A rare and native Los Angeles snail, Helminthoglpyta tudiculata, found by Museum citizen scientists.
How does the rain, or lack of it, influence our region’s snails and slugs? NHM’s El Niño #SnailBlitz was created to record this fauna during our...
A few days ago, Miguel Ordeñana, NHMer and local biologist working on the Griffith Park Connectivity Study, captured images of the elusive gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus. Fortunately, I'm able to speak fox (growing up on a farm in England gives you certain skills), and have, through the magic of Photoshop, been able to translate his "Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding's" and "Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow's" into English.
*If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about, you may want to check out Ylvis' sensational internet hit, "What Does the Fox Say?" Sure the fox they are talking about is most likely the red fox, Vulpes vulpes, but hey, I think you'll get the idea!
This is what the gray fox says:
Check out this never before seen image of our now famous Griffith Park mountain lion, Puma concolor, referred to by scientists as P-22.
P-22 (aka Hollywood) caught on camera by L.A. City Park Ranger Adam Dedeaux
Here's what Miguel Ordeñana, a field biologist and colleague of mine here at the Museum has to say about P-22:
"For those of you who don’t know, there is a mountain lion living in Griffith Park. You may have seen some of his pictures on the Nature Lab [our latest Museum exhibit] screen. My research team (Griffith Park Connectivity Study) first discovered him with one of our camera traps about a year and a half ago. This was the first photographic evidence of a mountain lion in Griffith Park. He was captured, collared, released, and named (P-22/Puma 22) soon...
On Monday night, I found a glowworm while I was up in Griffith Park! That's right people, glowworms really do exist, and they're right here in our city.
No it wasn't a discarded 80s toy, like these (though I might have been equally excited if it was):
It was like this:
Check out those sexy pectinate antennae!