They Came From the Ground!

They Came From the Ground!

Like something from a bad B science fiction movie, the sudden appearance of Jerusalem crickets has caused fear and freaking out among humans who know little about this big-headed, bumbling and lumbering creature. And for good reason: these permanent SoCal residents spend most of their time underground and usually come to the surface when the […]

Giant Sperm Whale Nursery Pod Swims Past SoCal

Giant Sperm Whale Nursery Pod Swims Past SoCal

“It was an extraordinary encounter, a once-in-lifetime experience,” is how whale researcher Alisa Schulman-Janiger described seeing dozens upon dozens of sperms whales off Southern California coastline this week.  Schulman-Janiger has seen sperm whales – best known as the Moby Dick whales – in SoCal waters before but typically that sighting has been of a few […]

Burrowing Owl Delights Students, Staff at Urban School

Burrowing Owl Delights Students, Staff at Urban School

Esperanza Elementary School is welcoming a surprisingly new visitor to the urban downtown campus, a winged wonder that both students and faculty hope will stick around a little longer. A burrowing owl, more commonly found in the grasslands and deserts, has been seen regularly at the inner-city school (located just blocks from MacArthur Park) which […]

Home on the Range with SoCal’s Tule Elk

Home on the Range with SoCal’s Tule Elk

The car caravan stopped at a far enough distance for riders to see the standoff of two groupings of tule elk in the open grasslands near Buttonwillow, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Something was catching the attention of the big bull. The yearlings paid careful attention, still standing close to their mothers. At […]

Turtle Dudes of the San Gabriel River

Turtle Dudes of the San Gabriel River

On the banks of the San Gabriel River, up from Seal Beach, a variety of people scan the slate gray waters for wildlife. On different sides of the river, citizen scientists, families with kids, retired folks and young adults study the slate dark gray waters, not for birds, but for one of nature’s most tantalizing […]

Searching for Sharks

Searching for Sharks

The captain killed the motor and the catamaran floated quietly a few miles off the coast of Dana Point.  Passengers were intensely focused on the surrounding seas with binocular and squinty eyes; the calm water makes it easier to spot ‘em, explained Eric Austin Yee, a naturalist with Dana Wharf Whale Watching. But it wasn’t […]

All You Need to Know About LA’s Wildlife Bridge — For Now

All You Need to Know About LA’s Wildlife Bridge — For Now

The much-anticipated and first-ever wildlife overcrossing in California is in works, with fundraising and raising awareness taking top priorities in this initial phase of the project that will create a span over 101 freeway near Liberty Canyon in the city of Agoura Hills and will benefit mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, lizards and more. It’s being […]

Adorable YouTube Wildlife Stars – We’re Not Clicking

Adorable YouTube Wildlife Stars – We’re Not Clicking

Attention Facebook, YouTube, Social Media Trends: we are not going to watch any more videos that involve wildlife interacting all cute and cuddly with humans in the wild.  You know the videos: “Scuba Diver and Seal Becomes Best Friends,” “Bear Sits Next to A Guy Fishing,”  “Elk vs. Photographer,”  “Feeding Friendly Monkeys in Malaysia,” “Wolves […]

What IS That Buzz?

What IS That Buzz?

Ordinary and otherworldly, California native bees have been on the job in SoCal long before those immigrant honeybees arrived and started hogging the apis spotlight. A workshop on Saturday, July 9 in Glendale hopes to shine a light on the work and wonders of the native bees offering not just facts and figures, but a […]

SoCal’s Flying Teddy Bears

SoCal’s Flying Teddy Bears

Orange bumblebee? A hornet/bee hybrid? Giant flying peanut? Many metaphors describe the bumbling buzzer known as the valley carpenter bee, the largest native bee that’s currently lollygagging through many SoCal gardens, outdoor locales and parklands.  Who hasn’t experienced one of these fast-flying furries zooming straight toward your face? Who hasn’t responded with an unconscious head […]

An Extra Helping of Calamari?

An Extra Helping of Calamari?

Watch out. There are more arms, legs and tentacles in the oceans these days. The number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid) has increased in the world’s oceans over the past 60 years, say scientists at the University of Adelaide. Researchers from the University’s Environment Institute recently compiled an international database of cephalopod catch rates […]