Photographing Wildlife

Photographing Wildlife

It’s got to take a special kind of photo exhibition to take us away from our digital screens — and the newly opened showcase of imagery marvels at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will mesmerize you with artistry, depth and passion for our natural world. IPhone? What iPhone? Wildlife Photographer of the […]

March of the Tarantulas

March of the Tarantulas

It’s called a migration, but for the thousands of male tarantulas that live in Southern California, it’s more like “knocking on doors looking for a date.” This is the time of year when SoCal hikers could chance upon these eight-legged wonders that inhabit local grasslands, chaparrals, canyons and deserts. We can’t think of a better […]

Spotting Giant Sea Bass

Spotting Giant Sea Bass

Some marine biologists have called the curious and often playful giant sea bass the “Labrador retrievers of the sea” – which partially explains why these tremendously large fish (which can weigh up to 500 pounds) are currently on the critically endangered list. These gentle giants have struggled to keep their populations viable as humans have […]

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 […]

New OC Digs for Pacific Pocket Mice

New OC Digs for Pacific Pocket Mice

Mouse in the house? How about 50? That’s the number of endangered Pacific pocket mice that will soon be relocated into an area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park in Orange County, the first ever relocation of the adorable little mammal that makes underground homes. The Pacific pocket mouse recovery program is managed by staff at […]

Play the Name Game

Play the Name Game

To celebrate a milestone in a species recovery, the folks at NOAA’s Montrose Settlement’s Restoration Project are looking for a perfect name for the 100th naturally-hatched bald eagle chick that will fledge on the Channel Islands.   The birds are the subject of a popular live webcam that’s been recording the eagle’s life from egg […]

SoCal Sea Stars Recovery Needs Community Eyeballs

SoCal Sea Stars Recovery Needs Community Eyeballs

There’s a long road ahead for SoCal sea star populations that are slowly recovering from the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome that hit the area in late 2013 – and SoCal residents are encouraged to help play a part in monitoring the process. Four years ago, SoCal coastlines and intertidal outcroppings were strangely devoid of sea […]

Volunteers Needed for Raptor Study

Volunteers Needed for Raptor Study

Got hawk eyes? How about owl eyes? The Friends of Griffith Park is hosting its second Raptor Study that will help biologists understand better urban winged predators. Volunteers will monitor nests in Griffith Park as well as the surrounding areas including the Pasadena/Arroyo Seco area and the central Santa Monica Mtns./San Fernando Valley west of the […]

Are There Silver Foxes in SoCal Forests?

Are There Silver Foxes in SoCal Forests?

Altadena resident, artist and active hiker Doug Meyer was just starting the ascent up Echo Mt. Trail from Altadena when he spied a most unusual creature about a months ago. “I’ve seen bighorn sheep, bobcats and other animals while I’ve hiked,” he says. “This was something I have never seen before.” On this mid-morning weekday […]

A Tale of Two Squirrels

A Tale of Two Squirrels

Alan Muchlinski looked out his window in the 1990s and knew something was wrong. There was a squirrel in his West Covina backyard that wasn’t supposed to live in Southern California. An Eastern fox squirrel – not the native Western gray – was eating from his apricot tree. The grays don’t like the taste of […]

The Nature of iNaturalist

The Nature of iNaturalist

Pictures are worth a 1,000 words – and for the creators and users of iNaturalist, that saying speaks volumes. Volumes of data, that is. With more than 3 million observations from more than 250,000 users logged into the online platform since its initial launch in 2008, iNaturalist has become the go-to source for scientists, biologists, […]

P-22 Day: Puma Party on Oct. 22, 2017

P-22 Day: Puma Party on Oct. 22, 2017

SoCal’s most celebrated mountain lion, P-22, will be even more celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 22 with a festival taking place in the big cat’s hood, Griffith Park. Will the big cat be watching from a far-off perch? One can only hope. P-22 Day is the culmination of a Urban Wildlife Week in Los Angeles and […]

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