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 […]

More Roaming for Desert Tortoises

More Roaming for Desert Tortoises

The San Diego Habitat Conservancy and the San Diego Zoo Global will be participating in a newly formed desert tortoise conservation bank which is located on 7,400 acres of private land in Eastern San Bernardino County owned by the Cadiz land and water development company. The Fenner Desert Tortoise Conservation Bank will provide permanent protection […]

Spiders Exonerated!

Spiders Exonerated!

Stop blaming spiders when you get bitten by an unknown insect. That’s the word from a team of scientists, led by an entomologist at the University of California Riverside who wants everyone to rest easy that a spider is NOT the culprit when you get a large red welt and pus-filled itchy skin eruption. After […]

Coast to Cactus Opening Jan. 17 in San Diego

Coast to Cactus Opening Jan. 17 in San Diego

The all-inclusive Southern California bio-region – under one roof? Is it possible to convey the complexities and intricacies of the diversity we have around us in one exhibit? After all, our SoCal terrain is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world given our high concentration of different species of any geographic area of […]

Coyotes in the Neighborhood

Coyotes in the Neighborhood

Urban coyotes are in the news again lately with the pack-loving canines causing more –than-usual havoc in some SoCal residential areas. (Can we blame this activity on the drought? Less food options in our wild areas? Or are we making life too easy for them with our urban smorgasbord of backyard pets and overflowing trashcans?) […]

Discussing Wildlife Corridors and More

Discussing Wildlife Corridors and More

How wild animals move around the landscape and healthy environments that can sustain them will be some of the topics covered by Dr. Jodi Hilty, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), as part of the Malibu Library Speaker Series. The talk takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm at the Malibu […]

Crash-Diving Grebes Overwhelm IBR

Crash-Diving Grebes Overwhelm IBR

Body of water…. a wet concrete sidewalk…..sure, there’s a difference, but many eared grebes aren’t seeing it these days. The International Bird Rescue (IBR) reports that its San Pedro facility is taking care of 50 grebes, twice the amount of these migratory coastal birds they usually see this year – and no one knows why. […]

Birds on the Brain at Bird Fest

Birds on the Brain at Bird Fest

SoCal hawks, titmouses, thrushes, warblers, woodpeckers are the rock stars at the first ever Bird Fest held Oct. 18 at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor’s Center at King Gillette Ranch, in Calabasas abourt 5 minutes off the 101 freeway. Bird-related workshops, live bird presentations (including a local rare albino raven), bird feeding crafts and […]

Wildlife Crossings – Coming Soon to a Freeway Near You?

Wildlife Crossings – Coming Soon to a Freeway Near You?

Watch out SoCal…you may be hearing more about wildlife corridor in the coming weeks, months and maybe years ahead. To raise awareness of the plight of land-locked critters, the National Wildlife Federation California has partnered with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund to advocate for such corridors, especially one that has been eyeballed at across the […]

Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

Here’s to more Frogtowns in California, now that the state has declared an official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog, a species that could use a little help when it comes to habitat, health and environment. Gov. Brown signed signed the bill into law June 28; we appreciate that the proposal for a state amphibian […]