Beached Birds Show Up On SoCal Shores

Beached Birds Show Up On SoCal Shores

A large number of beached sick and emaciated seabirds are being rescued along Santa Barbara’s coastline. More than 40 birds – especially red-throated and Pacific loons – have arrived at the International Bird Rescue facility in San Pedro through the help of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. It’s unclear what is causing such bird […]

New OC Digs for Pacific Pocket Mice

New OC Digs for Pacific Pocket Mice

Mouse in the house? How about 50? That’s the number of endangered Pacific pocket mice that will soon be relocated into an area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park in Orange County, the first ever relocation of the adorable little mammal that makes underground homes. The Pacific pocket mouse recovery program is managed by staff at […]

An Extra Helping of Calamari?

An Extra Helping of Calamari?

Watch out. There are more arms, legs and tentacles in the oceans these days. The number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid) has increased in the world’s oceans over the past 60 years, say scientists at the University of Adelaide. Researchers from the University’s Environment Institute recently compiled an international database of cephalopod catch rates […]

Flying Squirrels On Their Own

Flying Squirrels On Their Own

They will have to fly it alone. The San Bernardino flying squirrel does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act, announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently. The USFW conducted a status review for this small tree-dwelling mammal that lives in the forest canopies of the San Bernardino Mountains; they determined that the […]

Rare Seahorse Seen Near Long Beach

Rare Seahorse Seen Near Long Beach

First it was venomous yellow bellied sea snakes washing up on our Southern California coastlines, but now a more docile but equally rare critter was recently spotted by a diver off the waters below Alamitos Bay. The Long Beach Press Enterprise reports that diver Roger Hanson saw and subsequently captured an image of Pacific seahorse, […]

Identify Bird Feathers Like a Pro

Identify Bird Feathers Like a Pro

How many times have you bent over to pick up a feather and thought: “Gee, which bird dropped this?” “Why aren’t I better at bird identification?” “What is the matter with me?” The folks at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can help you with some of those questions with its online Feather Atlas, a […]

Studying LA’s Urban Coyotes

Studying LA’s Urban Coyotes

We see ‘em everywhere these days. Sometimes they are as familiar as squirrels or finches. But rest assured, coyotes are indeed a different kind of animal. Discovering how coyotes survive in an intensively urbanized area is the goal of a new research project by the National Parks Service which has been studying carnivores in and […]

A Statewide Ban on Bobcat Hunting?

A Statewide Ban on Bobcat Hunting?

Hunters and hunted. It’s the law of the natural world. Some critters are on the top, some were destined to be lunch. But even those on the high end of the food chain often become meals for others in that Great Circle of Life. But we humans have altered the scene over the decades and […]

New Firefly Species Found in SoCal

New Firefly Species Found in SoCal

Fireflies may be the quintessential East Coast and Midwest bug, but some glowing nocturnal beetles also call Southern California their home. Recently a new species of firefly was discovered in SoCal by an undergraduate student at University of California, Riverside who was investigating the wildlands of Topanga for his semester’s insect collection requirement. According to […]

Wild Tykes: First SoCal Nature Center Preschool Coming Soon

Wild Tykes: First SoCal Nature Center Preschool Coming Soon

Imagine a preschool where youngsters will learn their ABC’s and 123’s among the birds and the trees – that’s the theory behind the first ever pre-K program in Southern California to be established at a nature center. The new pre-K facility will be housed at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach, a location […]

Want To Do When You Find….

Want To Do When You Find….

A little morbid? Maybe. But that dead animal or bird you discover could help scientists evaluate the health of wildlife populations as well as prevent and control diseases. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a new online tool for citizens to use when they find dead animals. Though still relatively new, the online […]

Young, Female and Lucky: P-33 crosses 101 Freeway

Young, Female and Lucky: P-33 crosses 101 Freeway

One young female mountain lion recently took a leap from her Santa Monica Mountain homelands toward the wider and bigger pastures north toward the Santa Susana Mountains – and wildlife researchers are rejoicing.  The 16-month old lioness, being tracked as P-33, someone managed to cross the eight-lane 101 freeway near Camarillo and now is exploring […]

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