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 […]

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 […]

More Roaming for Desert Tortoises

More Roaming for Desert Tortoises

The San Diego Habitat Conservancy and the San Diego Zoo Global will be participating in a newly formed desert tortoise conservation bank which is located on 7,400 acres of private land in Eastern San Bernardino County owned by the Cadiz land and water development company. The Fenner Desert Tortoise Conservation Bank will provide permanent protection […]

Keeping it ‘Messy’ at the L.A. River

Keeping it ‘Messy’ at the L.A. River

Sure keeping things tidy is good for your kitchen, garage and teenager’s bedroom, but tidiness has its drawbacks, especially when you are dealing with Mother Nature and local wildlife. Gardeners know that the messiness of rotting leaves, logs or other vegetation is a direct invitation for bugs, birds and more to “Come on in and […]

Spiders Exonerated!

Spiders Exonerated!

Stop blaming spiders when you get bitten by an unknown insect. That’s the word from a team of scientists, led by an entomologist at the University of California Riverside who wants everyone to rest easy that a spider is NOT the culprit when you get a large red welt and pus-filled itchy skin eruption. After […]

Coast to Cactus Opening Jan. 17 in San Diego

Coast to Cactus Opening Jan. 17 in San Diego

The all-inclusive Southern California bio-region – under one roof? Is it possible to convey the complexities and intricacies of the diversity we have around us in one exhibit? After all, our SoCal terrain is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world given our high concentration of different species of any geographic area of […]

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