Badgering House Details…

Badgering House Details…

Not just a Midwestern football team, badgers are complicated creatures that have special housing quirks and behaviors. No, it’s not about the color of their amoires, either.

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

June Calendar of Events

June Calendar of Events

The Butterfly Pavilion is now opened at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. Check out native SoCal flappers and caterpillars including a pipevine swallotail as pictured.

Snorkel local waters with Birch Aquarium

Snorkel local waters with Birch Aquarium

Get off the beach this summer and explore the wonders of SoCal waters with a variety of outings, courtesy of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Join aquarium naturalists who lead two different weekend excursions to get face-to-face with the marine life that lives just off the La Jolla coast. Choose […]

Open House for native flappers

Open House for native flappers

Orange County’s only butterfly house – that’s exclusively home to OC native flappers – is throwing open its doors on Saturday May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Don’t worry; there’s a second door to keep the butterflies contained!)

“The Improbable Crow” on May 18

“The Improbable Crow” on May 18

They use tools, they build objects and a whole bunch of them is called a “murder.” Considered among the world’s most intelligent animals, crows give us much to contemplate and celebrate. On May 18 at 7 p.m., Dr. John Marzluff will discuss this fascinating creature at a free public lecture “The Improbable Crow” at UCLA […]

Open House at California Wildlife Center on April 30

Open House at California Wildlife Center on April 30

Meet the caring people and the wild injured critters they serve when the California Wildlife Center hosts an open house on Saturday, April 30. Held from noon to 4 p.m., the twice-a-year event features behind-the-scenes tours, wildlife exhibits, children’s activities and – probably the biggest draw of the day – up-close encounters with rescued and […]

Free tour, free condors on April 30, May 4

Free tour, free condors on April 30, May 4

A match made in heaven: free tours to experience the landscape and maybe, just maybe, a glimpse of Califoria condors hanging out in their native ‘hood.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering free tours of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County, a key condor recovery location. Tours are April 30 and May 4 and start at 10 a.m.

Win a trip to Santa Cruz Island

Win a trip to Santa Cruz Island

The fine folks at the Nature Conservancy are offering an island adventure that’s close to home, but worlds away. Enter a chance for you and a guest to experience the beauty and grandeur of Santa Cruz Island, one of the five islands that make up the Channel Island National Park off the Ventura coast.

Field work fun in the Santa Monica Mountains

Field work fun in the Santa Monica Mountains

Proving that it’s not just for kids, the second annual Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival promises a bevy of outdoorsy-activities that will entice the stubbornest coach potatoes to get up to enjoy the wide open spaces. Watch owls fly at night. Identify a wildflower. Learn how to track mountain lions and bobcats. Listen to stories […]

Humpies on humpday

Humpies on humpday

Folks aboard the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara got an extra scoop this week, with the vessel’s first humpback whale sighting of the season, writes Pete Thomas in his Outdoor Action and Adventure blog. Six or more of the cetaceans were spotted. Pete reports: “We’ve heard rumors of these beasts coming back into the […]