Snorkel local waters with Birch Aquarium

Snorkel local waters with Birch Aquarium

Get off the beach this summer and explore the wonders of SoCal waters with a variety of outings, courtesy of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Join aquarium naturalists who lead two different weekend excursions to get face-to-face with the marine life that lives just off the La Jolla coast. Choose […]

Rare Native Tadpoles Hatch at L.A. Zoo

Rare Native Tadpoles Hatch at L.A. Zoo

Rock star status? Nope? Cuddly and colorful? Nope. Slippery when wet? You bet.

The nearly extinct mountain yellow-legged frog is not your typical poster-animal for endangered species. Sure it’s not a sexy beast (well, maybe in a Mick Jagger sort of way…) but this little hopper is gaining attention and getting a frog’s leg-up from local organizations that want to see the rivers and ponds of SoCal once again filled with extended froggy families.

Bears in the Foothills

Bears in the Foothills

We’re sorry to hear that last month a California black bear lumbered out of the foothills and snooped around the upscale homes of La Canada, stopping to eat four backyard chickens at a home on Bonita Vista Drive. This incident was only one of several recent bear sightings in the Northeast Los Angeles area. We […]

Cactus Wrens Under the Microscope

Cactus Wrens Under the Microscope

The 2007 Witch Fire was a devastating fire for people and wildlife, especially for the troubled cactus wren which has seen its habitat slowly squeezed down and out for decades now. It’s bad enough the songbird was struggling for survival pre-fire, but with the conflagration destroying much of the bird’s shrunken habitat, it’s a down-right […]

Illegal Killing of Mountain Lions at Tejon Ranch?

Illegal Killing of Mountain Lions at Tejon Ranch?

SoCal’s big wild cats are the subject of a state investigation that’s trying to discover just what the heck is going on at 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch. The California Department of Fish and Game is looking into claims by a former employee who alleges that he was fired because he complained about the company engaged […]

Dilemma in the Desert

Dilemma in the Desert

Green technology, that clean, eco-easy and eco-friendly savior to America’s dependency on fossil fuels, has just met its foe: the evasive and extremely endangered desert tortoise. In a script that smacks of complicated irony that only short story author O. Henry could compose, the events unfolding in the eastern Mojave Desert are creating a modern day […]

Troubling Stats for “State of the Birds”

Troubling Stats for “State of the Birds”

We want more tweets. Please. The Department of the Interior and the USDA issued its annual State of the Birds 2011 report and humanity has some ‘splaining to do. The document assesses birds on public lands and waters where more than 300 species live. Sure, the government has made improvements on public lands – and […]

Open House for native flappers

Open House for native flappers

Orange County’s only butterfly house – that’s exclusively home to OC native flappers – is throwing open its doors on Saturday May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Don’t worry; there’s a second door to keep the butterflies contained!)

“The Improbable Crow” on May 18

“The Improbable Crow” on May 18

They use tools, they build objects and a whole bunch of them is called a “murder.” Considered among the world’s most intelligent animals, crows give us much to contemplate and celebrate. On May 18 at 7 p.m., Dr. John Marzluff will discuss this fascinating creature at a free public lecture “The Improbable Crow” at UCLA […]

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