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Hollow posts double as death traps

Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency rangers are saving wildlife one pipe at time, and the Conejo Valley Audubon Society applauds them. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, June 18, 2015 What do wildlife traps and open-topped vertical pipes … Continue reading

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Rare frogs survive first year

At least a handful of rare frogs have survived their first year in the Santa Monica Mountains due to an effort by the National Park Service to expand the range of the California red-legged frog in Southern California. Source of … Continue reading

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Meet the Verdugo Mountains’ very own mountain lion: P-41

The Verdugo Mountains are his home. He’s P-41, a male mountain lion who is ‘kind of a ham’ Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2015 Johanna Turner, a sound effects editor for Universal Studios, joined the … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara oil spill: Pipeline operator has long record of problems

Plains Pipeline, whose oil pipe ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has high rate of safety infractions Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2015 Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in … Continue reading

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Officials assess damage from big oil spill on Santa Barbara County coast

Cleanup effort of 21,000-gallon oil spill continues off Santa Barbara County coast Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2015 Cleanup crews on Wednesday began the delicate process of removing oil from fouled beaches after a 21,000-gallon oil … Continue reading

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Trailhead at Rancho Potrero open for business

Parking lot allows easier access to 326 acres of open space Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, May 7, 20015 Nearly seven and a half years after the intensely debated specific plan for the Rancho Potrero Open Space … Continue reading

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Drought kills 12 million trees in California’s national forests

Millions of trees continue to die in California due to drought and bark beetle invasion Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2015 Rangers in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.” Instead of the … Continue reading

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Graffiti artists’ move to national parks shocks nature community

A new generation of graffiti artists is regarding nature, not just urban spaces, as their canvas Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2015 Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris … Continue reading

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Thousand Oaks joins other area cities in opposing anticoagulants

Rat poisons blamed for harming local predators Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 23, 2015 The Thousand Oaks City Council has approved a resolution urging businesses and residents not to sell or use a type of rodent … Continue reading

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Elusive mountain lion P-22 captivates LA then quickly vanishes

Cougar flees crawl space of Loz Feliz home after officials clear area Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times Online, April 14, 2015 A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers … Continue reading

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