One of Southern California’s rarest butterflies, the Hermes copper, was denied endangered status on April 14 and was placed on the growing list of “candidate” species. “Sprawl and huge wildfires threaten to wipe out this beautiful butterfly,” said Ileene Anderson, a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, an organization that has been seeking protection […]
T.C. Boyle | Viking Press. Rats, feral pigs and eagles play important roles in T.C. Boyle’s thirteenth novel that’s based on real events that took place on the Northern California Channel Islands where an ecosystem — twisted by humans and introduced invasive species – has been struggling to survive for hundreds of years.
Sure, we got a diverse wildlife palette here in present day Southern California, but at one point in time; say about 40,000 years ago, this region was a mecca of thriving beasties with curvy claws, hairy humpsand scary wicked dental appendages.
Did they take a wrong turn or are they off sightseeing? Whatever the reason, a large pod of sperm whales was recently spotted off the SoCal Coast past Santa Catalina Island – and lucky for scientists who were onboard a whale-watching boat and managed to snap some great pictures. According to the Orange County Register: […]
Spiders, lizards and ladybugs…now butterflies will be added to the list of critters that Angelenos can be on the lookout for as they help scientists from the Natural History Museum discover what exactly is lurking and living in the urban backyards of Los Angeles County. Set to launch this April, this new community science program – The Lost Butterfly Project – follows on the footsteps of three other on-going field research projects that aim to discover exactly where the wild things are in the Southland.
Roses are red,
wild carnations are pink.
What does orange
have to do with a skink?
Get your “skinking -hats” on and click through to test your knowledge on the mighty skink.
Check out how scientists do their stuff, capture marine specimens and learn about the watery world of sea creatures aboard the 93-foot fishing vessel, First String, on Sat., June 11, 2011.
Cabrillo Aquarium is …
While there are only a few rehabilitation centers in Southern California, there are plenty of rehabbers who specialize in specific animals. Here’s a list of organizations and resources you can contact if you find an injured, sick or abandoned wild animal.
Last spring, after morning drop off at school, I was given a baby squirrel by a fellow mom whose husband found the tiny critter at a construction site. Huddled in a blanket inside a shoe box, the 3-inch long creature was hairless and helpless.
Often confused with immature red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks are, on the surface, typical looking run-of-the-mill hawks. But don’t let looks fool you. These are top flappers in Birdland. As the world’s long-distance migratory raptors, Swainson’s hawks rack up more than 12,400 miles round trip each year traveling from North to South America. This week, folks […]
After weeks of being holed up inside, we Southlanders are now venturing out into the warmth of spring and think of getting the tomatoes in the ground, restocking the bird feeder and seeing how our existing plants have fared through the days of rain and cold. Our kids, on the other hand, go outside and try to figure out why their soaked volleyball won’t bounce.
You’ve reached SoCal Wild, a new site which will tell stories of how urban human life coexists with the wild things that inhabit the skies, oceans, forests, deserts and yes, even our backyards here in the Greater Los Angeles area. We’ll learn of wildlife making news as well as the people who study, save, rescue and […]