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 […]

Sheep Spotters Needed for Bighorn Survey

Sheep Spotters Needed for Bighorn Survey

Lace up your hiking shoes for local bighorn sheep, SoCal. Three agencies are working together to survey the population in the San Gabriel Mountains and they are looking for volunteers to assist biologists in the annual bighorn sheep survey February 26-27 No survey experience is necessary but vols (ages 16 and older) are asked to attend a […]

Giant Sperm Whale Nursery Pod Swims Past SoCal

Giant Sperm Whale Nursery Pod Swims Past SoCal

“It was an extraordinary encounter, a once-in-lifetime experience,” is how whale researcher Alisa Schulman-Janiger described seeing dozens upon dozens of sperms whales off Southern California coastline this week.  Schulman-Janiger has seen sperm whales – best known as the Moby Dick whales – in SoCal waters before but typically that sighting has been of a few […]

Burrowing Owl Delights Students, Staff at Urban School

Burrowing Owl Delights Students, Staff at Urban School

Esperanza Elementary School is welcoming a surprisingly new visitor to the urban downtown campus, a winged wonder that both students and faculty hope will stick around a little longer. A burrowing owl, more commonly found in the grasslands and deserts, has been seen regularly at the inner-city school (located just blocks from MacArthur Park) which […]

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, […]

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