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 […]

Home on the Range with SoCal’s Tule Elk

Home on the Range with SoCal’s Tule Elk

The car caravan stopped at a far enough distance for riders to see the standoff of two groupings of tule elk in the open grasslands near Buttonwillow, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Something was catching the attention of the big bull. The yearlings paid careful attention, still standing close to their mothers. At […]

Turtle Dudes of the San Gabriel River

Turtle Dudes of the San Gabriel River

On the banks of the San Gabriel River, up from Seal Beach, a variety of people scan the slate gray waters for wildlife. On different sides of the river, citizen scientists, families with kids, retired folks and young adults study the slate dark gray waters, not for birds, but for one of nature’s most tantalizing […]

Searching for Sharks

Searching for Sharks

The captain killed the motor and the catamaran floated quietly a few miles off the coast of Dana Point.  Passengers were intensely focused on the surrounding seas with binocular and squinty eyes; the calm water makes it easier to spot ‘em, explained Eric Austin Yee, a naturalist with Dana Wharf Whale Watching. But it wasn’t […]

All You Need to Know About LA’s Wildlife Bridge — For Now

All You Need to Know About LA’s Wildlife Bridge — For Now

The much-anticipated and first-ever wildlife overcrossing in California is in works, with fundraising and raising awareness taking top priorities in this initial phase of the project that will create a span over 101 freeway near Liberty Canyon in the city of Agoura Hills and will benefit mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, lizards and more. It’s being […]

Adorable YouTube Wildlife Stars – We’re Not Clicking

Adorable YouTube Wildlife Stars – We’re Not Clicking

Attention Facebook, YouTube, Social Media Trends: we are not going to watch any more videos that involve wildlife interacting all cute and cuddly with humans in the wild.  You know the videos: “Scuba Diver and Seal Becomes Best Friends,” “Bear Sits Next to A Guy Fishing,”  “Elk vs. Photographer,”  “Feeding Friendly Monkeys in Malaysia,” “Wolves […]

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 […]