Journal archives for December 2018

December 18, 2018

Photos highlight evolving roles of AI, citizen science in species research.

On a midsummer evening earlier this year, Tracy Pham was on a walk along Huntington Beach, California, an outing she usually made to photograph birds. This time, along the way, she noted a collection of fiddler crabs scuttling along the mud and determined they were worth recording as well.

After posting her crab photos to iNaturalist, a mobile app and website used to document sightings in nature, sudden interest picked up in these crabs. A crustacean expert identified them as large Mexican fiddler crabs (Uca princeps), and their appearance at Huntington Beach was well out of the known geographic range – 240 kilometers farther north than any had been observed before.

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/12/photos-highlight-evolving-roles-of-ai-citizen-science-in-species-research/

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What’s Happening to Our Coyotes in the Region?

Scientific research on wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area and surrounding habitats has detected startling evidence on how widespread the exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides is amongst native carnivores. Specifically, by monitoring the populations of three meat-eating species (bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions), researchers found that a significant percentage of these animals had been exposed to these poisonous compounds. Bobcats and mountain lions both displayed 92% exposure, while coyotes, despite only having 83%, had rodenticides as the 2nd leading cause of death within the duration of this study.

https://coloradoboulevard.net/whats-happening-to-our-coyotes-in-the-region/

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December 01, 2018

Torrance votes to cull coyotes as residents demand action to reduce pet attacks.

Torrance votes to cull coyotes as residents demand action to reduce pet attacks.
Responding to pressure from residents concerned about the safety of pets and children, Torrance aims to implement a coyote culling program by fall of 2019 after conducting a state-mandated environmental analysis.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/torrance-votes-to-cull-coyotes-as-residents-demand-action-to-reduce-pet-attacks

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December 14, 2018

NPS eyes plant growth in Santa Monica Mountains following fire.

Many of the park’s oak trees, valley and live oak, were fully burned by the fire, from top to bottom. It remains to be seen is whether they will ultimately die or resprout with the winter rains. Park scientists say not all will survive, unfortunately. It makes a difference how deeply the burn got inside the tree itself. In this droughted environment the ones that hold the most promise for survival may be the ones that have the best access to water.
https://www.malibusurfsidenews.com/f/news-community/nps-eyes-plant-growth-santa-monica-mountains-following-fire

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December 06, 2018

The surprise reincarnation of Owens Lake.

Owens Lake will likely always remain robbed of its former glory thanks to Los Angeles's water dependance. But it's begun to transition into a natural jewel of different sort, a stark and sweeping landscape ringed by majestic mountains and attracting new life.

https://www.californiasun.co/stories/the-strange-rebirth-of-owens-lake/

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December 11, 2018

L.A. County to Consider Approval of City-sized Development in High Fire Area.

What: Board of Supervisors Meeting on the Centennial Development

When: Tuesday, December 11, at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Room 381B, 500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Who: Concerned community members, scientists and activists

Centennial would destroy habitat for rare kit foxes, California condors, mountain lions, and irreplaceable grasslands and wildflower fields. The project would also add 75,000 new long-distance commuters to the Southland’s overburdened freeways.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2018/Centennial-12-10-2018.php

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