Great White Shark Census: Few Call California coast home

Great White Shark Census: Few Call California coast home

They may be great and white, but the numbers of the great white shark who dwell off the central California coast are far fewer than biologists had thought. Research led by UC Davis and Stanford University put the number at about 219. The study, published this week in the journal Biology Letters, is the first […]

Numbers up for California condors

Numbers up for California condors

At one point, a mere 25 years ago, you could have easily written off the California condor: the population was extinct in the wild and only 27 birds were living in captivity at the San Diego Zoo. Pretty much a done bye-bye deal for North America’s largest flying bird, right?

The Falcon Man of LaJolla

The Falcon Man of LaJolla

We like it when semi-retired folk often do strange things that they wouldn’t have dreamed of earlier in their lives – and we don’t mean changing their dinner time to 5 p.m.

La Jolla’s Will Sooter is a fine example of someone who discovered how fate, nature and a morning jog can transform a life.

Field work fun in the Santa Monica Mountains

Field work fun in the Santa Monica Mountains

Proving that it’s not just for kids, the second annual Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival promises a bevy of outdoorsy-activities that will entice the stubbornest coach potatoes to get up to enjoy the wide open spaces. Watch owls fly at night. Identify a wildflower. Learn how to track mountain lions and bobcats. Listen to stories […]

Making a Comeback: The Channel Island Fox

Making a Comeback: The Channel Island Fox

Smaller than a house cat, the Santa Cruz Island fox is king of the roost on his very own island; not every critter can lay claim to such a captive empire. And these little beasts are flourishing back on their native soil, years after their numbers precariously dwindled.

Albino dolphins, sunfish off coast in Dana Point

Albino dolphins, sunfish off coast in Dana Point

Naturalists would have had a couple of A+ field days down in Orange County this past weekend because folks aboard a Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching vessel got a taste of nature at her most unusual – two, possibly rare albino dolphins and an estimated 2,200 pound sunfish (better known as a mola mola).

Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals

Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals

Gordon Grice | Dial Press. This is the kind of book you don’t give to people like my mother who gravitate toward thinking the worst of any situation. That cute little dog over there? A killer. What about those charming circus elephants? Murderers. And don’t even think that a mere butterfly is safe…

Humpies on humpday

Humpies on humpday

Folks aboard the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara got an extra scoop this week, with the vessel’s first humpback whale sighting of the season, writes Pete Thomas in his Outdoor Action and Adventure blog. Six or more of the cetaceans were spotted. Pete reports: “We’ve heard rumors of these beasts coming back into the […]

They’re Baaaaack!

They’re Baaaaack!

This is the season when the historic cliff swallows wing their way back toward the most famous mission in California, San Juan Capistrano.