The Hidden Desert: A wildlife biologist grad student at Duke University wants to remedy our lack of knowledge about desert kit foxes, and she's using some remarkably new technology to do so -- both in the field and on the Internet.
Land Use: In a bit of long-awaited good news for Joshua Tree National Park and its wild residents, the agency responsible for disposing of L.A. County's trash has abandoned the idea of using the closed Eagle Mountain Mine as a landfill.
The Hidden Desert: If FWS really wanted to get "aggressive" in enforcing the provisions of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act that protect eagles, it would send a message not by way of a press release, but by way of the local U.S. Attorney.
Wildlife: A Laguna Beach-based marine life rescue group has seen such an increase in the number of severely dehydrated and malnourished sea lion pups this season that the organization is calling it an epidemic.
The Hidden Desert: The last time you took a long road trip, did you assume you had enough gas because you checked the gas gauge a couple days ago? That's how California manages its bobcat population: letting the "supply" go uncounted for more than three decades as we burn through a thousand or more each year.
The Hidden Desert: In November, the California Air Resources Board ruled that according to data from lakebed monitors, the DWP was solely responsible for the horrendous air quality caused by dust blowing off Owens Lake. DWP's response? Get rid of the monitors.
Wildlife: The mountain lion that wandered into downtown Santa Monica and was fatally shot last month was a young male genetically linked to a local population and was not an exotic pet, according to the National Park Service.
Wildlife: The Mojave has long stood in, in the public mind, for barrenness, an impression reinforced by generations of forbidding location shots in westerns and other films, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
Wildlife: As concern grows over the toll industrial wind turbines take on California's largest birds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to change the permitting system -- and it may not be for the better.
Wildlife: You might find the notion that Southern California's Mojave River has a native fish a bit surprising. After all, for most of its 110-mile run from the San Bernardino Mountains out to Baker the riverbed is dry as a bone, its water flowing underground if at all.
Wildlife: The desert slender salamander, declared endangered soon after its discovery in 1969, has not been seen in the wild since the 1990s. Still, wildlife biologists aren't ready to declare it extinct. At least not yet.
Wildlife: White pelicans are common this time of year along the California coast and in the estuary of the Colorado River, but in a few weeks, they will pick up and head for other parts of the country.
Wildlife: If you see a bunny in the Southern California desert, ask yourself if you'd call it "lanky." If so, that's a jackrabbit. If not, it's a cottontail. Cottontails are compact and pudgy looking. Jackrabbits are neither of those things.
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