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 […]

Best Whale Watching Season Ever?

Best Whale Watching Season Ever?

It’s being heralded as the “Best Whale Watching Season Ever” in Southern California, but what exactly does that mean? Abundant whales? Different species of whales swimming about?  Whales coming into closer contact with human observers? Baleen and toothed whales performing their own version of West Side Story? There are many ways to consider what makes […]

Critter Corridors in the Classroom

Critter Corridors in the Classroom

Wiggling, fidgeting and anxious. The sixth grade class at Sun Valley Magnet Middle School were painfully waiting their turn to step to the front of the class. They tried to contain their nervous energy and nearly lost the battle. Busting at the seams? An understatement. One by one, groups of three and four came forward […]

A Forest of Possibilities at Palos Verdes Peninsula

A Forest of Possibilities at Palos Verdes Peninsula

Finally. A SoCal forest that’s been lying in ruins since the 1950s is getting proper attention and love. Not a trees-on-land forest; this SoCal oceanic giant kelp forest off the Palos Verdes Peninsula coastline represents seaweed at its finest and is a testament to the power of nature to rebound after devastating decimation. It’s estimated […]

Coyotes in the Neighborhood

Coyotes in the Neighborhood

Urban coyotes are in the news again lately with the pack-loving canines causing more –than-usual havoc in some SoCal residential areas. (Can we blame this activity on the drought? Less food options in our wild areas? Or are we making life too easy for them with our urban smorgasbord of backyard pets and overflowing trashcans?) […]

Discussing Wildlife Corridors and More

Discussing Wildlife Corridors and More

How wild animals move around the landscape and healthy environments that can sustain them will be some of the topics covered by Dr. Jodi Hilty, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), as part of the Malibu Library Speaker Series. The talk takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm at the Malibu […]

‘Pelican Dreams’ Comes to the Southland

‘Pelican Dreams’ Comes to the Southland

“I have always been fascinated by these flying dinosaurs, but this film is really about relationships we humans have with wild animals,” says filmmaker Judy Irving about her new film, Pelican Dreams that comes to the Southland next week in limited release beginning November 7, 2014 Irving, Emmy-Award winning filmmaker of The Wild Parrots of […]

Crash-Diving Grebes Overwhelm IBR

Crash-Diving Grebes Overwhelm IBR

Body of water…. a wet concrete sidewalk…..sure, there’s a difference, but many eared grebes aren’t seeing it these days. The International Bird Rescue (IBR) reports that its San Pedro facility is taking care of 50 grebes, twice the amount of these migratory coastal birds they usually see this year – and no one knows why. […]

Less Poison in the Parks; More Owls in the Sky?

Less Poison in the Parks; More Owls in the Sky?

The recent news that one type of dangerous poison has been discontinued in Los Angeles parks and open spaces was welcomed by Alison Simard of Citizens For Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW), an environmental group that would like to see all toxic rodenticides (aka rat poison) eliminated completely from city boundaries. But, she conceded, this news […]

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