While this winter's rains alleviated drought conditions in California, they also nourished a new crop of invasive species in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where officials hope volunteers will turn out to help rangers pull the unwelcome plants.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
While roadkills have impacted the number of mountain lions in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, those are offset at times by the arrival of kittens. This week the park staff has announced a new litter of at least one kitten, though there's concern the parents are related.
National Park Service researchers surveying a stream in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area last week spotted signs of California red-legged frog reproduction. The nine egg masses found are the first known evidence in recent times of the species sustaining a population in the Santa Monica Mountains without the help of humans.
More than a decade ago, National Park Service researchers collected coyote scat from 14 sites in and around the Conejo Valley in California. They wanted to understand the diet of local coyotes. Researchers are now going back to those same sites to repeat the study and see what has--or has not--changed.
A young female mountain lion was recently struck and killed by a vehicle on State Route 118 to the north of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, marking the third time a mountain lion was hit by a vehicle on the same stretch of freeway since December, according to the National Park Service.
Star shows are on the calendar for this weekend in both Death Valley National Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.
A fatal collision removed not only a mature female mountain lion from the population that roams the Santa Monica Mountains of California, but also is expected to lead to the deaths of her three kittens, the National Park Service announced Thursday.
In the quilt of public and private lands that fall within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, wild and domestic animals live relatively side-by-side. But when animals such as mountain lions view alpacas and goats as meals, then California officials can essentially sign death warrants for the cats. That's been done in the case of P-45, a mountain lion thought to be responsible for the recent predation of 11 alpacas and a goat.
Study: Light Pollution From Within Southern California’s Coastal National Parks Steady Or Decreasing
A study has found that the amount of light pollution produced within Southern California's three coastal National Park Service units has not significantly changed, and in one case has decreased, over the past two decades.
National Park Service researchers recently discovered two litters of mountain lion kittens in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains. A total of five kittens, three females and two males, were eartagged and returned to their respective dens earlier this month.