No help for rare SoCal butterfly

No help for rare SoCal butterfly

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 […]

When the Killing’s Done

When the Killing’s Done

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.

New “Old” Bones at the Page Museum

New “Old” Bones at the Page Museum

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.

Rare Pod of Sperm Whale Seen off Coast

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: […]

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 […]