Hawk Rescue in Banning

Thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement, animal services, wildlife rehabbers, and a long line of patient motorists, an injured red-tailed hawk has been given a new lease on life.

SoCal’s Watery Africa

SoCal’s Watery Africa

Comparing the eastern Pacific Ocean with the wildlands of the African Serengeti, a team of researchers have discovered some eye-opening facts about life in the world’s largest ocean – information that could very well direct public policy, recreation-seekers and conservationists – and may provide fodder for some upcoming spooky big-budget James Cameron flick about the deep sea.

Bigger Cemetery, Fewer Griffith Park Critters?

Bigger Cemetery, Fewer Griffith Park Critters?

The final resting place for nearly 200,000 humans is being weighed against the quality of life for urban critters in Griffith Park, probably the most urban “wild” park in the United States.

Because the dead keep coming, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills announced a new plan to create 200,000 new interment spaces at the nearly overflowing cemetery that butts up against the 4210-acre Griffith Park. More burial plots – above and below ground – would mean the removal of 835 oak, sycamore and walnut trees and some rare plants across 18 acres of land. Environmental groups are not happy

Doing Right for the Blackbird

Doing Right for the Blackbird

Audubon California, the California Department of Fish and Game, and three farmers have all gotten together to give 50,000 tricolored blackbirds a break in Riverside County and Central California,

Slow Down, Save a Whale

Slow Down, Save a Whale

We drive our cars slow in school zones and in residential areas, so why can’t big ships slow down when they are in whale neighborhoods? A coalition of environmental groups are asking the federal government to mandate that vessels traveling through California’s four marine sanctuaries power down to 10-knots to avoid colliding with blue, humpback and fin whales.

Condors Trump Construction in Newhall

Condors Trump Construction in Newhall

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said “No Way” to Newhall Ranch developer Lennar Corp that wanted a special exemption to kill California condors during the construction of a 60,000 person development community in the Santa Clara River Valley. According to the LA Times: … the developer will be allowed to capture and relocate one […]

Where do Wild Horses Come From?

Where do Wild Horses Come From?

For years, the Bureau of Land Management has rounded up thousands of wild horses on public lands – including California – offering them at auctions, placing them in short-term corrals or long-term pastures. Last year alone, BLM removed 9,715 horse and 540 burros from the range. Now, that practice is being questioned as the ancestry of these wild horses will be part of a case presented to a federal court in San Francisco.

Bears in the Foothills

Bears in the Foothills

We’re sorry to hear that last month a California black bear lumbered out of the foothills and snooped around the upscale homes of La Canada, stopping to eat four backyard chickens at a home on Bonita Vista Drive. This incident was only one of several recent bear sightings in the Northeast Los Angeles area. We […]

Cactus Wrens Under the Microscope

Cactus Wrens Under the Microscope

The 2007 Witch Fire was a devastating fire for people and wildlife, especially for the troubled cactus wren which has seen its habitat slowly squeezed down and out for decades now. It’s bad enough the songbird was struggling for survival pre-fire, but with the conflagration destroying much of the bird’s shrunken habitat, it’s a down-right […]

Illegal Killing of Mountain Lions at Tejon Ranch?

Illegal Killing of Mountain Lions at Tejon Ranch?

SoCal’s big wild cats are the subject of a state investigation that’s trying to discover just what the heck is going on at 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch. The California Department of Fish and Game is looking into claims by a former employee who alleges that he was fired because he complained about the company engaged […]

Dilemma in the Desert

Dilemma in the Desert

Green technology, that clean, eco-easy and eco-friendly savior to America’s dependency on fossil fuels, has just met its foe: the evasive and extremely endangered desert tortoise. In a script that smacks of complicated irony that only short story author O. Henry could compose, the events unfolding in the eastern Mojave Desert are creating a modern day […]