Building a Mountain Frogtown for Yellow-Legged Frogs

Building a Mountain Frogtown for Yellow-Legged Frogs

Biologists are hoping to establish a future Frogtown high in the San Bernardino National Forest with the recent release of captive-bred young mountain yellow-legged frogs and tadpoles, one of the most endangered frogs in North America. A team of staff and volunteers from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research  (ICR) introduced the young […]

Summer of the El Segundo Blues

Summer of the El Segundo Blues

Love and wings are in the air for the El Segundo blue butterfly, that little inch-long flapper that has found a stronghold in the Ballona Wetlands. From now until about early September, these flutterers emerge from their cocoons and start their happy mating dance. It’s also a happy time for butterfly watchers, especially the Friends […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]