Get Ready, Get Set, BIRD!

Get Ready, Get Set, BIRD!

If you’re near a keyboard, you’re near the birds. Taking place Feb. 15-18, 2013, the Great Backyard Bird Count goes global this year with the addition of mankind’s friend for the ages, the Internet.  Now, when you watch and record birds for 15 minutes at any location, you can tally your numbers online at www.birdcount.org […]

Ringtails in the San Gabe Mountains

Ringtails in the San Gabe Mountains

Why do they want to confuse us? They are called ring-tailed cats, but they are not part of the cat family. Sigh. Sure, they are cat-sized animals, but these beasties resemble a cross between a fox and raccoon with a very bushy long tail. A critter cam recently caught images of a ringtail snooping around […]

California Condors on Film

California Condors on Film

The challenges of getting the iconic California condor back up in the air where it belongs is the subject of a new 90-minute documentary that is slated to be screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Jan. 30 and Feb. 2. The Condor’s Shadow follows biologists, zookeepers, toxicologists and a feisty condor named Pitashi who tell […]

Got a Good Sea Snap?

Got a Good Sea Snap?

Calling all photographers: if you have a good photograph of ocean wildlife,  that image may send you to the Galapagos Islands. Sponsored by  the fine folks from SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank and Lindblad Expeditions, the “Ocean in Focus” photo contest is looking for pictures that  illustrate – either positive or negative – the human impact on ocean environment and species. With hundreds […]

For a Good Flock…

For a Good Flock…

Flappers, flitters and flutterers – if you want more to visit your backyard, join an upcoming talk by local ornithologist Kimball Garrett who will discuss “Backyard Birds in Angeles: Who They Are and How You Can Attract More of Them” on Feb. 9, 1:30-3:30 pm at Theodore Payne Foundation in Sunland. Garrett – along with […]

Welcome Back, Otter

Welcome Back, Otter

Last week, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to put an end to a 24-year-old “no-otter zone” in Southern California – which also put an end to an experimental program to establish a southern sea otter colony on a remote island off Santa Barbara. Long thought of as a “big mistake” by environmentalists, the […]

Sandhill Crane named 2012 Bird of the Year

Sandhill Crane named 2012 Bird of the Year

Winging by – and with – a long neck, the sandhill crane was announced as the 2012 Audubon California Bird of the Year. One of North America’s largest water birds, the crane racked up 43 percent of votes cat during an annual online poll that invited more than 12,000 readers and nature-lovers to choose a […]

Uninvited Reptile Shows Up in SoCal

Uninvited Reptile Shows Up in SoCal

  We all know that the holiday season often brings us together with hard-to-get-along guests – but a Southern California family recently discovered a very unwelcomed visitor creeping around the parameters of their Rancho Bernardo home. No it wasn’t a crazed alcoholic uncle scoping out the eggnog bowl, it was a poisonous Gila monster. Rare, […]

Tar Pits Unveils New Website

Fossil lovers who need their daily fix of All Things Pleistocene will shout a collective cry of joy on December 12, 2011 when the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits launches its new fangled, fancied-up website, www.tarpits.org. Promising to have more insight into the gooey world of Mid Whilsire Los Angeles (albeit 40,000 years […]

Wildlife Gets Relocation Package at Solar Plant

Wildlife Gets Relocation Package at Solar Plant

Transitions are tough. We know how hard it is to pack up belongings and move.  Broken dishes, unruly movers, sorting through the junk, adjusting to a new environment. But imagine how it is for wildlife that – with no intention of moving in the first place – are uprooted and presented with a new home. […]

More black oystercatcher beaks in California

More black oystercatcher beaks in California

  The problem with estimations is that, well, they are just guesses. Educated predications, sure, but still guesses. Pining for some hard empirical data, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently launched the first ever black oystercatcher survey for California. Apparently, scientists have a handle on the number of these birds with the hypnotic yellow […]

How Much Water For the Santa Ana Sucker?

How Much Water For the Santa Ana Sucker?

File this under: “How One Little Fish Can Raise Such a Big Ruckus.” The Santa Ana sucker has for centuries minded its own business, eating algae, surviving floods and procreating in some of Southern California’s pristine streams. Course, after humans infiltrated the landscape and removed most of the habitat for the olive-colored big-lipped beauty, Santa […]

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