NHM: L.A. Butterfly Survey latest in backyard science

NHM: L.A. Butterfly Survey latest in backyard science

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.

When nature falls and can’t get up

When nature falls and can’t get up

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.

Long-distance flappers seen in San Gabriel Valley

Long-distance flappers seen in San Gabriel Valley

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 […]

Create a wildlife sanctuary in your own backyard

Create a wildlife sanctuary in your own backyard

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.

Welcome to SoCal Wild

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 […]

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