California Condors Return to Bird Cams — Natural History Wanderings

from CornellLab of Ornithology After a yearlong hiatus, the California Condor cam is back streaming live from a small cave on a rock cliff in Ventura County, California. On April 10, condor pair #594 (female) and #374 (male) hatched a healthy chick. In this clip, Mom and Dad reinforce their bond by preening each other before tending to their 18-day-old […]

California Condors Return to Bird Cams — Natural History Wanderings

Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California — Natural History Wanderings

The Washington Post reports Disease-carrying ticks, commonly associated with wooded areas, are also abundant near beaches in Northern California, according to a study. They weren’t found on beaches themselves, but in the brush and vegetation beachgoers may walk through to get to the sand. Rea full article at Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California […]

Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California — Natural History Wanderings

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

Last week the governor ordered a state agency to stop issuing fracking permits to oil drillers, starting as of 2024. This is less of a big deal than it seems. Hydraulic fracturing is rarely used in California because the permitting process was tightened in 2014 and because our earthquake-shaken rocks are already well fractured, and […]

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

Critical Habitat Designated In Southern Calif. For Endangered Plant — Natural History Wanderings

Press Release from Center for Biological Diversity 98 Acres of Habitat Protected for Endangered Southern California Plant U.S. Fish and Wildlife Decision Falls Short of Needed Protection LOS ANGELES— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 98.4 acres of “critical habitat” for an endangered plant […]

Critical Habitat Designated In Southern Calif. For Endangered Plant — Natural History Wanderings

Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining | KRON4 — Natural History Wanderings

Kron4 reports The National Park Service says the Tule Elk’s population declined in 2020, likely due to drought conditions impacting the elk’s food. An annual census count found about 150 Tule Elks living on Point Reyes National Seashore have died likely due to drought conditions. Read more at  Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining […]

Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining | KRON4 — Natural History Wanderings

The UC Berkeley peregrine falcons are back with their first egg of 2021 — Natural History Wanderings

BerkeleySide reports This is the falcons’ fifth breeding season at the top of the Campanile. There will likely be three more eggs laid over the next several days. Veteran peregrine falcon mother Annie laid her first egg of 2021 early this morning in her gravel nest on UC Berkeley’s 307-foot-tall Campanile. Since then, the pair has […]

The UC Berkeley peregrine falcons are back with their first egg of 2021 — Natural History Wanderings

Bottlenose dolphins off San Diego! — Cool San Diego Sights!

Today I headed out into the wide Pacific Ocean aboard the Adventure Hornblower. We were going to look for whales! Sometimes you can find blue whales–the planet’s largest animal–feeding at the Nine Mile Bank, which is an underwater mountain range deep in the ocean west of San Diego. You might recall I went summer whale […]

Bottlenose dolphins off San Diego! — Cool San Diego Sights!

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area — Marine Management News

Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area. photo © Rosa Laucci CC BY-NC 2.0 Traditional surf smelt drying on beach during summer fish camp. photo courtesy Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Archives Surf smelt. photo © Rosa Laucci CC BY-NC 2.0 California’s northernmost marine protected area (MPA), Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA), is located just south […]

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area — Marine Management News

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area — Marine Management News

Duxbury Reef SMCA on a sunny day. CDFW photo by S. Worden Iridescent seaweed at Duxbury Reef SMCA. © Lena Zentall CC BY-NC 2.0 Opalescent nudibranch at Duxbury Reef SMCA. © bibitsbiobits CC BY-NC 2.0 From ancient trees to undersea kelp forests, fog-drenched coastlines to ice-carved granite peaks, the natural landscapes of California offer a […]

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area — Marine Management News

Wild california; Gray whales — Hidden History

One of the most prominent tourist attractions in Long Beach CA is the Aquarium of the Pacific. And one of the popular activities at the Aquarium are the whale-watching tours. Pacific Gray Whale The Pacific Gray Whale, Eschrichtius robustus, is related to the Humpback Whale and the Fin Whale, but is distinctive enough to be […]

Wild california; Gray whales — Hidden History