Urban trees are not enough. Home gardens matter.

Photo by Sandrine Biziaux Scherson Trees cannot meet the needs of all urban birds.  This is especially true of some of the non-native and exotic species commonly planted in California’s urban and suburban areas.  Furthermore, some birds are primarily ground foragers and shrub nesters.  It’s wonderful really, how wildlife partition and share the resources within their habitats.  Reduced competition is the … Read More

How many people does it take to rescue a baby owl?

Here’s a story as good as just-baked bread! On March 16 at seven in the morning “Cocoa’s” persistent barking sounded the first alarm.  Hollywood Hills homeowner, Debi Henningsen, could not ignore her miniature pincher’s ruckus and urging to follow him outdoors.  Sure enough, Cocoa had good reason!  As still as an owl can be, a baby Great Horned Owl sat … Read More

What to do in a wildlife emergency

Immature songbird by Four Oaksby Christine Saito Many species live in the habitat available in parks, undeveloped land and in our backyards. This provides an exciting opportunity to view wildlife through recreation or education. Keeping wildlife safe and preventing harm is the key to successful coexistence. Imagine for a moment that you’re doing some light gardening or you’ve hired tree … Read More