January 20, 2016
L.A. River Coyote Drowned in Lake at MacArthur Park
A radio collared coyote found dead in a City of Los Angeles park last December is believed to have died by drowning. The female subadult coyote, known as C-146, was tracked for two months as part of researchers’ efforts to better understand how coyotes live in extremely urbanized areas.
January 14, 2016
Mountain Lion Kittens Born in Santa Monica Mountains
Biologists from the National Park Service recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The female and male kittens, now known as P-46 and P-47, were implanted with tracking devices after researchers located their den in a remote area.
January 07, 2016
Local Film Event Celebrates 100 Years of National Parks
In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, local film historians will host “The Centennial on Screen: 100 Years of our National Parks in the Movies” at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on Sunday, January 24.
January 07, 2016
Griffith Park Mountain Lion Appears Healthy, Recovered from Mange
National Park Service researchers recaptured the Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22 last month and report that he appears healthy and has recovered from a serious bout with mange.
December 04, 2015
Scientists Capture Adult Male Mountain Lion
A National Park Service biologist recently captured a large adult male mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains. Now known as P-45, he is estimated to be three to four years old.
November 24, 2015
Free Festival Celebrates All Things Bird
Bird Fest, an event featuring a host of free activities, will be held Saturday, Dec 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center. Bird enthusiasts and newbies alike are invited to celebrate all things bird.
November 10, 2015
Mountain Lion Was Exposed to Multiple Poisons, Tests Show
Lab results confirm that the mountain lion known as P-34 was exposed to multiple compounds of anticoagulant rodenticide, a form of rat poison. The subadult female, tracked as part of a National Park Service study, was found by a hiker in Point Mugu State Park on September 30.
October 21, 2015
Scientists Begin Tracking LA River Coyote
As part of their recent efforts to better understand how coyotes survive in extremely urbanized areas, National Park Service researchers recently began tracking a coyote in Northeast Los Angeles near the LA River.
October 09, 2015
Deaths of Young Mountain Lions Illustrate Challenges to Survival
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Three young mountain lions have been found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains in recent weeks, illustrating how difficult it can be for the large carnivores to survive into adulthood in such an urbanized and fragmented landscape.
October 05, 2015
Free Festival Encourages Outdoor Recreation
AGOURA, CALIF. - Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend the National Park Service's second-annual Recreation Festival on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also known as Rec Fest, this free, family-friendly event will take place at Paramount Ranch in Agoura and will feature several hands-on opportunities to introduce families to the outdoors.
September 08, 2015
Free Live Reptile and Amphibian Show Set for September 20
CALABASAS, Calif. – Fans of all things slithery and scaly are invited to attend the Live Reptile and Amphibian Show at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on Sunday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
August 19, 2015
Local Youth Complete Summer Jobs with National Park Service
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A National Park Service program designed to introduce inner-city youth to environmental careers wrapped up its 16th season this week. A new partnership with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps helped organizers double the size of this year’s cohort.
August 13, 2015
Mountain Lion Struck and Killed by Vehicle on Interstate 5
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- A young mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 5 near Castaic early Monday morning. Known as P-32, he is the only male known to have dispersed out of the Santa Monica Mountains and into the more contiguous habitat areas to the north.
July 29, 2015
Summer Star Festival Set for August 8
AGOURA, Calif. – The National Park Service will co-host the third annual Summer Star Festival from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura.
July 28, 2015
New Study Offers Insights Into Los Angeles' Most Urban Coyotes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- A National Park Service effort to better understand how coyotes survive in one of the nation’s most intensely urbanized areas is providing new insights into their movements and behavior.
July 02, 2015
Noted Native American Mapmaker Visits Local Culture Center
NEWBURY PARK, Calif. -- Noted Native American cartographer Aaron Carapella will visit a local culture center and present his work onSaturday, July 18. The National Park Service will host two presentations, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park.
June 15, 2015
Rare frogs survive first year in new home
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- At least a handful of rare frogs have survived their first year in the Santa Monica Mountains, part of the first-ever effort to expand the range of California red-legged frogs in Southern California.
June 05, 2015
New Patrol Horse Donated to National Park Service
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The National Park Service recently welcomed a new patrol horse to its ranks. Known as Jordan, the 10-year-old quarter horse was donated by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, the park’s official fundraising partner.
May 29, 2015
National Park Service Begins Tracking Mountain Lions in the Verdugo Mountains
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- National Park Service biologists captured a mountain lion in the Verdugo Mountains on May 7, marking the first time a large carnivore has been studied in that small and isolated mountain range.
May 22, 2015
National Park Service Invites Public to National Trails Day June 6
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The National Park Service and its partners invite the public to roll up their sleeves and participate in National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be repairing a portion of the Backbone Trail east of Encinal Canyon Road.
May 01, 2015
National Park Service Concert Series Kicks Off May 10
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. —The National Park Service’s annual Sunday Concerts in the park will kick off at 4 p.m.May 10 at Peter Strauss Ranch featuring local bands the Hanydymen and the Chance Bands, playing songs from the Eagles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan the Byrds, Mavericks and others.
April 24, 2015
Second Mountain Lion Crosses 101 Freeway, Disperses from Santa Monica Mountains
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Following the example set by his sister, a young male mountain lion known as P-32 recently became the second big cat in less than a month to cross the 101 Freeway and disperse north, out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
April 24, 2015
Report Released on Economic Benefit of Local National Parks
Ventura, CA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows the economic benefit of Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to our local economy in supporting 706 jobs with a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $68 million.
April 20, 2015
Find Your Park— Celebrate National Park Week at the Channel Islands and Santa Monica Mountains
Ventura, CA — Today, Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica National Recreation Area invite the public to celebrate National Park Week at their local parks and to join the Find Your Park National Park Service Centennial campaign.
April 17, 2015
GPS Data Offer Clues on Famous Lion Locations
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- New GPS data provide additional insights into the days before and after the mountain lion known as P-22 was discovered under the crawlspace of a Los Feliz home, triggering an avalanche of media coverage.
March 20, 2015
Mountain Lion Crosses 101 Freeway, Successfully Disperses from Santa Monica Mountains
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – For only the second time since the National Park Service began studying local mountain lions in 2002, researchers have documented a successful crossing of the 101 Freeway.
March 16, 2015
Disease and Freeways Drive Genetic Change in LA Bobcats
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A recent study documents that freeways, urbanization and a disease outbreak have led to significant genetic differentiation among bobcats in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, but that natural selection is helping to reduce potential negative effects. Researchers from UCLA and the National Park Service collaborated on the peer-reviewed article, recently published in the journal Evolutionary Applications.
March 03, 2015
New Restoration Project Will Add 5,000 Plants and Trees to National Park
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Help is on the way to revive native trees and plants in the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, thanks to a $94,469 grant by the Ventura County Tree Mitigation Fund.
February 11, 2015
National Park Service Hosts Winter Star Party February 21
AGOURA, Calif. – The National Park Service invites the public to attend the Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch on Saturday, February 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.