Rare Seahorse Seen Near Long Beach

Rare Seahorse Seen Near Long Beach

First it was venomous yellow bellied sea snakes washing up on our Southern California coastlines, but now a more docile but equally rare critter was recently spotted by a diver off the waters below Alamitos Bay. The Long Beach Press Enterprise reports that diver Roger Hanson saw and subsequently captured an image of Pacific seahorse, […]

Controlling Mosquitoes With Bats?

Controlling Mosquitoes With Bats?

Predators eat prey. It’s nature’s way. But when prey presents problems for humans, sometimes it’s good to encourage predators on the scene (think barn owl boxes for rodents, mice, etc.). With the news of the invasive mosquito infiltrating Southern California bringing along the potentially dangerous Zika virus, some ecologically-minded folks may wonder: Why don’t we […]

One Bird, Two Bird, Three Bird…

One Bird, Two Bird, Three Bird…

The higher you climb in Debs Park in Los Angeles, the less you hear of the traffic on the 110 Arroyo Freeway and the more you hear chirps, tweets, buzzes, clinks, coos and trills.     Up hidden in a cluster of trees and foliage, a ruby-crowned kinglet was singing an inventive collection of notes, […]

A Safe (And Wild) Place for Critter Cameras

A Safe (And Wild) Place for Critter Cameras

Johanna Turner pointed to where she and fellow camera trapper Denis Callet found the recent deer kill in this Altadena canyon.  The half-eaten carcass was found in sandy open area next to a bubbling flowing creek – and just within yards of homes situated on the ridges of either side. “I bet those folks living […]

Get Your Photo Bird On

Get Your Photo Bird On

Capture your feathered friends for posterity when you discover secrets of nature photography from a pro. The Birding and Nature Photography Workshop is sponsored by the Annenberg Space for Photography and Friends of Ballona Wetlands;  this hands-on photography workshop takes place at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve at 9am on January 31. Photographer Dave Collins and […]

Gastropods Among Us

Gastropods Among Us

Suddenly, the calm of Eaton Canyon was pierced by the shriek of delight from a young boy as he rose up from the ground where he had been poking through the leaves with a long stick. A crowd of adults gathered round as he cupped his hand and displayed his find which, on any other […]

Hunting Crayfish With Hot Dogs

Hunting Crayfish With Hot Dogs

One small critter is making one big mess in Topanga Creek. In the slow-moving creek waters, they lurk under rocks, skitter around the silty muck and hide under piles of sticks and leaves, tentacles waving and pincher claws grasping for anything that may be food. These days, food to these invasive crayfish means native frog, […]

Identify Bird Feathers Like a Pro

Identify Bird Feathers Like a Pro

How many times have you bent over to pick up a feather and thought: “Gee, which bird dropped this?” “Why aren’t I better at bird identification?” “What is the matter with me?” The folks at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can help you with some of those questions with its online Feather Atlas, a […]

More Tour Dates to See California Condors in the Wild

More Tour Dates to See California Condors in the Wild

Unlike seeing any other bird soaring above, the ultimate goose-pimple experience has to be witnessing California condors riding the thermals in the wild. Is it because they are big? Or because there are so few of them? Or just because they are awesome? Whatever the reason, if you want to watch them fly free and […]

Reps and Amphs on Sept. 20

Reps and Amphs on Sept. 20

  Wanting to slither and hop into your heart, reptiles and amphibians are often low-beasties on the wildlife totem pole. Is it because they are often small and good at hiding? Carapaces not cuddle-worthy? Not as showy compared to their mammalian or avarian counterparts? Be prepared to have those stereotypes bashed when you come face-to-face […]

In the Name of Science and Art

In the Name of Science and Art

Taking photography from the realm of scientific data to artful expressions, wildlife biologist Brenton Spies has found a way to connect two of his great passions – and a new exhibition of his work illuminates both. “Diversity of California Wetlands” at the G-2 Gallery in Venice highlights Spies’ journey up and down the California coastline […]

Building a Mountain Frogtown for Yellow-Legged Frogs

Building a Mountain Frogtown for Yellow-Legged Frogs

Biologists are hoping to establish a future Frogtown high in the San Bernardino National Forest with the recent release of captive-bred young mountain yellow-legged frogs and tadpoles, one of the most endangered frogs in North America. A team of staff and volunteers from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research  (ICR) introduced the young […]