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 […]

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 […]

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