Badgering House Details…

Badgering House Details…

Not just a Midwestern football team, badgers are complicated creatures that have special housing quirks and behaviors. No, it’s not about the color of their amoires, either.

Seeing Double: Desert Tortoises Are Really Two

Seeing Double: Desert Tortoises Are Really Two

Just like Lindsay Lohan, the desert tortoise can’t seem to stay out of the news these days. Proving that the only thing better than one desert tortoise is two desert tortoises, the Zoology journal ZooKeys has announced the recent discovery that the charming tortoise found roaming the Mojave and Sonoran deserts is not one but […]

Judge Orders Better Care for California’s Endangered Species

Judge Orders Better Care for California’s Endangered Species

Forty California endangered plants and animals must better cared says a federal judge who wants efforts stepped up in four SoCal national forests.

Last week, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ordered three federal agencies – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Forest Service – to develop new protective programs within six months. “Take all necessary measures,” she said, to reduce activities that threaten the survival of these on-the-edge species, such as California condors, California gnatcatchers, Stellar’s sea lion and more.

By the Skin of Our Squirrels

While folks in the lowlands can complain about the ruthless hunger and tenacity of squirrels to get into bird feeders, up in the San Bernardino Mountains, a different story is unfolding. This year, residents have been surprised by the lack of western gray squirrels, even reporting sick and dying animals to Fish and Game authorities. […]

Preferential Pigeons

Preferential Pigeons

Sure, they have a bird-brain, but pigeons may have a little more upstairs than most people would like to think. A recent study by French researchers indicates that urban pigeons can quickly identify the differences between kindly folk who regularly bring out the seed bags and those who stomp, chase, shoo them away.

Hawk Rescue in Banning

Thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement, animal services, wildlife rehabbers, and a long line of patient motorists, an injured red-tailed hawk has been given a new lease on life.

SoCal’s Watery Africa

SoCal’s Watery Africa

Comparing the eastern Pacific Ocean with the wildlands of the African Serengeti, a team of researchers have discovered some eye-opening facts about life in the world’s largest ocean – information that could very well direct public policy, recreation-seekers and conservationists – and may provide fodder for some upcoming spooky big-budget James Cameron flick about the deep sea.

The Emptying of America’s Bat Caves

The Emptying of America’s Bat Caves

For several years we’ve been hearing about the collapse of honey bee colonies in the environment. Less publicized but equally as dangerous is a new pathogen that is killing bats by the thousands — and if steps aren’t taken soon, SoCal bats will be next on the Soon-to-Be-Infected List.

Bigger Cemetery, Fewer Griffith Park Critters?

Bigger Cemetery, Fewer Griffith Park Critters?

The final resting place for nearly 200,000 humans is being weighed against the quality of life for urban critters in Griffith Park, probably the most urban “wild” park in the United States.

Because the dead keep coming, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills announced a new plan to create 200,000 new interment spaces at the nearly overflowing cemetery that butts up against the 4210-acre Griffith Park. More burial plots – above and below ground – would mean the removal of 835 oak, sycamore and walnut trees and some rare plants across 18 acres of land. Environmental groups are not happy

Doing Right for the Blackbird

Doing Right for the Blackbird

Audubon California, the California Department of Fish and Game, and three farmers have all gotten together to give 50,000 tricolored blackbirds a break in Riverside County and Central California,

Paging Dr. Blue Belly…

Paging Dr. Blue Belly…

With their iridescent blue throats and bellies, Western fence lizards are more than just a colorful show-off. They actually have medicinal properties that make life in the West a much better place to be.

High Noon for the Desert Tortoise?

High Noon for the Desert Tortoise?

Back in May we reported on the threat posed to the highly endangered desert tortoise by the as yet uncompleted Ivanpah solar facility in the eastern Mojave. Construction had been halted on April 15 after workers at the site found more tortoises than previously estimated – 59 as opposed to 25. The upshot? More than 3,000 desert tortoises would be disturbed and as many as 700 young ones killed by what most had hoped would a potent symbol of green technology.

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