March 18, 2020

Sea Otters, Opossums and the Surprising Ways Pathogens Move From Land to Sea.

A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A study from the University of California, Davis, elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways infectious pathogens can move from land to sea to sea otter.

https://yubanet.com/scitech/sea-otters-opossums-and-the-surprising-ways-pathogens-move-from-land-to-sea/

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March 09, 2020

City Nature Challenge 2020

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March 06, 2020

Hearst San Simeon State Park recruiting new elephant seal volunteers.

Hearst San Simeon State Park is now seeking new volunteers to educate visitors about the northern elephant seal. These volunteers must be wildlife enthusiasts who enjoy sharing fascinating stories about these one-of-a-kind marine mammals and their unique life cycle.

https://keyt.com/lifestyle/community/2020/03/05/hearst-san-simeon-state-park-recruiting-new-elephant-seal-volunteers/

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February 29, 2020

Festival of Whales swims into Dana Point.

Dozens of events will be held Mar. 7, 8, 14 and 15 for the 49th iteration of the event, including several boating-themed festivities. The event will, of course, feature whale watching, both from land or sea. Several different whale watching boat trips will be offered throughout each day of the festival. Festival goers can also walk to the cliffs at Dana Point Headlands near the harbor for a good land-based whale watching location.

https://www.thelog.com/local/festival-of-whales-swims-into-dana-point/

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February 19, 2020

Nature up close: Marine biology at Monterey Bay.

The upwelling from the canyon, along with the mixing of cold ocean currents from the north and warmer currents from the south, provides nutrients for a vast variety of more than 525 fish species, 36 species of marine mammals (such as whales, dolphins, seals and sea otters), kelp and another 450+ species of algae, and thousands of invertebrates varieties.

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/nature-up-close-marine-biology-at-monterey-bay/

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'Buy Shirt To Save Seals': Marine Mammal Care Center Fundraiser.

The Marine Mammal Care Center is the only 24/7 hospital for marine mammals in LA County. They are in desperate need of funds to stay open.

https://patch.com/california/palosverdes/amp/28587070/buy-shirt-save-seals-marine-mammal-care-center-fundraiser

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February 18, 2020

Underwater video of Northern right whale dolphins, lunge feeding Humpbacks in Monterey Bay.

"Monterey Bay Whale Watch just captured some rare underwater video of a little known and very unusual kind of dolphin that is shaped like a torpedo, has no dorsal fin, with a delicate small tail stock and fluke, and is strikingly colored black and white."

https://www.ksbw.com/amp/article/watch-underwater-video-of-northern-right-whale-dolphins-lunge-feeding-humpbacks-in-monterey-bay/30970936

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February 15, 2020

Observation of the Month: Fox squirrel.

For a long time, the only squirrels found at Mission Trails Regional Park were California ground squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi). But in 2016, an iNaturalist user photographed a fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) on a trail west of Kumeyaay Lake. No one reported another fox squirrel in the park on iNat until April 2019 and since then, seven more observations have been posted, including one by skylukr (bit.ly/2uhjARI). This new population of non-native critters seems to be confined to an urban border of the park, just east of Kwaay Paay Peak Trail (off of Father Junipero Serra Trail).

https://missiontimescourier.com/observation-of-the-month-fox-squirrel/

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February 14, 2020

Endangered Species Protection Urged for Southern California Mountain Lions.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended Thursday that six struggling mountain lion populations, some in southern California, be protected under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

https://timesofsandiego.com/tech/2020/02/13/endangered-species-protection-urged-for-southern-california-mountain-lions/amp/

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February 10, 2020

We’ve Been Systematically Underestimating Sea Otters’ Historical Habitat.

Estuaries once harbored thousands of otters, and now conservationists want to extend recovery efforts to California’s largest estuary: San Francisco Bay.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/weve-been-systematically-underestimating-sea-otters-historical-habitat/

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