Journal archives for June 2018

June 16, 2018

Gray wolves return to California after almost a century.

When Europeans arrived in North America, there were 2 million wolves, including about 380,000 wolves in what became the western United States, scientists say.

Pioneers, settlers and cattlemen feared the predators. Gray wolves were wiped out in California by the mid-1920s and all but exterminated in 48 states by the 1930s. In 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife added gray wolves to the state's endangered species list.

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June 19, 2018

Mammals are going nocturnal to avoid us.

The list of ways humans have altered the planet continues to grow: Animals are becoming more nocturnal, possibly as a means of avoiding the superpredators we've become, per a new study.

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June 03, 2018

Bureaucrats' power on trial in California wildlife dispute.

The case, California Sea Urchin Commission v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife, stems from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan in 1986 to widen the territory supporting the otter population.

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Annual California Invasive Species Action Week Benefits Environment and Native Species.

The fifth annual California Invasive Species Action Week is scheduled Saturday, June 2, through Sunday, June 10. Action Week is a statewide event that promotes public participation in the fight against invasive species that harm our environment, agriculture and native species.

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June 13, 2018

Snapshot Cal Coast 2018!

Hi everyone!

Alison & I wanted to let you all know that the third annual Snapshot Cal Coast is happening June 13 – June 20! This is the third year of a statewide effort to document California coastal biodiversity to better understand changes in species ranges and to get a sense of what species occur in specific coastal sites. Snapshot Cal Coast is organized by Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences in partnership with the California Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network and the California Ocean Protection Council.
We’re interested in species found in the rocky intertidal, sandy beaches, dunes, docks, estuaries, coastal scrub – anything along the coast from Del Norte to San Diego! Even though we are mostly focused on marine animals, we will get observations of all taxa from all coastal habitats, including birds, plants, reptiles, insects, and other terrestrial things!
Hundreds of folks will head out to the coast for these coordinated bioblitzes, June 13th- 20th. Last year almost 14000 observations were made as part of Snapshot Cal Coast 2017! Thanks in part to your awesome identification skills, in 2017, we added many, many species that had never been recorded on iNat!
We are hoping you can help again this year by keeping an eye on iNat and identifying for our Snapshot Cal Coast 2018 Project. We anticipate quite a few people new to iNaturalist participating in Snapshot Cal Coast, and getting IDs from folks like you will be hugely rewarding and will hopefully motivate them to keep on using iNat!
And, if you are in California, you can participate just by making observations along the coast – they will be automatically added to our Snapshot Cal Coast iNaturalist project. There are also quite a few events happening in support of Snapshot Cal Coast, click here to find out more information and find Snapshot Cal Coast Events.
If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments or contact either one of us.

Thanks all!
Rebecca (@rebeccafay) & Alison (@kestrel)
California Academy of Sciences Citizen Science

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June 05, 2018

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Reminds the Public to Leave Young Wildlife Alone.

Spring and early summer is the peak time for much of California’s wildlife to bear their young. With this in mind, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking well-intentioned members of the public to leave young wildlife alone.

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A Visit to California’s Version of the Galapagos Islands.

These islands—which seem to rise from the sea like a string of floating mountains—have never been part of the mainland. During the last ice age they were only five miles from shore, allowing mammals to raft there on debris and to then evolve in a relatively protected arena. Today the islands are home to 150 species found nowhere else on Earth.

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June 20, 2018

4 new mountain lion kittens found in California mountains.

Four new mountain lion kittens have been found by researchers studying the wild cats living in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains, wildlife officials announced in video posts Tuesday showing the blue-eyed babies meowing and one feisty one hissing and even taking a swipe at the person filming her.

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See A Bat? It Could Be Rabid, OC Health Care Agency Says.

Usually the rabies virus is transmitted to people from the bite of an infected animal. Experts say most cases of rabies in humans come from bats, who have tiny teeth, so their bites may go undetected. It's rare for a human to be contaminated through the saliva of a rabid animal through the eyes, mouth or an open wound.

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June 11, 2018

Court: Children's Pool can keep closing for seals.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a San Diego city ordinance that closes a picturesque children's beach for nearly half the year so that seals may give birth, nurse and wean their pups.

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