Monitor Monarchs for Science

Monitor Monarchs for Science

Now is the time to show monarchs how much you love ’em. Sponsored by the Monarch Joint Venture, the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz (IMMB) invites community scientists to report observations during July 29 – August 5 to help scientists understand the range and population size of late summer breeding monarchs across North America. Blitz data […]

P-22 Gets New Exhibit at NHM

P-22 Gets New Exhibit at NHM

A documentary movie, an active social media presence, adoring fans and worldwide recognition –is there anything left for Griffith’s Park mountain lion known as P-22 to conquer? How about a museum exhibit that features the life and times of L.A.’s urban nature icon? Opening this weekend at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County […]

Filling SoCal Skies

Filling SoCal Skies

One after another, cars arrive as if on cue. They pull over on the shoulder of this two-lane highway near an endless orange tree grove here in Valle Vista on the outskirts of Hemet in Riverside County. Old couples, parents of small children and families with grown kids sheepishly exit their cars, wander to the […]

Coming Soon to SoCal?

Coming Soon to SoCal?

Birders are asked to keep an eye out for the pin-tailed whydah, a pretty songbird native to sub-Saharan Africa, which could be making its way to Southern California – which could spell trouble for native songbirds. Prized as pets, especially when the males grow their long tail feathers during the breeding season, the birds have […]

P-22, Movie Star

P-22, Movie Star

Will  P-22 be the cat that changed America? Filmmaker Tony Lee thinks so. “The ball is starting to roll,” says Lee about his latest flick “The Cat That Changed America,” a documentary about Griffith Park’s beloved lone bachelor mountain lion. Kicking off with a  world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this […]

Bird LA Day is May 6, 2017

Bird LA Day is May 6, 2017

Time to get to know your feathered-neighbors, SoCal. After all, they have been flapping, flying, swooping and singing all around you as you drive the freeways, shop the malls and grab a Starbucks. Isn’t it time you slowed down for a bird meet-and-greet? More than 50 nature and bird-themed events will take place May 6, […]

Beached Birds Show Up On SoCal Shores

Beached Birds Show Up On SoCal Shores

A large number of beached sick and emaciated seabirds are being rescued along Santa Barbara’s coastline. More than 40 birds – especially red-throated and Pacific loons – have arrived at the International Bird Rescue facility in San Pedro through the help of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. It’s unclear what is causing such bird […]

City Nature Challenge April 14-18

City Nature Challenge April 14-18

It’s on Dallas/Fort Worth. Watch out Boston. You’re going down New York! City Nature Challenge 2017 pits 16 U.S. cities in a heated race to see which metropolitan area is tops when it comes to urban wildlife.  From now until Tuesday April 22, citizens can accumulate sightings of bugs, birds, lizards, mushrooms and more using […]

Is the Unusual Mortality Event (UME) Done in SoCal?

Is the Unusual Mortality Event (UME) Done in SoCal?

For three years, Southern California rescue and treatment centers for marine mammals were overwhelmed with young stranded California sea lions. Day after day, emaciated and weak pups arrived with saggy skin and sad eyes. Staff at the five SoCal rescue facilities went into emergency mode, working round the clock to treat malnourished youngsters, many after […]

Staring Down the Mysterious California Newt

Staring Down the Mysterious California Newt

Gary Bucciarelli often has staring contests with Los Angeles’ only species of newt, Taricha torosa better known as the California newt. “They are very quizzical and can stare right back at you for 5-10 minutes without moving a muscle,” says the evolutionary biologist who’s also the Stunt Ranch Director of Research at UCLA La Kretz […]

Giants Among Us

Giants Among Us

“They are just like big Labrador retrievers,” says Biology Professor Larry Allen of Cal State University Northridge about the giant sea bass that once disappeared but now are showing signs of repopulating Southern California waters.  “Some of my student divers are able to pet them and these fish can be huge, up to 7 feet […]

A P-22 Coloring Book in the Works

A P-22 Coloring Book in the Works

Los Angeles’ most renown wild critter, mountain lion P-22 has numerous articles written about him, a Facebook page and a documentary movie (“The Cat that Changed America”) in the works. Now, local creatives are planning to bring the story of SoCal’s adventuresome puma to the pint-size crowd with a P-22 coloring/activity book – and they […]

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