Jim Dines http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/246/all en We Have a Bat Detector, and Bats Too! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-have-bat-detector-and-bats-too <p>Guess&nbsp;what? We have bats in the Nature Gardens! And we have proof, thanks&nbsp;to two of our intrepid scientists, Jim Dines and Miguel Orde&ntilde;ana.</p> <p>Here&#39;s the proof, in sonogram format:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/Tadarida_brasiliensis_sonogram.JPG" /></p> <p>Keep reading to find out what bat these blue and green blobs belong to!</p> <p>Here&#39;s what Jim and Miguel have to say about our bat detector:</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-have-bat-detector-and-bats-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-have-bat-detector-and-bats-too#comments bat detector bats bioacoustic monitoring Hoary Bat Jim Dines Los Angeles Nature Mexican Free-tailed Bat Miguel Ordenana Myotis Bat sonogram Blog Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:45:41 +0000 Lila Higgins 821 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Sea Monsters or Beaked Whales http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/sea-monsters-or-beaked-whales <p>WARNINGS:</p> <p>What you are about to look at is gross! Also, this post is not about L.A. urban nature, it is about&nbsp; Orange County marine nature. But, I contend that&nbsp;some beaches are pretty dang urban and Orange County isn&#39;t that different from L.A.<span>&ndash;</span>right?&nbsp;</p> <p>Plus, this is sort of sea monster-ish and therefore awesome, I couldn&#39;t resist!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/sea-monsters-or-beaked-whales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/sea-monsters-or-beaked-whales#comments beached whales beaked whales Cuvier's beaked whale Dave Janiger Jim Dines Mesoplondon perrini Odontoceti Perrin's beaked whale sea monsters Ziphius cavirostris Blog Wed, 08 May 2013 02:53:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 726 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Black Rats, Brown Rats, and the Plague http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague <p>I&#39;ve been spending a lot of time thinking about rats. Thankfully, it is not because I have a problem in my apartment! Unfortunately, for many people in L.A., rats are a serious pest, and it&#39;s not just one type of rat. The most serious rodent offenders in our cities are the brown (aka Norway) rat, <em>Rattus norvegicus</em>, and the black rat, <em>Rattus rattus</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague#comments black rats brown rats California ground squirrel Jim Dines mammals pests plague Rats Rattus norvegicus Rattus rattus Blog Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 694 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Breaking and Entering: Squirrel Moves into Opossum Den http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den <p><span>We have another new sighting for the North Campus. A California ground squirrel has been spotted using the </span><a href="/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil" target="_blank"><span>opossum den</span></a><span> located underneath one of our Museum sheds. So far it seems that both the opossums and the squirrels are sharing the space!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den#comments California ground squirrel Camera trap Jim Dines mammals Otospermophilus beecheyi pests Sam Easterson squirrels Blog Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:49:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 665 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Scat: Owls and Opossums Oh My! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/scat-owls-and-opossums-oh-my <p>Mystery abounds in the North Campus, for who&#39;s been leaving scat under the footbridge? I discovered a vast array (about 10 pieces) of scat while I was searching for fungi a few weeks ago, and of course I snapped some pictures to try and identify our most recent visitor.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/scat-owls-and-opossums-oh-my" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/scat-owls-and-opossums-oh-my#comments anima scat animal poop Bird List Burrowing owl Camera trap Jim Dines Opossum poop raccoon Sam Easterson scat Blog Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:44:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 679 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Squirrel Stew http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/squirrel-stew <div><span><strong>What&#39;s For Dinner (and the Unintended C</strong><strong>onsequences of Every Introduction)?</strong></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/squirrel-stew" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/squirrel-stew#comments Eastern Fox Squirrel Jim Dines peanut cam squirrel stew squirrels Blog Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:46:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 663 at http://www.nhm.org/nature