The Quickly Disappearing Monarch

The Quickly Disappearing Monarch

In theory, California should count its blessings (sorta) when it comes to the number of monarch butterflies that have passed through the state this winter season. A new report from the Xeres Society reveals that the number of flappers that have overwintered in California has remained steady from previous years. Data from the Thanksgiving count […]

Frog-Ho!

Frog-Ho!

Herpetologists are rubbing their eyes in disbelief, but a small population of California red-legged frogs is hopping around the Simi Hills area, adjacent to the Santa Monica Mountains. These amphibians, the largest native frog in the Western United States, haven’t been seen in the neighborhood in four decades. According to the National Park Service about […]

Please, Fence Me In

Please, Fence Me In

Orange County roads may be a little safer for wildlife – especially mountain lions – if a proposed $3 million fence is erected on a stretch of freeway that’s known to be one of the deadliest critter corridors in the Santa Ana Mountain range. The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency would give the final nod of […]

New Santa Monica Mountain Lion Kittens

New Santa Monica Mountain Lion Kittens

Who doesn’t love a baby face? Three mountain lion kittens were recently discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains and biologists from the National Park Service are hoping to one day add them to the other mountain lions they are studying.  Born in the Malibu Springs area, the kittens (known now affectionately as P-32, P-33 and […]

Megapod of Canadian Orcas Visit SoCal

Megapod of Canadian Orcas Visit SoCal

Megapods are wondrous. All that joyous splashing, all that community cavorting. This week, a megapod of about 30 orcas delighted folks off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, including volunteers with the Gray Whale Census who were first surprised by the mysterious pod. On the American Cetacean Society’s Facebook page, Alisa Schulman-Janiger (census project director and orca […]

Got Geckos?

Got Geckos?

Have you stumble across the skittering reptile in your backyard, and said, “Hmm…I wonder if anyone would want to know about this cold-blooded cutie?” The answer is a resounding yes. Scientists want to know what is in your backyard – and not that pink flamingo or rusty chaise lounge. Backyard biologists can join in a […]

Condor Cam…Finally!

Condor Cam…Finally!

It’s about time the California condor got its own live animal cam – it seems there’s a cam for every critter worth watching these days so it’s high time the majestic flapper got into the video action. Launched by the Ventana Wildlife Society that partnered with the Oakland Zoo Federal Express and CamZone, this first […]

More Otters Off CA Coastlines, Sorta

More Otters Off CA Coastlines, Sorta

More California sea otters are swimming and frolicking in the waves according to a recent population census published by the U.S. Geological Survey. The threatened species – once assumed extinct – is showing a slow growth thanks to more pups and the addition of San Nicholas Island sea otters to the overall population count.  Sea […]

Record Number of Baby Garibaldis Raised at CMA

Record Number of Baby Garibaldis Raised at CMA

After 14 years of raising garibaldi, California’s state marine fish, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) has set a new record in the Aquatic Nursery this season with 71 healthy garibaldi juveniles. This is more than double the number of baby garibaldi in previous years. “This year’s success reflects all of our hard work dedicated to continually […]

LAX Home to New Legless Lizard Discovery

LAX Home to New Legless Lizard Discovery

For all those political secessionists, here is another reason to split California in half. Four previously unknown species of legless lizards have been unearthed in California, the only state in the U.S. that’s been home to a single legless lizard species, the California legless lizard. Now, centuries of years in the making, this critter has […]

The Birds are Back in Town

The Birds are Back in Town

The annual return of the migrating Vaux’s swifts to downtown L.A. is here. Flapping it in from Southern Alaska to their Central America winter homes, the vauxies are, according to Jeff Chapman, director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park, “right on time” despite reports that they have started their southward move a little later […]

Blue-Footed Booby Spied in SoCal Waters

Blue-Footed Booby Spied in SoCal Waters

“I think I have looked out at the Pacific Ocean thousands of times looking for birds, but I have never expected to see this bird,” says Dan Cooper, independent biologist who spied this morning a Blue-footed booby at about 7:45 am off the coast of Malibu near Gladstone’s Restaurant. Cooper had stopped at the overlook […]