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 […]

Birds on the Brain at Bird Fest

Birds on the Brain at Bird Fest

SoCal hawks, titmouses, thrushes, warblers, woodpeckers are the rock stars at the first ever Bird Fest held Oct. 18 at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor’s Center at King Gillette Ranch, in Calabasas abourt 5 minutes off the 101 freeway. Bird-related workshops, live bird presentations (including a local rare albino raven), bird feeding crafts and […]

Where Are the Vaux’s Swifts?

Where Are the Vaux’s Swifts?

Every fall between the end of September and the beginning of October, the Vaux’s swifts embark on a Southern migration, and along the way, these slim cigar-shaped birds with crescent wings, roost en masse in urban chimneys. For many years, as many as 14,000 Vauxies have been occupying a chimney near Spring Street and Broadway in […]

Fishing the L.A. River – No Joke

Fishing the L.A. River – No Joke

Rosi Dagit was pleased. The environmental scientist was at the banks of the Los Angeles River near North Atwater Park in Atwater Village waiting for anglers to bring over their catches in large orange buckets. “This is the best citizen scientist program,” she said adding that often she’s the one wading in rivers and streams […]

Wildlife Crossings – Coming Soon to a Freeway Near You?

Wildlife Crossings – Coming Soon to a Freeway Near You?

Watch out SoCal…you may be hearing more about wildlife corridor in the coming weeks, months and maybe years ahead. To raise awareness of the plight of land-locked critters, the National Wildlife Federation California has partnered with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund to advocate for such corridors, especially one that has been eyeballed at across the […]

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