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 […]

They Came From the Ground!

They Came From the Ground!

Like something from a bad B science fiction movie, the sudden appearance of Jerusalem crickets has caused fear and freaking out among humans who know little about this big-headed, bumbling and lumbering creature. And for good reason: these permanent SoCal residents spend most of their time underground and usually come to the surface when the […]

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, […]

Use Your Eagle Eyes for Bald Eagles

Use Your Eagle Eyes for Bald Eagles

One, two, three, four…spend this winter as the ultimate patriot when you volunteer to be a bald eagle counter at various locations in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. No saluting is necessary, but you’ll feel a sense of American pride when you spot one. Guaranteed. Coordinated by the United States Forest Service and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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