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 […]

Grunion Love, SoCal Style

Grunion Love, SoCal Style

While a weekend in Barbados watching mama sea turtles lay eggs in the beach sand DOES sound pretty darn nice, Southlanders don’t need to travel far to experience a sea creatures exiting the water with the purpose of procreation. The Southern California Grunion Run is a bona fide rite of passage and an annual event that celebrates that slippery silver fish that has found beach sand the perfect incubator.

Sheeper Peepers: Looking for Big Horns in the San Gabriel

Sheeper Peepers: Looking for Big Horns in the San Gabriel

Chanelle Davis was trying her best, but I was getting nervous. The wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife was giving us newbies a crash course in how to identify big horn sheep, particularly the delicate differences between the young males and the females. It’s all about the horn size, Chanelle told us, […]

Blue Whales In February? Not So Crazy

Blue Whales In February? Not So Crazy

Those early blue whales that have been spotted off the coastline in Southern California this week and last may not be as unusual as you think. For the past five years, the first sightings of these behemoths have been in April; last year, there was a February sighting as well. A few early blues have […]

Oiled Murres Overwhelming Bird Rescue

Oiled Murres Overwhelming Bird Rescue

Volunteers and staff at the International Bird Rescue’s (IBR) Los Angeles center are putting in extra hours to wash, rehabilitate and care for an unprecedented number of oiled seabirds that are being delivered almost daily to the San Pedro facility.

Record Number of Cal Sea Lions Need Help

Record Number of Cal Sea Lions Need Help

They have loose, rolling skin and their ribs show through their tiny brown bodies. There is a glaze in their large round eyes. When they flop or lay down on the cement dry areas, it’s not the normal lounging that healthy California sea lions typically do for hours on end.  Even their whiskers seem droopy. […]

Where Are The Monarchs?

Where Are The Monarchs?

Seeing any orange and black flappers this year? No? Not too many? Those giant monarch clusters…not so big? Not surprising. The monarch in Southern California has been experiencing dramatically depleted populations and last year was no exception. Every year around Thanksgiving, scores of citizen scientists – under the guidance of the Xerces Society – head […]

Ready for Their Big Cat Close-up

Ready for Their Big Cat Close-up

The dramatic story of the two Burbank mountain lions — Olive and Leno, now living in Paso Robles at a conservation education facility Zoo to You – is being filmed by Elkins Eye Visuals and Totem Pictures , San Francisco-based film companies under the auspices of directors David Elkins and Aneeta Akhurst.   Elkins has “always […]

No Longer Cubby – Burbank Mountain Lions Thriving in Paso

No Longer Cubby – Burbank Mountain Lions Thriving in Paso

They were once malnourished, fearful and full of parasites, but now these former SoCal two mountain lion cubs have grown into strapping young cats ready for the world ahead of them, a world that doesn’t involved being poked at with sticks by strangers on the streets of Burbank. Found in December of 2011 under a […]

Stay in Your Own Lanes

Stay in Your Own Lanes

With the news about the upcoming change in shipping lanes in the waters off Southern California – which means more room for whales to roam in their traditional feeding areas free of potential collision with shipping vessels – there was a big surprise on a recent whale watching expedition. There she was, a fin whale […]