RASCals http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/717/all en First Lizard Found in Museum's Nature Gardens! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-lizard-found-museums-nature-gardens <p>On November 19, 2014 something happened at work that I&rsquo;ve been waiting three and half years for. Unfortunately, I wasn&rsquo;t here to witness it, but thanks to citizen science I was able to celebrate&nbsp;the discovery, even though I was 6,187 miles away.</p> <p>On that day, newly turned citizen scientist Toni Castillo documented the first lizard in the Museum&rsquo;s Nature Gardens.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/WFL_NG_FIRST.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /></p> <p>Photo courtesy of Toni Castillo</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-lizard-found-museums-nature-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-lizard-found-museums-nature-gardens#comments Greg Pauly lizards Nature Gardens RASCals Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California Toni Castillo Western Fence Lizard Blog Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:42:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 854 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Hawk Attacks Snake and Epically Fails! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hawk-attacks-snake-and-epically-fails <p>Guest Blog by our very own Dr. Greg Pauly:</p> <p>For local wildlife, living in the big city can be rough. Encounters with people and their dogs, cats, and cars all present threats not experienced by critters living outside of urban areas. Plus, these city dwellers still have to contend with many of the usual threats like predators and weather extremes. Here are two photos celebrating the scrappiness it takes to be a city dwelling reptile, and also celebrating the incredible opportunities to observe urban nature in action.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hawk-attacks-snake-and-epically-fails" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hawk-attacks-snake-and-epically-fails#comments alligator lizard California striped racer gopher snake Greg Pauly hawks RASCals Red-tailed Hawk snake Blog Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:46:42 +0000 Lila Higgins 834 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Green Anoles in Hancock Park! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-anoles-hancock-park <p>Dr. Greg Pauly,&nbsp;the Museum&#39;s intrepid curator of herpetology,&nbsp;just found a previously&nbsp;undocumented population of green anole lizards, <em>Anolis carolinensis, </em>in Hancock Park! This is&nbsp;the latest discovery in our increasingly popular RASCals (Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California)&nbsp;citizen science project.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/green_anole.jpg" /></p> <p>One of the Green Anoles, <em>Anolis carolinensis, </em>Greg found in Hancock Park.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-anoles-hancock-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-anoles-hancock-park#comments Anolis carolinensis chameleons Citizen Science Green Anoles L.A. County Fair little green lizards lizards for sale at the fair R RAAD RASCals Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California Blog Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:26:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 825 at http://www.nhm.org/nature