Burbank Mountain Lions – Part III

Burbank Mountain Lions – Part III

There’s a new chapter being written for two SoCal mountain lions that were found almost three years ago under a car in Burbank. Remember them? The two cubs (about three months old) were found under a parked car in early December 2011; residents were poking broomsticks to shoo them away before animal control rescued them. […]

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs in a Water-Less World

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs in a Water-Less World

You don’t have to be a biologist to assume that California’s epic drought is affecting water-loving critters. Frogs and amphibians lazing and splashing around mountain streams and pools are harder to find these days – especially for those endangered ones like the rare mountain yellow-legs frogs which are on both state and federal lists. A […]

Five L.A. Moths for Moth Week 2015

Five L.A. Moths for Moth Week 2015

Setting the record straight about the butterfly’s lesser respected cousin, National Moth Week  (July 18-26) was created to raise awareness of the unique biodiversity of these winged wonders. Here in Los Angeles, moth-gawkers will be out this week to catch a glimpse of these ‘furry’ flyers. Here’s a short primer on five local lepidropteric luminaries: […]

Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

Here’s to more Frogtowns in California, now that the state has declared an official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog, a species that could use a little help when it comes to habitat, health and environment. Gov. Brown signed signed the bill into law June 28; we appreciate that the proposal for a state amphibian […]

What About Bob (cats)?

What About Bob (cats)?

Living in your backyard: birds, bees, squirrels, raccoons and…bobcats? Yes, these big cats (well, more medium –sized than their mountain lion cousins) can call residential areas their territorial homes,  especially since their range stretches in fragmented habitats around Griffith Park, the Hollywood Reservoir, the Santa Monica Mountains and other SoCal green spaces. Friends of Griffith […]

Shark Discussion on July 15, 2014

Shark Discussion on July 15, 2014

You think it’s just water, waves and sand at the beach? Think again. There are THINGS out there, SoCal. Living things!!!! (da da DUM!) It’s not a big newsflash, but sometimes we Southlanders need to be reminded about our wild neighbors (even those cold blooded and without lungs) that call the Pacific Ocean their home. […]

Fishing Lure Hooks Both Mom and Chick

Fishing Lure Hooks Both Mom and Chick

The folks at the International Bird Rescue (IBR) have seen their share of tackle and fishing line injuries at their San Pedro center – but this week, rescuers were stunned by the damage of a multi-hooked fishing lure that gruesomely impaled both elegant tern mother and chick together. The good news is that the IBR […]

Rare SoCal Flying Squirrel…Next Endangered Species?

Rare SoCal Flying Squirrel…Next Endangered Species?

Like something out of a Red Bull commercial, this tiny flying squirrel can guide through the air between trees at distances up to 300 feet, using wing-like flaps that extend between their wrists and ankles. Extreme flying, dude! But the San Bernardino flying squirrel prefers the forests in the San Bernardino mountains which is becoming […]

Finding Trout in SoCal

Finding Trout in SoCal

When he was a kid in the 1970s, Ed Pert used to head down to San Juan Creek in San Diego County and meet old timers there who would talk about a creek so full of fish, ‘you could walk across it on their backs.’ Pert would fish back then with his buddies alongside those […]

Raising Birders – and More – at Leo Politi

Raising Birders – and More – at Leo Politi

The students were breathless. “Mr. Rumble! We saw something in the bush! Come quickly!” Bradley Rumble, principal at Leo Politi School near downtown Los Angeles was intrigued and followed the fourth graders out of the outdoor shady area into their once concrete-and-Bermuda-grass-plot-now-turned-native-plant-and-wildlife-habitat. After all, there *could* be a critter out there. It’s not unusual in […]

Which Way on World Turtle Day?

Which Way on World Turtle Day?

They may not be warm and fuzzy, but turtles and tortoises represent one of nature’s finest adaptions that has lasted these carapace-covered critters for millions of years. Sure birds evolved from dinosaurs, but these creatures are the real deal! Celebrating shelled reptiles from here to Timbuktu is the 14th Annual World Turtle Day (May 23, […]

It’s Rattlesnake Season; The Truth is Out There

It’s Rattlesnake Season; The Truth is Out There

sssssSSSSS….Snakes.  Are you scared? Don’t be. Southern California is home to ten species of snakes, but there’s only one you need to worry about – the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake – and that critter is shy recluse reptile that’s happy for seclusion, shade and a stash of fresh mice meat. Think of them as the Howard […]

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