Troubling Stats for “State of the Birds”

Troubling Stats for “State of the Birds”

We want more tweets. Please. The Department of the Interior and the USDA issued its annual State of the Birds 2011 report and humanity has some ‘splaining to do. The document assesses birds on public lands and waters where more than 300 species live. Sure, the government has made improvements on public lands – and […]

Your Backyard Can be a NatGeo Wldlife Show

Your Backyard Can be a NatGeo Wldlife Show

If late-night thunks and clunks outside make you wonder if truly your backyard is home to a mysterious family of wild animals that aren’t your children, then consider making a plea to National Geographic to be on their new television series. “Wild” is a new NatGeo show where teams of wildlife investigators – armed with […]

Nesting Bald Eagles on Channel Islands

Nesting Bald Eagles on Channel Islands

There’s a bunch of “firsts” for bald eagles taking place on the Channel Islands these days. Number one: an eagle pair has nested on Anacapa Island, located 13 miles from the coastline off Ventura. This hasn’t happened in 60 years. Then, there a set of triplets were born to a proud eagle parents on Catalina […]

Webcams – Not Just for Nannies

Webcams – Not Just for Nannies

After being named “Bird of the Year” by the Audubon Society, the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) continues its high flight in the spotlight with a view from the nest, courtesy of Audubon Starr Ranch webcam in Orange County. That’s right. Real time nature at your fingertips!

Great White Shark Census: Few Call California coast home

Great White Shark Census: Few Call California coast home

They may be great and white, but the numbers of the great white shark who dwell off the central California coast are far fewer than biologists had thought. Research led by UC Davis and Stanford University put the number at about 219. The study, published this week in the journal Biology Letters, is the first […]

Numbers up for California condors

Numbers up for California condors

At one point, a mere 25 years ago, you could have easily written off the California condor: the population was extinct in the wild and only 27 birds were living in captivity at the San Diego Zoo. Pretty much a done bye-bye deal for North America’s largest flying bird, right?

Albino dolphins, sunfish off coast in Dana Point

Albino dolphins, sunfish off coast in Dana Point

Naturalists would have had a couple of A+ field days down in Orange County this past weekend because folks aboard a Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching vessel got a taste of nature at her most unusual – two, possibly rare albino dolphins and an estimated 2,200 pound sunfish (better known as a mola mola).

No help for rare SoCal butterfly

No help for rare SoCal butterfly

One of Southern California’s rarest butterflies, the Hermes copper, was denied endangered status on April 14 and was placed on the growing list of “candidate” species. “Sprawl and huge wildfires threaten to wipe out this beautiful butterfly,” said Ileene Anderson, a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, an organization that has been seeking protection […]

NHM: L.A. Butterfly Survey latest in backyard science

NHM: L.A. Butterfly Survey latest in backyard science

Spiders, lizards and ladybugs…now butterflies will be added to the list of critters that Angelenos can be on the lookout for as they help scientists from the Natural History Museum discover what exactly is lurking and living in the urban backyards of Los Angeles County. Set to launch this April, this new community science program – The Lost Butterfly Project – follows on the footsteps of three other on-going field research projects that aim to discover exactly where the wild things are in the Southland.

Long-distance flappers seen in San Gabriel Valley

Long-distance flappers seen in San Gabriel Valley

Often confused with immature red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks are, on the surface, typical looking run-of-the-mill hawks.  But don’t let looks fool you. These are top flappers in Birdland. As the world’s long-distance migratory raptors, Swainson’s hawks rack up more than 12,400 miles round trip each year traveling from North to South America. This week, folks […]

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