Studying LA’s Urban Coyotes

Studying LA’s Urban Coyotes

We see ‘em everywhere these days. Sometimes they are as familiar as squirrels or finches. But rest assured, coyotes are indeed a different kind of animal. Discovering how coyotes survive in an intensively urbanized area is the goal of a new research project by the National Parks Service which has been studying carnivores in and […]

Summer of the El Segundo Blues

Summer of the El Segundo Blues

Love and wings are in the air for the El Segundo blue butterfly, that little inch-long flapper that has found a stronghold in the Ballona Wetlands. From now until about early September, these flutterers emerge from their cocoons and start their happy mating dance. It’s also a happy time for butterfly watchers, especially the Friends […]

A Statewide Ban on Bobcat Hunting?

A Statewide Ban on Bobcat Hunting?

Hunters and hunted. It’s the law of the natural world. Some critters are on the top, some were destined to be lunch. But even those on the high end of the food chain often become meals for others in that Great Circle of Life. But we humans have altered the scene over the decades and […]

New Firefly Species Found in SoCal

New Firefly Species Found in SoCal

Fireflies may be the quintessential East Coast and Midwest bug, but some glowing nocturnal beetles also call Southern California their home. Recently a new species of firefly was discovered in SoCal by an undergraduate student at University of California, Riverside who was investigating the wildlands of Topanga for his semester’s insect collection requirement. According to […]

Ewe Know Ewe Want to Join

Ewe Know Ewe Want to Join

The folks at Anza-Borrego are looking for sheep peepers to help them count big horn sheep over the long Fourth of July weekend in their longstanding citizen scientist program. It’s the 45th annual census and over the years, counters and biologists have seen growing numbers of the sure-footed sheep in the area. Current estimates are about […]

Greening the Ocean with Abalone

Greening the Ocean with Abalone

It’s a good thing that green abalone aren’t prone to sudden jerky movements – especially when you are trying to delicately affix a millimeter-size color coded circle on them using a tiny squirt of super glue. The intensity level rises when the goal is to tag 1,000 sea snail subjects in one day. Many hands […]

Get Your Bird On at Bird LA Day, May 2

Get Your Bird On at Bird LA Day, May 2

Bird is definitely the word, especially in Los Angeles County that’s home to the largest diversity of birdlife in the United States. Yes. Here. Los Angeles. Bird Capital. HERE. That’s the undercurrent to the first-ever Bird LA Day on May 2 which encourages Angelenos to embrace their feathered citizens that fly over oceans and mountains, […]

Wild Tykes: First SoCal Nature Center Preschool Coming Soon

Wild Tykes: First SoCal Nature Center Preschool Coming Soon

Imagine a preschool where youngsters will learn their ABC’s and 123’s among the birds and the trees – that’s the theory behind the first ever pre-K program in Southern California to be established at a nature center. The new pre-K facility will be housed at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach, a location […]

Photo Exhibit Supports Wildlife Crossing Creation

Photo Exhibit Supports Wildlife Crossing Creation

Even though he probably will never use it in his lifetime, P-22 (famed Griffith Park cougar) is the incentive for the current campaign to build a wildlife crossing in Southern California; the big city cat is also the inspiration a new photography exhibit that showcases other local critters that would benefit from such a passageway. […]

Sepulveda Basin’s South Reserve: Where the Birds “Were”

Sepulveda Basin’s South Reserve: Where the Birds “Were”

A modest green has returned to the Sepulveda Basin’s South Reserve – but many of its former wildlife residents have not. It’s been nearly 2 ½ years since the Army Corps of Engineers unceremoniously ripped apart and plowed over 48 acres of the wilderness area that’s nestled in the traffic-laden corner between the 405 and […]

Want To Do When You Find….

Want To Do When You Find….

A little morbid? Maybe. But that dead animal or bird you discover could help scientists evaluate the health of wildlife populations as well as prevent and control diseases. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a new online tool for citizens to use when they find dead animals. Though still relatively new, the online […]

Young, Female and Lucky: P-33 crosses 101 Freeway

Young, Female and Lucky: P-33 crosses 101 Freeway

One young female mountain lion recently took a leap from her Santa Monica Mountain homelands toward the wider and bigger pastures north toward the Santa Susana Mountains – and wildlife researchers are rejoicing.  The 16-month old lioness, being tracked as P-33, someone managed to cross the eight-lane 101 freeway near Camarillo and now is exploring […]

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