Counting Monarchs in the Rain

Counting Monarchs in the Rain

The rain was fierce, pouring down in steady sheets on this cold morning in Ventura. What kind of day is this to count butterflies, I wondered as I pulled into a small neighborhood park to meet Donna Grubisic, a volunteer with the Vista-based Monarch Program. Fat drops fell on our heads as we shook hands […]

On the Gray Whale Watch

On the Gray Whale Watch

There were many auspicious signs on the first day of the gray whale census at Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center in Palos Verdes where a group of faithful volunteers were shining up their binoculars for the annual cetacean count. In addition to spying a gray whale at about 7:30am – the official first one of the […]

A Vision of Griffith Park — Take That, Tadpoles

A Vision of Griffith Park — Take That, Tadpoles

“Everyone wants a chunk of Griffith Park, after a while, who knows how much of it will be left?” says Gerry Hans of the Friends of Griffith Park about the two baseball fields that are being proposed at the Crystal Spring picnic area. The wild side of Griffith Park has been getting a lot of […]

Bold Birds

Bold Birds

Captured with serious, bold and unflinching poses, the new exhibit “Nature LA: Birds of Prey” running into Jan. 5, 2014 at the G2 Gallery in Venice showcases Southland feathered flappers from the lens of Culver City-based photographer Jennifer MaHarry. These are the not the happy chirpers helping Cinderella that you’d see in a typical Disney […]

Biologist-In-Training

Biologist-In-Training

Agoura teen Tanner Saul is living at the right time when it comes to pursuing his dream of working with wildlife and his recent first place win in this year’s prestigious American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Awards.

A Bevy of Boobies for SoCal

A Bevy of Boobies for SoCal

California is suddenly THE place for Blue-footed boobies, the equatorial bird that is  famous for its shocking colored feet (only when they are old enough!), mating dance and being a resident of the Galapagos Islands. Birders are flocking to the SoCal coastlines to catch a glimpse of this rare flapper that usually is found in warm waters. […]

Pellies on the Mend

Pellies on the Mend

As a symbol of the SoCal coastline, the California brown pelican is a graceful flyer, soaring over the waves, catching an updraft and swooping down for a fish snack. But when young pelicans can’t get enough to eat – maybe their fishing skills are up to snuff – they can end up at the International […]

Home on the Pickleweed: The Belding’s Savannah Sparrow

Home on the Pickleweed: The Belding’s Savannah Sparrow

Countless birds fly under the radar in the Endangered Bird World these days. Many birds don’t get the full court press like their flashier “rock star” cousins, flappers that require extraordinary measures to ensure their survival in the wild. We hear about the superhuman efforts  (and big $$$) to save the California condors, bald eagles […]

Local Wild Things: Natural History Museum’s Nature Lab & Garden

Local Wild Things: Natural History Museum’s Nature Lab & Garden

Proving that scientists don’t have to travel to exotic and far-flung locations to discover new species, encounter biodiversity and track wildlife on the move, the folks at the Natural History Museum will open their much-anticipated Nature Lab and Nature Gardens to the public on Sunday, June 9, 2013. A combination outdoor lab, learning center and very pretty […]

Reptile Hunting in Malibu Creek

Reptile Hunting in Malibu Creek

It’s not every day you get to watch two grown men wrestle a young Southern Pacific rattlesnake from its hiding place underneath a pile of sticks into a Plexiglas tube. All in the name of education – and with a certain amount of scientific machismo – Drs. Robert Espinoza and Greg Pauly held up the […]

Wildlife, Present and Absent, at the Sepulveda Basin

Wildlife, Present and Absent, at the Sepulveda Basin

About four months after the Army Corps of Engineers ripped apart 48 acres of the Sepulveda BasinWildlife Area in the San Fernando Valley, wildlife continues to surprise and amaze – even though the absence of so many birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians still serves as a reminder that nothing in this life is ever a sure […]