After decades of work and land acquisition by numerous partners, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will officially celebrate the grand opening of the Backbone Trail, a 67-mile trail that stretches from the city of Los Angeles to Ventura County.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Nearly four decades after he signed into law some of the most sweeping pieces of legislation affecting the National Park System, former President Jimmy Carter has been made an honorary park ranger.
A long-term study into how best to manage the mix of private and public lands surrounding and within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California has led the National Park Service to recommend a 170,000-acre addition to the NRA, though it would not entail actually purchasing all those additional acres.
Radio collars on wildlife can provide invaluable data to researchers pertaining to the animal's movements and, in some cases, response to climate change. So when a collar falls off, goes silent, or the animal dies, a lot of potential research is scuttled. That's the case in Los Angeles, where a female coyote that was being tracked by National Park Service researchers appears to have drowned.
How many male mountain lions are roaming Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California? That's the question wildlife biologists hope to answer after recently capturing an adult male.
Bird Fest, an event featuring a host of free activities, will be held Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center. Bird enthusiasts and newbies alike are invited to celebrate all things bird.
A young mountain lion found dead in California in late September died from ingesting a form of rat poison, according to lab results.
Coyotes are opportunists, and in Los Angeles some of them apparently see a lot of opportunity. Since late-September, National Park Service researchers have been watching a young female coyote as she makes short forays into the urban core of the city of angels.
Three young mountain lions have been found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains in recent weeks, illustrating how difficult it can be for the large carnivores to survive into adulthood in such an urbanized and fragmented landscape.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California will host its second annual Recreation Festival later this month, and plans to fill the day with plenty of family activities in the outdoors.