Protected Habitat for Our Endangered Species

Protected Habitat for Our Endangered Species

Since our Southern California winter hasn’t seemed to hit yet (it is still warm here, even by our standards!), I was able to squeeze in one more week to check out a new potential field site for the spring.   read more

Condors Saticoy and Cuyamaca Flying Free

Condors Saticoy and Cuyamaca Flying Free

…many of our regular viewers have been inquiring about the status of the two previous years’ Condor Cam chicks, Saticoy and Cuyamaca. Recently, we have received updates from the field biologists that are monitoring and caring for the young birds, and we are excited to share the updates with you!   read more

A Day During Field Ecology Training

A Day During Field Ecology Training

The student awakens to the distant roaring calls of the red howler monkey. If he didn’t know better, he would think he was hearing the roar of some ancient ferocious beast. He stretches and collects his thoughts for the day. What wonders will await him today…and what deprivations might he endure?   read more

Vaquita: The Most Endangered Porpoise

Vaquita: The Most Endangered Porpoise

On the eastern side of the Baja peninsula in the northern Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) exists the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The vaquita marina Phocoena sinus, a type of porpoise, is inadvertently caught in nets intended for fish and shrimp…   read more

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Last week I saw firsthand how difficult the drought has been on our native snakes. While walking through the coastal sage, I found a large, female red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber). She was very thin and could barely move.   read more