Journal archives for April 2018

April 10, 2018

Rare photo of 3 mountain lions sparking excitement.

A rare local photo showing three mountain lions in the wild is being called 'encouraging.'

The just-retrieved image of the cougars on an evening in late March was snapped by a wildlife camera run by the San Diego River Park foundation at its preserve near Julian.

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This New App Will Help You Identify the Plants and Animals You See in Nature.

New app Seek is giving curious outdoorsy types an easy way to identify the plants and animals they encounter, whether they're in the park, on a hike, or in their own neighborhood.

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April 17, 2018

Photos: Photographer Captures Pod of Orcas Swimming off San Diego Coast.

San Diego Wildlife Photographer Domenic Biagini hopped on a boat and set sail from Mission Bay over the weekend in search of a blue whale. But when he got miles off the San Diego coast, he found much more than a blue whale – he found a pod of killer whales, swimming in the blue waters around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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April 26, 2018

City Nature Challenge 2018

From Seabird McKeon‎:

Hi Naturalists! If you are participating in the #citynaturechallenge2018, we would love a field report to include in the naturalist podcast ( We have set up a voicemail box so you can leave a message of your adventures (under 1 minute please!). The voicemail number is (407) 965-5789. There is no dedicated message, so please leave a name, rough location (park, etc) and city team as basic info. After that, we’d love to hear about the local biodiversity that you saw/heard/experienced. If anyone wants to sent photos or video, please address those to

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April 14, 2018

Only 12 Vaquita Porpoises Are Left in the Entire World.

Last year the count was 30. When this year’s count came back at 12, optimism for the survival of the vaquita porpoise drained out of researchers’ hearts. Little hope remains for the species whose lives have been snared by illegal gillnet fishing in the Gulf of California.

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April 24, 2018

Tuleyome Tales: Their bite is tougher than their ‘bark’.

It wasn’t an otter or a muskrat. It was an American mink (Neovison vison).

I knew mink were native to California and somewhat prevalent in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region, but I’d never actually seen one in the wild before. So having one step right out in front of me was a wonderful and exciting treat.

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April 12, 2018

California’s elk need protection. The state needs to try harder to bring them back.

Elk are California’s largest land mammal. At 500 pounds with three-foot antlers, their sheer size inspires wonder. And for anyone who has watched cows and their calves emerge from the trees to cross an open meadow, or heard bulls bugling during the annual fall rut, the majesty of these animals is unparalleled.

Today the state’s three elk species face an uncertain future.

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April 01, 2018

Chasing big cats: Meet the first mountain lions caught for research in SLO County.

The first two mountain lions ever caught for research in San Luis Obispo County are a female cub that walked into a trap in the Irish Hills and an adult male that led trackers on a wild-cat chase in the rural ranching community of Pozo.

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Selfies are 'worst thing' for seal pups since the orca.

The Marine Mammal Center in California has asked beachgoers to refrain from taking selfies with the seal pups trying to catch some rays on the Northern California shores during pupping season.

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April 03, 2018

Whales, orcas converge in Monterey Bay.

The prospects of an annual phenomenon — the “Killer Whale Season,” as marine biologist Nancy Black in Monterey calls it — has many on edge in Monterey Bay.

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