Humpies Have Higher Numbers

Humpies Have Higher Numbers

  There’s a little more traffic in Humpback Whale Land, according to scientists who recently published a report in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Back in 2008, scientists estimated about less than 20,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific; now, a new report indicates that the leviathan population to be more than 21,000 – or […]

Calabasas Says “Nope” to Coyote Trapping

Calabasas Says “Nope” to Coyote Trapping

Breaking with the Los Angeles County contract that allows the trapping and killing of coyotes, the City of Calabasas recently permanently banned coyote trapping and killing, opting instead for a plan for coexistence. Representatives from Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute are expected to work with city officials to hammer out the details for a […]

Big Reward Money for Mountain Lion Poacher

Big Reward Money for Mountain Lion Poacher

  It’s bad enough that urban mountain lions have freeways dissecting their territory, poisoned varmints for prey and an ever-shrinking space to roam – now this: poaching by humans. The small population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains got a little smaller last month with the discovery of a badly mutilated lion in […]

Ducks Dying in Lake Forest; Bread to Blame

Ducks Dying in Lake Forest; Bread to Blame

An important reminder: wildlife doesn’t need your non-wild food.

Dozens of dead and dying ducks have been discovered at ponds and lakes around Lake Forest, apparently the victims of botulism poisoning which causes infected birds to lose muscle control and often drown.

All it Wants is to Sing!

All it Wants is to Sing!

  Once again, genetics is showing its might – this time with the small 4-inch gnatcatchers. The black and blue songbirds that live up and down the California coast – and which have been on the Federally Threatened List since 1993 — shouldn’t be federally protected says a new lawsuit. Attorneys at the Pacific Legal […]

The Blues are Back in Town

The Blues are Back in Town

  Energizing environmentalists more than the Energizer Bunny is a recent discovery of the rare and highly endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly in the Ballona Wetlands. We’re not talking just one or two of the flutterers; about 30 of the small delicate butterflies were seen in the dune restoration area, a location that volunteers have […]

More Murres on Channel Islands

More Murres on Channel Islands

It’s been almost 100 years since the California common murre chicks have hatched on the Channel Islands, but researchers have discovered the that bird species has re-established its former southern range on far oft Prince Island, a small islet off San Miguel Island. Ecologists from the USGS and NPS are gushing like proud parents about […]

Clapper Rails In Recovery: Number 300 Just Released

Clapper Rails In Recovery: Number 300 Just Released

A milestone was celebrated recently at the Chula Vista Nature Center with the release of 26 endangered light-footed clapper rails into local marshes — the big event marked the 300th bird released in the 10-year breeding program. The Clapper Rail Recovery Program started when biologist and clapper rail champion, Richard Zembal, along with the Nature Center, decided […]

Rare Sperm Whale Sighted in Local Waters

Rare Sperm Whale Sighted in Local Waters

For the second time this year, a sperm whale has been seen off the Southern California coastline – and this rare encounter was witnessed by leviathan-lovers aboard a local whale watching excursion who will NOT be asking for their money back any time soon. According to Pete Thomas Outdoors: …Natalie Booth-Massey and others aboard the […]

Mountain Lions to Get More Elbow Room

Mountain Lions to Get More Elbow Room

A host of critters will have more roaming room that can’t be found on a GPS, thanks to a recent land acquisition by the Bureau of Land Management this week. Situation about 50 miles northeast of San Diego in northern San Diego county, this 400-acre land parcel was arranged through the Conservation Fund with the […]

Oh, For the Love of Krilll…

Oh, For the Love of Krilll…

Comparing the waterways around the Channel Islands to a freeway (shades of Carmageddon!), scientists are surveying the oceanscape in small research planes with the aim of providing data that will keep whales and ships far, far apart.

Wild Horses Not Native, say Biologists

Wild Horses Not Native, say Biologists

In June, we reported that animal rights groups were maintaining that the current stock of wild horses that roam on public lands are descendants of native horses that roamed the area about 1.5 million years ago. Armed with DNA and archeological data, these groups want these ‘native’ horses to get the cred they deserve as […]