »

They may not be warm and fuzzy, but turtles and tortoises represent one of nature’s finest adaptions that has lasted these carapace-covered critters for millions of years. Sure birds evolved…

May 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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Food and Fear: How Animals Eat Without Being Eaten »

(Editor’s note: This guest blog is by Katrina Stenson, an undergraduate ecology student at San Diego State University working on her thesis involving the California ground squirrel, a very common…

Apr 28 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
The Buffet Line is open. PHOTO: Martha Benedict

Not So Secret Garden »

Of course, the new Pollinator Garden at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles would have it grand opening on the first day of Spring, the season of flowers, bees,…

Mar 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian »

Photo by David Hacker, CDFW

Here’s to more Frogtowns in California, now that the state has declared an official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog,…

Jul 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

What About Bob (cats)? »

Bobcat, photo by Barry Rowan

Living in your backyard: birds, bees, squirrels, raccoons and…bobcats? Yes, these big cats (well, more medium –sized than their mountain…

Jul 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fishing Lure Hooks Both Mom and Chick »

PHOTO BY: IBR/Kelly Berry

The folks at the International Bird Rescue (IBR) have seen their share of tackle and fishing line injuries at their…

Jun 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Rare SoCal Flying Squirrel…Next Endangered Species? »

Photo by Darleen Ortlieb Frenchen

Like something out of a Red Bull commercial, this tiny flying squirrel can guide through the air between trees at…

Jun 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

It’s Rattlesnake Season; The Truth is Out There »

Southern Pacific rattlesnake; Photo: Ian Recchio

sssssSSSSS….Snakes.  Are you scared? Don’t be. Southern California is home to ten species of snakes, but there’s only one you…

May 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Video of the Week


Watch your step SoCal…the rattlers may have beaten you to the trail….